Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for KEEP YOU BY MY SIDE by Callie Langridge.
I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy, Emma Welton, Bombshell Books and of course the wonderful Callie Langridge who gifted me an early copy of KEEP YOU BY MY SIDE. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.
To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;
Are family secrets the ties that bind or the lies that divide?
The secrets of one family live in the walls of a cottage perched high on a Dorset cliff. But secrets can only be kept for so long.
Follow three generations of a family from war-torn London, to the permissive 60s and liberated 80s. Gertie, Rose and Abi live through joy, tragedy and heartache as they navigate complicated mother-daughter relationships and learn the importance of friends and finding love. When circumstances force them under the same roof, secrets begin to unravel and promises made in love threaten to tear them apart.
How far would you go to protect the people you love?
So, you want to know what I think?
Based on three generations of the same family KEEP YOU BY MY SIDE moves between three different time periods. Each period is clearly labelled and I found it easy enough to keep track of what was happening in each.
Each of the main characters are easy to relate to and likeable. The story is very well written and it is easy to get involved in the lives of these people you are reading about. Although each part seems to be a separate story they are all inter related and how they all cross over becomes clear by the end.
This book was very unpredictable with nothing becoming clear until the last few chapters. Callie wrote the book very well as you could not guess where each little road was leading. I tried to guess what was going to happen but was pleasantly surprised at being wrong. This definitely added something to the story for me and I found myself needing to turn the pages faster to find out where it was going to take me.
Ultimately the story is about people keeping secrets for all the right reasons but them then to affect and hurt further down the line. It also says a lot about how secrets can be misinterpreted and how this can have a huge effect on people and how sometimes honesty really is the best policy.
A very well written, enjoyable book for me and I would highly recommend for romance fans looking to try something a little bit different.
About Callie Langridge;
Callie was born and brought up in Berkshire. After a brief teenage spell in the depths of Lancashire, she moved back to London.
Having left school at 16, she studied drama before embarking on a career in marketing. This saw her work in music marketing in the heady days of Britpop in the nineties. She unleashed her creativity in the design of window displays and marketing campaigns for the leading music retailer. More recently she has followed her passion for history, working in marketing and communications for historical and cultural organisations.
On hitting her thirtieth birthday, she decided finally to pick up her pen and take the first of many creative writing courses. A few years later and she has had a number of short stories published and plays performed at theatres and venues across London. Her first novel A Time to Change was published in September 2017.
Her second novel Keep You By My Side will be published in October 2018.
Callie lives in London with her long-term partner, an ever-growing collection of antique curiosities, and more books than any person really needs.
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