Thank you for joining me today I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Holding Myself by Victoria J. Brown. I will be sharing my review for this fab story but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
Kat has a busy life. She runs her own beauty salon and has an alcoholic father to worry about. To make matters worse she has just discovered she is pregnant.
Kat and Max have only been together for six months and she has a turbulent relationship with his mother and his ex-girlfriend who refuses to go away.
As the pressure builds Kat finds herself wondering what path to take.
Is having a baby the right thing to do?
Can you she keep her head above water while her life spirals out of control?
Kat has some big decisions to make and whatever happens her life is going to change forever…
Kat is a wonderful character and my heart went out to her at so many points during the story. She has had a tough time growing up but has made a success of a herself but not without being left with some insecurities. It was quite a journey and I loved getting to know her as she faced her fears reliving the past but also trying to face up to the future.
Holding Myself was so emotional at times and I have to say that there were a few tears especially as one situation hit quite close to home for me. However there is also a special kind of hopeful feeling running through the story too. The story moves smoothly and it didn't take me long to finish this book and to find out how it would end.
There are some lovely friendships in this story and I really enjoyed how much support they gave each other. Kat's family dynamic is not by any means perfect but life is complex and this story shows this perfectly. I was surprised by how involved I became in both the story and the characters lives and it was a deeper read than I was expecting to find. There are lots of themes that feature in Holding Myself including grief, trust issues, love and family. They are all packaged into a fantastic rollercoaster ride of emotions not only for Kat but the reader too.
A wonderful story of hope, love and new beginnings!
With thanks to Bombshell Books for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Victoria J.Brown has always had a passion for writing. When asked at the age of 9 years old, what she wanted to be when she grew up, her reply ‘an author’ was met with a disheartened response, ‘that jobs like that, don’t happen to people like us!’
Luckily, Victoria didn’t listen to this advice and never gave up on her passion. She continued to write while perusing a career in Marketing after gaining a BA (Hons) in Business and Marketing.
In 2006 her eldest daughter was born and thenher 2nd daughter came along. Victoria realised in the midst of the mummy madness, that she’d let her writing dwindle and that nappy-changing, sleepless nights and not being able to go to the toilet in peace could not stop her fulfilling her writing dreams. So when her girls were 3 years old and 18 months old, she decided that sleep was over-rated and enrolled at Teesside University. A year later she proudly left with a MA in Creative Writing, some wonderful friendships and a passion for therapeutic writing. While studying for her MA she was also delighted to win a short-story competition judged by Adele Parks, to which she received publication and mentoring from Adele.
After her MA, Victoria concentrated on writing women’s fiction. She loves writing stories that women can relate to. The Chaos Series grew from her own experience of pregnancy, motherhood and life.
Victoria is also passionate about mental health and likes to write of such issues in her stories. Her dedication to mental health and living life to the full has led her down a spiritual path. Through her learning of spirituality she qualified as a Law of Attraction and NLP Practitioner, which she integrates into her writing. Her inspirational blog includes an A-Z motivational journey with weekly therapeutic creative writing exercises. She has developed this further and will soon launch her inspirational shop. The shop has been created to pass on positivity and love to others … you never know when someone may need to see those messages.
Being accepted by Bombshell Books is a dream come true for Victoria, she hopes that her mantra for giving love always and never giving up will inspire others to follow their dreams and passion.
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