Release date - 29th June 2017
Book length - 292 pages
Publisher - blackandwhitepublishing.com
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk
Amazon US - www.amazon.com
ABOUT THE BOOK
When was the last time you put yourself first?
Thirty-eight-year-old divorcee Courtney Downey has no idea who she is any more. She has devoted her life to bringing up her beloved 15-year-old daughter Susan, but Courtney just doesn’t get the celebrity-obsessed, Snapchat-filtered teenage world Susan is part of, and they’re growing apart. When Susan announces she wants to live with her dad and his new, younger girlfriend, Courtney is devastated. But could the end of one life be the beginning of another?
When Courtney is offered a job in beautiful, sun-kissed Cornwall, she and her vivacious best friend Claire follow their hearts and leave their problems behind for a summer of sand, sea and second chances. And when she meets sexy but infuriating builder Tony, Courtney rediscovers her passions for life, for cooking and for love.
But just as Courtney is finally looking to the future, a crisis with Susan pulls her back to Dublin, and back into old habits. Will she ever be able to let go of the past and embrace the importance of being herself?
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ME by Caroline Grace-Cassidy is everything I wanted in a story and more!
Fantastic, relatable, flawed characters that I connected with instantly, coupled with a compelling storyline and a descriptive narrative that painted a picture for me as I sat on my sofa on a dull, Irish evening, were just some of the wonderful aspects of this amazing novel that drew me in and held my attention from cover to cover.
Courtney Downey is at a crossroads where she is being forced to confront her life and what she really wants. It wasn't the fact that she has lost her husband to the lures of the young and glamorous Mar-nee that has made her question her future, but rather the reality that she seems to be losing her precious daughter to her too, that leaves Courtney frustrated and floundering. Having spent the better part of her life catering to everyone else's happiness, Courtney finds herself unneeded by her teenage daughter who is entering womanhood and trying to find her own place in this crazy world, and Courtney is lost. But when she gets an opportunity to work in Cornwall for the summer, it seems like fate and her beloved grandmother are giving her a push in the right direction, and when her best friend Claire needs to escape her own unexpected problems too, St. Ives seems to be the perfect solution. But as life suddenly seems more vibrant with plenty of exciting opportunities on the horizon, Courtney is suddenly pulled back to Dublin to deal with a crisis which will make Courtney question whether her brand new life is worth it...
Compelling and rich in detail, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ME by Caroline Grace-Cassidy is a captivating story of real friendship, family relationships, and the importance of holding on to what makes you who you really are in a world that has become so fast-paced and materialistic. Courtney and Claire are the ultimate in friendship goals and I laughed and cried alongside them throughout their ups and downs. Courtney adores her daughter but struggles with this new phase in their relationship and even though my own kids are younger, there is plenty of good advice packed among these pages which I will definitely remember! Families come in all shapes and sizes and as the story develops, the author perfectly demonstrates this in this exquisite story.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ME by Caroline Grace-Cassidy is a story that will make you slow down from your hectic life and truly think and appreciate the simpler things, and I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
A must-read for 2017!!!!
Caroline Grace-Cassidy is an Irish writer and actress. She trained as an actress at the Gaiety School of Acting before landing her first role as Mary Mull on BAFTA award-winning children's programme Custer's Last Stand-Up. Since then she has appeared in various productions for BBC, RTE, TG4 and TV3, alongside a variety of feature films. Turning to full-time writing in 2011, Caroline has published four novels. Caroline is also a founding member of an all female Film & TV Production Company, for which she has written, produced and directed five short films. Her first feature film script is completed and in development. Caroline is a contributor for Woman's Way, U Magazine, Irish Country Magazine and has been a regular panellist for the Midday Show on TV3 since 2012. For more information:
Website - www.carolinegracecassidy.com
Twitter - twitter.com/cgracecassidy
Facebook - www.facebook.com/Author-Caroline-Grace-Cassidy-129653703717062/
*I want to thank Lina from Black & White Publishing and the author, Caroline Grace-Cassidy, for the opportunity to review this book and take part in this blog tour. Don't forget to check out all of the other stops along the way!!
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger from Ireland. Oh and also a wife and mother!
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