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I am delighted to be taking part on the blog tour for Laurie Ellingham’s ‘How to Throw Your Life Away’.


Genre: Contemporary fiction, romance

Stars: 4

Links: Amazon UK and Amazon US


The Blurb:

Have you ever wondered how much it would take to make you snap?
For thirty-two year old Katy Davenport it was the littlest thing…
All her boyfriend of five years had to do was answer her question about dinner.
Not ignore her.
Not continue to watch the football like she didn’t exist.

In that moment Katy snaps. One moment of insanity and Katy throws her life away.

The policeman who arrests her laughs. Her best friend cheers. And her anger management counsellor insists on embarrassing her in front of the entire class.
For Katy this is just the beginning as she struggles to find her place in a whole new world where her ex-boyfriend refuses to move out of her house, and Katy finds herself snapping again and again.

Will Katy be able to control her anger for long enough to pick up the pieces of her life?


My Review:

Romance, secrets, anger management, and the realisation that perfection is a myth, complete with some twists, this is a heart-warming read indeed.

Katy Davenport snaps and, in that moment, her life changes from one where she is in control to one where she’s no longer fulfilled in her job, has to take anger-management classes as a legal requirement (and be constantly embarrassed there), and seems to still be living with her ex. Throw in her wonderful best friend, a gorgeous neighbour, and some unexpected elements, and you’re on your way.

The characters had depth, with Katy a wonderfully feisty yet insecure woman that, despite her shortcomings, kept on the right side of strength character-wise, and Tom a relatable and reassuringly lovely man, despite his personal problems.

The interaction between all the characters in the novel were written with verve and wit. If this is what throwing your life away looks like, I wouldn’t complain! A great read for anyone looking for light-hearted yet fresh romance with some surprises thrown in.

*I received a free copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.


About Laurie Ellingham:

Laurie lives in Dedham Vales, on the Suffolk/Essex border, with her husband, two children, and their cockerpoo – Rodney. She has been writing novels and working as a freelance healthcare writer for nine years, and loves nothing more than disappearing into the fictional world of her characters, preferably with a large coffee and a Twix (or two) to hand. Before becoming a writer, Laurie worked in public relations and has a first class degree in psychology.

You can follow Laurie Ellingham on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.


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