Second blog tour post of the day is for ‘It Started With a Note’ by Victoria Cooke. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog blitz invite, and thank you to HQDigitalUK for the ARC. Here is my review:
Superhero single mum Cath always puts other people first. But now that she’s seen her son safely off to university (phew!), life seems a little, well…empty.
So when Cath unexpectedly discovers some letters written by her great-grandfather during the First World War, she decides to take herself on an adventure to France to retrace his footsteps.
Cath expects to spend her holiday visiting famous battlefields and testing out her French phrase book. What she doesn’t anticipate is that her tour guide, the handsome Olivier, will be quite so charming! Soon Cath isn’t simply unearthing the stories of the past – she’s writing a brand new one of her own, which might end up taking her in a very unexpected direction…
What does TWG think?
History is one of my all time favourite things so, if you were to pair it with a story, I turn into one exceptionally happy little bunny. ‘It Started With a Note’ is tinged with history from a very personal point of view. Personal to the main character, Cath, that is!
I’m probably not going to be too popular with my opinion here, but I wasn’t overly keen on Cath’s character as I found her to be a little bit weak at times. Don’t get me wrong, I admired her tolerance to her situation, but I couldn’t quite grasp why she point-blank refused to air her grievances out loud towards her brother, instead of allowing him to walk all over her. Yes, I know, it’s probably a family thing and we all want to help our families. That said, he didn’t seem to be exactly forthcoming with his help, now did he?
‘It Started With a Note’ does exactly what it says on the tin – the storyline started with a note and took Cath on a journey which ended up changing her life for the better, as well has helping her to move on from an emotional past.
I loved the fact that as readers, we got to see Cath flourish before our very eyes and yes, I suppose my opinion of her ended up being a little more positive at the end than what it was to begin with. I felt that the journey she went on to uncover pieces of her past was one that obviously needed to happen to unlock something deep within herself.
Victoria Cooke’s novel is ideal for romantics everyone, and is definitely a story which will warm your heart and show you that, in time, your own journey can be paved with stones you’re confident enough to walk upon.
About the author.
Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of her career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in her hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first romantic comedy novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love’ in 2016.
Cooke’s third novel, Who Needs Men Anyway? became a digital bestseller in 2018.