Hugely excited to be part of the BOOK BIRTHDAY BLITZ for the fabulous THE SECRET TO FALLING IN LOVE by VICTORIA COOKE today! My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me be part of the birthday fun!! So as well as my review of the book, there’s also a giveaway for you to take part in!!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Lifestyle journalist and thirty-something singleton Melissa hashtags, insta’s and snapchats her supposedly fabulous life on every social media platform there is.
That is until she wakes up on her birthday, another year older and still alone, wondering if for all her internet dates, love really can be found online? The challenge: go technology free for a whole month!
Forced to confront the reality of her life without its perfect filters, Melissa knows she needs to make some changes. But when she bumps into not one, but two gorgeous men, without the use of an app, she believes there could be hope for love offline.
If only there was a way to choose the right guy for her…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016.
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Could you go social media free for a month?! Not sure I could but this book gives you a glimpse of what life was like before Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as Melissa is challenged by her editor to go ‘gadget free’ for a month and see how she gets on in the world and write up her experiences! And it’s a real eye opener! Just how do you contact people with no phone or email?! And can you look for love in the real world when all the dating seems to be done online now with various apps?!
Melissa is one of those characters that we can all relate to – comparing her life to those she sees online and just wanting to find someone special to spend time with….she’s even got her parents offering to set her up on dates with the son of a neighbour! So when she is set this challenge she sees it as a good excuse to focus on what is important to her and start seizing opportunities and mixing with ‘real’ people out in the ‘real’ world! And she soon finds that living a little can be a lot more fun than living digitally!
There’s lots of laughs in this book and just shows the perils of dating in your ’30’s – the good and the bad experiences, and how society expects you to follow what everyone else is doing! And that is reinforced by the world of social media with everyone showing off about their lives, but unable to really connect with people and seeing Melissa struggle to function in the world we live in now was a real eye opener. Just how did we pass the time before the internet was there to swallow up huge chunks of time with all the apps, games and YouTube videos! It definitely made me look at how I use social media and will do my best to limit my time!
Her time offline really helps her to meet a variety of new blokes and this leads to some fun times and just made her seem a much happier version of herself when she wasn’t comparing herself to what everyone else was doing.
A really fun and entertaining read!
Giveaway – Win an ARC of The Secret to Falling in Love and a box of Belgian Truffles (UK Only)
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