Sunday, 8 September 2019

Live A Little by Madeline Reiss


Today it is my turn on the blog tour for this funny and heartwarming read from Madeleine Reiss.
Thank you to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers and Zaffre Books for my copy of the book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 



Book Description
Two Sisters. One road trip. What could possibly go wrong?

Lottie has always followed the rules, her life is comfortable and she is - finally, finally - marrying her long-term, sensible, boyfriend Dean. 

Tina is carefree, wild and, maybe, just a little bit careless. She doesn't understand Lottie's obsession with settling down with 'dull Dean'. There's so much to explore in the world. 

The two sisters have drifted apart since the death of their older sister. Without her, Lottie and Tina realise how little they know each other. Desperate to remedy this, Tina convinces Lottie to set out on a road trip across the US, just the two of them. 

But Tina has one more surprise in mind to shake up Lottie's life - she must say yes to everything Tina suggests, no matter what . . .




My Review
This is a brilliant read that I found highly enjoyable from the first page to the last. 
Lottie is on the verge of getting married after being in a relationship with the very sensible Dean for over ten years. Lottie has always followed the rules and has always been known as the serious sister. 
Tina is the opposite of Lottie. She is wild and carefree. She has never settled down and very much enjoys the single life. 
After the death of their sister, Mia the girls are both dealing with their grief.  Tina decides the pair of them need to try and build their relationship back up again as they have begun to drift apart. 
Tina books them both a trip across America, she persuades Lottie to come and have one last trip away before the wedding and maybe start to live a little. 
I loved reading the adventures of Lottie and Tina as the head across America. It was such a refreshing read and one that shows you a lot about the relationships between siblings. 
You really get to know both of the women and learn about the childhood they had with their sister Mia. Both Lottie and Tina have secrets from their past that they begin to share with each other as their trip progresses and you learn more about the sad way in which Mia died. 
I loved reading about their adventures and at times I was really laughing at the outcome of the challenges that Tina has set Lottie.
The setting for this book sounds amazing and I enjoyed reading about all of the different places the sisters stayed.
This was the first book I have read by Madeleine Reiss but it will not be the last. 




Published by Zaffre Books on the 5th September 2019



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About the Author
Madeleine Reiss was born in Athens. She worked for some years in an agency for street performers and comedians and then as a journalist and publicist. She currently works part-time at a brain injury charity and writes novels for the rest of the week. She has two sons and one grandson and lives in Cambridge with her husband and an extremely paranoid cat called Ruby.

She wrote her first novel at the age of fifty after her mother badgered her to enter a book writing competition that was being advertised on The Alan Titchmarsh Show. In order to stop her mother phoning her up and asking if she had done anything about it yet, she sent off three chapters of a book she had started and abandoned a few years before. To her amazement she won the competition and a publishing contract with Harper Collins. Joy was quickly followed by anxiety since she knew she then had to actually write the book.

This book was 'Someone To Watch Over Me'. Since then she has written two more - 'This Last Kiss' and 'Before We Say Goodbye.'




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