Tess Simpson needs a break!
No one appreciates her at home. No one appreciates her at work. And now her dog has died. She’s had enough!
Maybe what she really needs is a break from hopeless husband, Dave, the ungrateful ‘kidults’ and the lacklustre job.
River Romero needs a break!
She’s had success in the past, but screenwriting is a tough career in a tough town and her next script has got to fly or River’s dream career is over.
Everything about River’s L.A. life sounds exciting to Tess, from the condo with a pool, to the Hollywood glitz.
Everything about Tess’s English country life sounds so calming to River, from the wisteria over the front door to the peaceful bedroom.
Both women want their lives to change, but real life isn’t like the movies.
And what if getting away from it all isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?
A laugh out loud emotional read, perfect for fans of Fiona Gibson, Tracy Bloom and Sophie Ranald!
Keep the Tissues Handy!
Life – as we know it!
Tess Simpson feels as if the world is closing in on her; unappreciated at home and work and missing the closeness she had with her children now that they’ve moved out. She needs a break! Across ‘the pond’ screenwriter River Romero’s life has went downhill lately and she needs to rescue it. A house swap may just be the thing to get both these women’s lives back on track – or is it?
I think the author has probably hit the nail on the head about how a lot of women feel; generally referred to as their ‘mid-life crisis’ – which frankly irritates the heck out of most of us! So immediately I empathised with Tess and also, to a certain extent, with River. There are plenty of viable points made along the way and lots of laughs but my overriding memory will be of sobbing my heart out at the beginning of the book. Keep the tissues handy! I was never quite sure how this one was going to end but that just added to the enjoyment of reading. Good characters, an excellent storyline and accomplished writing all add up to an entertaining read. An author to watch out for. 4*.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley and to Rachel Gilbey for my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: women’s fiction
- Format: ebook
- Size: 276 pages
- Publisher: Boldwood Books
- Publication Date: 27 July 2021
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Carmen Reid is the bestselling author of numerous woman’s fiction titles including the Personal Shopper series starring Annie Valentine. After taking a break from writing she is back, introducing her hallmark feisty women characters to a new generation of readers. Her first title for Boldwood will be published in July 2021. She lives in Glasgow with her husband and children.
- Website: https://carmenreid.com/
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