A huge delight for me to reshare my love for this book today as part of the Blog Tour for IT’S MY BIRTHDAY by HANNAH PEARL. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me be part of it all!
IT’S MY BIRTHDAY by HANNAH PEARL
… i’ll cry if I want to.
Oh boy, another birthday …
Karen could be excused for crying on her birthday, especially as it’s the first one since her husband got on a plane to the States and never came back. Then there’s the fact that her workmates were practically bribed to attend her birthday meal. But when a restaurant double booking leads to her sharing a table with single dad Elliot and his daughter, things start looking up.
As Karen gets to know Elliot she experiences feelings she thought she’d never have again. But is it enough? Or will the thing that destroyed Karen’s previous relationship also ruin things with Elliot?
Published by Ruby Fiction
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hannah Pearl was born in East London. She is married with two children and now lives in Cambridge.
She has previously worked as a Criminology researcher, as a Development Worker with various charities and even pulled a few pints in her time.
In 2015 she was struck down by Labrynthitis, which left her feeling dizzy and virtually housebound. She has since been diagnosed with ME. Reading has allowed Hannah to escape from the reality of feeling ill. She read upwards of three hundred books during the first year of her illness. When her burgeoning eReader addiction grew to be too expensive, she decided to have a go at writing. In 2017 she won Simon and Schuster’s Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with Heat magazine, for her short story The Last Good Day.
Hannah is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.
Blog – dizzygirlwrites.wordpress.com
Twitter – https://twitter.com/HannahPearl_1
This story proves how a chance meeting in a pub can change your mood from despair to delight, and I loved following the life of Karen as she tried to move on with her life and look forward to a new chapter after feeling so despondent with the way her life was turning out.
When Karen and Eliot meet they click straight away, and even his 18 year old daughter Sophie seems to approve of her dad finally having some fun in his life. Eliot has brought her up by himself after her mum dealt with depression, and they’ve always looked out for one another. Sophie also connects with Karen and all seems to be moving along at a really fast pace!
But there’s always a cloud on the horizon, and Karen is about to face that as she is desperate for motherhood and it begins to take over her every thought and puts a pressure on her relationship with Eliot as they discuss various options including adoption. You really want them both to be happy but there always seems to be an obstacle in the way and their relationship suffers.
Despite the tougher times, I found this to have such a relaxed feel about it that it made it such fun to read. The characters are realistic and relatable and the situations they found themselves in make it easy for you to connect with. The bond that Karen builds with Sophie in a short time was really touching and made them all feel like such a lovely little family that you are just pulling for them throughout to stick with one another and get that happy ending that they all deserve!