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Blog Tour: The Book Share – Phaedra Patrick

It’s never too late to start a new chapter…

The utterly charming and feel-good new novel from the bestselling author of The Secrets of Sunshine and The Library of Lost and Found.

Liv Green loves losing herself in a good book. But her everyday reality is less romantic, cleaning houses for people who barely give her the time of day. So when she lands a job housekeeping for her personal hero and mega-bestselling author Essie Starling, she can’t believe her luck.

When Essie dies unexpectedly, Liv is left with a life-changing last wish: to complete Essie’s final novel. To do so, change-averse Liv will have to step away from the fictitious worlds in her head, and into Essie’s shoes. As she begins to write, she uncovers a surprising connection between the two women – and a secret that will change Liv’s life forever…

Brimming with joy and packed with a sparkling cast of characters, The Book Share is a moving reminder that it’s never too late to re-write your own story – perfect for fans of All the Lonely People and The Authenticity Project.

My thoughts: as someone who wants to write but keeps getting sidetracked by life, I completely related to Liv, her passion isn’t for cleaning, like mine isn’t office admin, but it pays the bills and that is more important than living your dreams sometimes. When one of her cleaning clients is an award winning author however, and needs her help, Liv is more than happy to step in and make sure Essie’s last book, her twentieth, makes it to print by the deadline.

Even though it completely messes up Liv’s life, keeping all the secrets and making sure no one learns the truth, it also liberates her in many ways. She realises that she can have a life that makes her happy, and finds a way to really talk to her husband Jake about the things that they’ve both been worrying about.

I loved Liv, her determination to finish the book, her love for her family, her ballsy, take no prisoners attitude and the way she forgives Essie her secrets. Tremendous fun to read, sweet and heartfelt.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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