Release date - 7th August 2016
Book length - 237 pages
Available on - www.amazon.com | www.amazon.co.uk
Embrace a healthy attitude towards sudden outbursts of laughter; oh and maybe grab some tissues as you escape into the lives of three remarkable friends, as they each navigate their own catastrophic mess. Discover the strength of friendship while you submerge yourself in suspense, fury and humour. Let the drama unfold…
Emma’s doing her best to raise the adorable Amy while hanging on to the ghost of her past. But is she really the crazy, deranged woman she eventually feels compelled to be?
Beneath Siobhan’s picture perfect exterior, the struggle of deception is exhausting. However when life slaps her in the face with an unforeseen twist, will she be able to salvage any of her future, perfect or not?
With mounting money problems and an unwanted visit from his expertly suppressed past, Jack must confront his inner demons for once and for all. Can he defeat them and emerge as the true person he really is?
TO HAVE, NOT HOLD by Carina McEvoy is a beautifully written, emotional tale of love, friendship, grief and trying to find your way in life. Each character has their own unique issues to deal with but even through anger and hardships, they find a way to be there for each other when they are really needed. Emma cannot really accept that her wonderful husband is gone, and as she throws herself into raising their daughter, Amy, Emma begins to see signs that he is still living with them in spirit - their song on the radio, lights flickering when she asks him a question etc. But can our loved ones truly send us signs from beyond the grave, and can we ever really say goodbye to those we love? Siobhan and Alex are the perfect couple - successful, career-driven, wealthy and in love. But trying for a child is taking its toll on them both, and when secrets and lies come to the forefront, their lives will be altered forever. And finally, we meet Jack, a loving friend to both of the girls, who struggles with who he really is, and his past relationship with his family. But as the past resurfaces, Jack is forced to really take a look at his life and make some brave decisions.
The dynamics between these three characters and their extended families are interesting and make for a compelling read. With plenty of drama and misunderstandings, the pace of the story flowed perfectly, and I found myself reading it in one sitting! I cried tears of sadness alongside Emma and found myself laughing when Amy would say something hilarious, and felt a connection with all of the characters, which to me is the sign of a great book. TO HAVE, NOT HOLD by Carina McEvoy is just one of those reads that really gets to your heart and I highly recommend it to fiction fans everywhere. I cannot wait to read more from this trio of friends. A great debut from a great Irish author.
BOOK RATING - 📖📖📖📖📖 5+
Carina McEvoy lives in the South East of Ireland with her husband, two daughters and crazy puppy samoyed. Thinking life as a stay at home mother would be pure luxury, she took a career break from secondary school teaching. However her bubble soon burst when she became a full time taxi, chef, environmental hygienist, medical practitioner, counsellor, peace negotiator, dietician and general slave to her extremely busy seven and four year old! But she wouldn’t have it any other way.
She is also extremely passionate about promoting positive mental health and dreams of a society where the stigma of mental health is extinct. She writes for an honest, open yet sometimes quite humourous blog TheAnxiousBanana.com
She has spoken out against the stigma of mental health on Charity Radio and South East Radio.
In between her jobs listed above, she can be found either writing or stuck in a good book! She is currently working on her second novel. For more information:
Website - carinamcevoy.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/carinamcevoyauthor/?fref=ts
Twitter - twitter.com/mcevoy_carina
Goodreads - www.goodreads.com/author/show/15600615.Carina_McEvoy
Writing.ie - www.writing.ie/member-emerging-writers/carina-mcevoy/
*Book received from author in exchange for an honest review
TO HAVE, NOT HOLD author Carina McEvoy has kindly provided a copy of her book as a prize for one lucky reader. So to win this unmissable story all you have to do is comment on this blog post or comment on my Twitter/Facebook post. Winner will be randomly chosen on Wednesday 21st September 2016. Open internationally. Good luck!!!!
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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