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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Blogtour: Review: Holding Myself by Victoria J. Brown

Today I’m reviewing Holding Myself by Victoria J. Brown as a part of her publication blogtour with the newly re-launched Bombshell Books.

What a fantastic read this is. I didn’t really know what to expect as this is definitely a book I chose as a heart over head read -  you know the ones where the cover and a couple of lines of the blurb speak to you – and you grab it without investigating any further. Anyhow – I sat down to start reading, and several hours later, with just a quick bit of shut-eye (it was a school night!) I finished the last page as dawn was breaking and the blackbirds started making a racket in the back garden.

Yup – this is one of those books that you just can’t put down.

One of the strangest and most unexpected elements of the book was that I didn’t like the main character. No – actually that’s wrong – I really liked the main character but I really didn’t like her actions, decisions and the way she responded to life. But this was all part of the beauty of Brown’s writing.  Kat is such a complex lead, but I knew exactly why she was responding to life in the way she was. She is a damaged character with such difficult past that, even while wanting to give her a good shake and talking to, I really wanted everything to work out for her and for her deepest issues to heal so that she could enjoy the life she deserved.

Holding Myself deals with some harrowing and incredibly difficult issues- but far from being a difficult read, the tone and craft of the writing turns this into a gripping, unputdownable drama laced with moments of humour and warmth that seem to hug the reader to them.

This is a novel that is absolutely cram-packed full with drama whilst remaining anchored in real-life. The characters are complex and memorable. Overall, despite the difficult issues touched upon, Holding Myself is ultimately a life-affirming read with recognisable, real-life moments full of warmth and compassion.

The Blurb:

Kat has a busy life. She runs her own beauty salon and has an alcoholic father to worry about. To make matters worse she has just discovered she is pregnant.

Kat and Max have only been together for six months and she has a turbulent relationship with his mother and his ex-girlfriend who refuses to go away.

As the pressure builds Kat finds herself wondering what path to take.

Is having a baby the right thing to do?

Can she keep her head above water while her life spirals out of control?

Kat has some big decisions to make and whatever happens her life is going to change forever…

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About the Author:

Victoria J.Brown has always had a passion for writing. When asked at the age of 9 years old, what
she wanted to be when she grew up, her reply ‘an author’ was met with a disheartened response, ‘that jobs like that, don’t happen to people like us!’
Luckily, Victoria didn’t listen to this advice and never gave up on her passion.  She continued to write while perusing a career in Marketing after gaining a BA (Hons) in Business and Marketing.
In 2006 her eldest daughter was born and then two years later her 2nd daughter came along. Victoria realised in the midst of the mummy madness, that she’d let her writing dwindle and that nappy-changing, sleepless nights and not being able to go to the toilet in peace could not stop her fulfilling her writing dreams. So when her girls were 3 years old and 18 months old, she decided that sleep was over-rated and enrolled at Teesside University. A year later she proudly left with a MA in Creative Writing, some wonderful friendships and a passion for therapeutic writing. While studying for her MA she was also delighted to win a short-story competition judged by Adele Parks, to which she received publication and mentoring from Adele.
After her MA, Victoria concentrated on writing women’s fiction. She loves writing stories that women can relate to. The Chaos Series grew from her own experience of pregnancy, motherhood and life.
Victoria is also passionate about mental health and likes to write of such issues in her stories. Her dedication to mental health and living life to the full has led her down a spiritual path. Through her learning of spirituality she qualified as a Law of Attraction and NLP Practitioner, which she integrates into her writing. Her inspirational blog includes an A-Z motivational journey with weekly therapeutic creative writing exercises. She has developed this further and will soon launch her inspirational shop. The shop has been created to pass on positivity and love to others … you never know when someone may need to see those messages.
Being accepted by Bombshell Books is a dream come true for Victoria, she hopes that her mantra for giving love always and never giving up will inspire others to follow their dreams and passion.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Victoria, her inspirational blog and shop you can visit www.victoria-brown.com, plus you can follow her on:

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