#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | MY VIRTUAL LIFE by Sharon Dempsey @svjdempz (11th December 2018, Bombshell Books @bombshellpub)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for MY VIRTUAL LIFE by Sharon Dempsey.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Emma Welton, Bombshell Books and of course the wonderful Sharon Dempsey who gifted me an early copy of MY VIRTUAL LIFE. 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;

Glamorous lone parent, Stella wants nothing more than to impress her teenage daughter. She has spent her life shielding Tara from her religious upbringing and has never told Tara about her father. But when they move back to Belfast, hiding the past becomes tricky.

When Stella lands her dream job as fashion editor at a teen magazine, Tara thinks she will die of shame. Soon after, Tara starts a blog to pour out her teenage angst and begins working at a home for rescued animals run by the enigmatic Nora. 

When Tara’s blog takes off, a rival magazine offers to publish it as a column, putting her in a difficult situation.

Will Tara risk hurting her mother in order to achieve her dream of being a writer?

Can three generations of one family, who struggle to understand each other, ever develop real bonds?

So, you want to know what I think?

This book really appealed to me when I read the synopsis as with the techno mad world we live in these days I thought it would be interesting. I wasn’t disappointed.

I really enjoy how this book was mainly written as a lonely girl blog narrated by Tara who with the help of her fashion editor mother seems to be any ordinary teenage girl dealing with all the angst that goes with it. I thought it was good reading the book as blog entries as you could read the events that happened throughout the book but they weren’t dragged out and you were given just enough information to get a good overview of the story without being bored.

I enjoyed seeing how different scenarios appeared to both Tara and Stella and how they each read situations differently. Although Stella was more of a secondary character and the book was mostly about Tara it was good to get those snippets of Stella’s thought processes too and it gave us a bigger glimpse into Tara and why she thinks the way she does.

There weren’t a lot of big surprises but it wasn’t completely predictable, I didn’t try to guess what was going to happen or how it would end and it made a nice change to romantic novels and I was interested to see how Tara and Stella’s relationship developed. I think they were both very likeable characters which really adds to the enjoyment of the book and I also think a lot of mums with teenagers will appreciate the struggles Tara goes through.

It was a very quick read for me and I found myself just enjoying it for what it was.

About Sharon Dempsey;

My Virtual Life is Sharon Dempsey’s second contemporary women’s fiction novel. Sharon is a Belfast-based writer of three fiction titles with four non-fiction health books published. Her crime debut Little Bird was released in July 2017 with Bloodhound Books. A Posy of Promises is the first in a trilogy and published by Bombshell Books.

She facilitates therapeutic creative writing classes for people affected by cancer and other health challenges, and runs a creative writing group for young people, called Young Scribblers, at the Crescent Arts Centre. She is a creative writing tutor at Queen’s University and Stranmillis College. Sharon studied Politics and English at Queen’s University and undertook a newspaper journalism post grad at City University, London.  She has written for a variety of publications and newspapers, including the Irish Times. She regularly reviews books for BBC Radio Ulster. Sharon is working on the follow up to Little Bird and a collection of dark short stories.

Sharon’s Social Media Links:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/svjdempz @svjdempz

MY VIRTUAL LIFE is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | A POSY OF PROMISES by Sharon Dempsey @svjdempz (13th June 2018, Bombshell Books @bombshellpub)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for A POSY OF PROMISES by Sharon Dempsey.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy, Bombshell Books and Sharon Dempsey who gifted me an early copy of  A POSY OF PROMISES. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

What happens when the relationship you have taken for granted suddenly ends?
Ava Connors is comfortable with her life just as it is, still living in the tiny terrace house where she was brought up by her grandmother, Maggie, seeing her long-term boyfriend, Finlay, and working in a florists.

But Maggie’s health is declining and Finlay is fed up waiting for Ava to make a commitment.

Ava has never really known her mother, Scarlett, and when she inherits an old and dilapidated house it ignites an interest in the mother who had abandoned her as a child.

Why did Scarlett leave her to be brought up by her grandmother?
Soon Ava begins to ask this question and in turn sets off a series of events that will change her life forever.

A Posy of Promises looks at the relationships we have and the questions we ask of those we love.

So, you want to know what I think?

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book by the blurb. It sounded as though it might be a tale of long lost family members which I guess it is in a way but the not the way I expected.

Ava Connors is finding her life changing from all directions. Her boyfriend of many years has ended their relationship and her grandmother has moved into a nursing home after health struggles. When she discovers she has inherited a house it sets her on a path of self discovery that even she didn’t expect.

Ava is written in a very real way. She is more than happy with spending nights at home with her cat rather than out drinking. She feels a loyalty to her grandmother which finds her wanting to stay close by. The other characters we are introduced to are also very likeable and have little side stories of their own. This is the first book I have read in a while which hasn’t had me feeling dislike for somebody. All the people in this book are nice in their individuals way.

I liked the unpredictability of this book. I started the first few pages thinking I already had the ending sussed but it continually surprised me with the roads it took me on. This made it a different read for me and added to the enjoyment.

I couldn’t write a review without talking about THAT ending. I’m really pleased that this book is the first in a series otherwise you finish this book very frustrated…talk about a cliffhanger!

I would recommend this book to all fans of chick lit that fancy something different and unpredictable.

 

About Sharon Dempsey;

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A Posy of Promises is Sharon Dempsey’s first contemporary women’s fiction novel.

Sharon is a Belfast based writer of fiction and non-fiction books, with four health books published. He crime debut Little Bird was released July 2017 with Bloodhound Books.

She facilitates therapeutic creative writing classes for people affected by cancer and other health challenges, and runs a creative writing group for young people, called Young Scribblers, at the Crescent Arts Centre. She is a creative writing tutor at Queen’s University and Stranmillis College. Sharon studied Politics and English at Queen’s University, and undertook a newspaper journalism post grad at City University, London.  She has written for a variety of publications and newspapers, including the Irish Times.

Sharon is working on the follow up to Little Bird and a collection of dark short stories.

A Posy of Promises is the first in a trilogy.

A POSY OF PROMISES is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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Be sure to check out the other blogs who participated in this Blog Tour. See below for further details and be sure to follow all of the action across Twitter!

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