#BlogTour! #Review of Just the Two of Us by Georgie Capron (@GeorgieCapron) @Aria_Fiction

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Funny, warm, and a story for our time, Just the Two of Us will make you laugh and cry, and remind you never to give up on love.

Lucy is the wrong side of thirty and tormented daily by the idyllic family pictures cluttering up her Facebook newsfeed. All of her friends seem to be getting married and having babies, and yet here she is, resolutely single, and no prospect of creating the perfect family she’s always dreamt of.

How she longs for it to be her turn.

But finding love is complicated, and as time passes she wonders if there might just be another way to make her dreams come true. Is she brave enough to go it alone, or is the fantasy of ‘baby makes three’ just too precious to give up on?

What does TWG think?

Absolutely delighted to be today’s stop on Georgie Capron’s blog tour for, Just the Two of Us, which was published 1st February by Aria Fiction. I really hope I can the storyline justice with my review. Enjoy!

You should know by now that I am pretty much a cover jam tart, as I use them instead of the blurb to decide whether I will read the book or not. ‘Just the Two of Us’ was no exception. However, I have since read the blurb and kudos’ to the blurb writer for not giving too much away! So refreshing to have a blurb that doesn’t hint at things before you’ve even had a chance to read the novel. Any who, I’m dithering, apologies. Now, seeing as I have just told you I pretty much judge a book by its cover (sorry!), it will probably be a surprise when I tell you NOT to judge THIS book by it’s cover. Why? The cover is beautiful, as is the storyline, but to look at the cover AFTER you’ve read the novel, you wouldn’t think that the two are related as it were. Does that make sense? No? Okay, let me explain…

The book cover is eye-catching yet beautifully simplistic; on the other hand, the storyline is anything BUT simplistic, yet it is beautiful. Expect the unexpected.

All Lucy wants, is to feel loved and have the opportunity to love a child of her own. It really isn’t that much to ask, is it? She thought she had found her mr right, her soul mate, but life seemed to have different ideas for Lucy’s love life. One thing that hadn’t changed was Lucy’s urge to have a baby, she couldn’t imagine life without being a mother and she was determined to make that happen.

In regards to Lucy’s baby dilemma, I was able to relate to Lucy in a lot of ways. I’ve read some of the reviews for this novel and how a couple of them have stated that they cannot fathom wanting a baby to the point of being ‘obsessed’. I am actually going to defend Lucy here (yes, I know she isn’t real, but hey), and say that if you haven’t been in the position of wondering if you’ll ever have children due to health reasons, life style reasons etc, let me tell you, it’s a horrible feeling. You want something SO bad, so bad it hurts and you get emotional at the possibility of it never happening. Those feelings aren’t something which you can rectify by popping out to your local Tesco; it isn’t a sugar craving. Due to all of that, I felt unbelievably of the fact that Georgie Capron championed single mothers at one point, sticking up for them instead of joining the masses of people who say ‘children need two parents’. As a single mum myself, that made me well up and I truly thank you for showing us single mummy’s in a positive light.

I was absolutely glued to Lucy’s life and the hurdles she overcame with her choices and her family. It was refreshing to read a book that did its own thing and owned a controversial storyline as the norm. Like most books I read, I have favourite characters as well as not so favourite ones, so I was surprised to only dislike one person in this novel! On a positive character note, three characters stood out for me in multiple ways and they were fabulous to read about. I won’t say who as I don’t want to give anything away or sway your views!

The last part of Georgie Capron’s novel gave me goosebumps and all of my reactions were on high alert. I had no idea what was going to happen and as stupid as this sounds, I was actually concerned as I had invested a lot of my emotions into the storyline without even realising it.

‘Just the Two of Us’ is a beautifully written, thought-provoking read, that highlights the underlying strength of a mother’s unconditional love. Full of laughter, tears and uncertainty, Just the Two of Us will leave your heart glowing and your soul hugged. Georgie Capron has truly blown me away with her debut novel and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.

Thank you Aria/Netgalley.

Buy: Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | Google Play

About the author.

Georgie lives in South West London with her husband. She works as a primary
school teacher, and writes during the holidays. She studied Italian and History of
Art at the University of Edinburgh, and loves travelling, yoga and all sorts of arts
and crafts. Just the Two of Us is her first novel.

Author Links:

Facebook: @georgiecapron
Twitter: @GeorgieCapron

Make sure you don’t miss any of the other stops on the blog tour!

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#Publicationday! #Review of The Lost Daughter of India by @Sharon_Maas @bookouture

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Blurb.

When Caroline meets Kamal the attraction is instant. He’s enchanting, charismatic and she can’t wait to set up a new life with him in India. Both their families are against the union but Caroline is convinced they’ll come round, especially when she gives birth to a beautiful daughter, Asha.

Asha is an adorable child but Caroline, homesick and beginning to hate the remote Indian village they live in, struggles with motherhood. Kamal is hardly ever there and she feels more and more isolated. In the grips of severe depression Caroline flees back to America, leaving Asha behind.

Ten years later …

Caroline recovered from her illness, is consumed by thoughts of the daughter she abandoned. Desperate to find Asha, she reunites with Kamal, intent on tracking her down. Will they ever be able to find their lost daughter? If they have any chance, they must confront the painful truths of the past and a terrible secret that has been kept for many years, until now.

What does TWG think?

Personally, this has been quite a difficult book to review and I have spent a lot of time staring at my computer expecting the words to just write themselves.
It was pretty clear from the first chapter that this novel would be moulded around some rather dark and turbulent issues. I’m not going to lie, it took me quite a while to get to grips with the storyline and readjust my mindset to the background information. I did feel as though I was out of my depth reading it as I couldn’t readjust my mindset quick enough to keep up with the storyline. There is a lot of information in each chapter and whilst I found that quite hard, this type of novel needs those stepping stones to keep the depth of the book.

Of course, given the nature of the novel a lot of the situations are pretty difficult and raw to read, yet Sharon Maas has executed the storyline brilliantly. Sharon’s emotive writing shines through the entire novel, keeping the power behind those words fresh in your mind. There was something so raw and poignant about the way Sharon described the maternal instinct and it gave me goosebumps. I wish I could describe the feeling better, but I’m sure you understand what I’m waffling on about!

Even though the overall concept of the book had me extremely shell-shocked and distraught (quite rightly so!), Sharon’s writing stood out for me. I did struggle with the book, I’ll be honest; but that is nothing against the book in general (more so the way that my brain reacted to the harrowing circumstances). I am glad that I didn’t give up on the The Lost Daughter of India, because it opened my eyes to an alternative culture. Plus, I got to witness Sharon Mass’ beautiful writing. Win win really!

Happy publication day Sharon!
Thank you Kim & Netgalley.

The Lost Daughter of India is out to buy now from Amazon.