#Blogtour #Review: My Pear-Shaped Life by Carmel Harrington @HappyMrsH @HarperCollinsUK @fictionpubteam @annecater #MyPearShapedLife #IrishFiction #RandomThingsTours
Book length - 384 pages
Publisher - Harper Collins
Ireland - www.bookstation.ie
UK - www.amazon.co.uk
US - www.amazon.com
I want to thank Anne from randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.com for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with an e-copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
She’s hiding so much behind her big smile she’s forgotten who she is.
But Greta is about to discover that the key to being happy is…being yourself.
Greta Gale has played the part of the funny fat one her entire life, hiding her insecurities behind a big smile. But size doesn’t matter when you can laugh at yourself, right?
Until Greta realises she’s the only one not laughing. And deep down, she’s not sure if she’ll ever laugh again.
But Greta is about to discover that sometimes the best moments in life come when it’s all gone a bit pear-shaped…
Beautiful. Emotional. Relatable. These are just some of the words I would use to describe MY PEAR-SHAPED LIFE by Carmel Harrington but they are not enough to describe the lyrical way that this author weaves a story that will touch you to your core and make you feel like you never have before.
Greta Gale has always been the fat, funny one - the funny member of her family calling herself Big G and the funny friend laughing at herself first before anyone else can. But beneath the laughing facade that she has helped to create, Greta is hurting and masking her pain with sleeping pills to help her zone out. When her family finds out, Greta is suddenly forced to confront everything in her life from her body image and self-confidence to the relationship with her parents and siblings, and along the way, Greta will really have to take a look at who she is at the core of herself and what she feels she deserves from life and all it could hold for her. Add in a trip of a lifetime, a beloved Uncle who is looking for love, a new friend, and an old friend who has something to tell her, and Greta may just be in for a life-changing adventure!
This story is being released at the perfect time - strange you may think considering we are in the middle of a pandemic but this is how I see it. Never before have we realised how fragile and precious life truly is then now, and how futile ridiculous body expectations are and how worrying about other people's opinions simply shouldn't matter. We have woken up and realised that all that matters is family, friendships, and living long enough to see those you love cherish and blossom. And this captivating story captures the essence of this on every page.
Greta is like the rest of us, flawed and consumed by what should be instead of what could be if she just let herself face everything head-on. She is also strong, loveable, and willing to put in the work to be herself and be as happy as she can be, with some help along the way from those who care about her. Oh, and the laughs along the way are a joy to behold! Hilarious!
MY PEAR-SHAPED LIFE by Carmel Harrington is for anyone who has ever looked in the mirror and wished they saw something else, for anyone who wishes they had someone else's life, and for anyone who wants to read an excellent story with characters that will warm your heart long after you turn the final page. Greta is my favourite character from Carmel so far and I cannot wait for the next book from one of my all-time favourite authors.
International bestseller CARMEL HARRINGTON writes uplifting and inspiring books that have captured the hearts of readers worldwide. They have been translated into eight languages and published in eleven countries to date. Her latest novel, My Pear-Shaped Life goes on sale in April 2020. Previous novels include A Thousand Roads Home, The Woman at 72 Derry Lane and Cold Feet, The Lost Years, the official ITV original novel to accompany the hit TV series. Carmel was shortlisted for an Irish Book Award in 2016 and 2017 and won the Kindle Book of the Year and Romantic eBook of the Year in 2014 for her debut novel, Beyond Grace’s Rainbow. Carmel is also a regular on Irish TV as a panellist on Virgin Media’s Elaine show. She lives with her family and rescue dog in a small village in Wexford.
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Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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