Thursday, 14 June 2018

A Posy of Promises by Sharon Dempsey @svjdempz #BlogBlitz @bombshellpub #Review

I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog blitz for A Posy of Promises by Sharon Dempsey and today I will be sharing my review. First of all though let's take a look at the description 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.

Sharon Dempsey has a lovely descriptive writing style that easily sets the scene making sure the reader feels a part of the story. In this story Ava has to contend with quite a few things especially as her once cosy life changes dramatically. From a relationship breaking down, secrets from the past resurfacing and the health of her gran in decline just being a few situations.

With lots of family drama, friendships and a dash of romance A Posy of Promises certainly entertains. It is a relatively short story but I loved how Ava basically came to life as the story progressed. Ava is instantly likeable and even though she isn't necessarily the most adventurous I easily became attached to her character. I also enjoyed her friendship with Niamh it was a great contrast to have as they were pretty much opposites in personality!

There is a warmth to the story that shines through as I got to know Ava and discover her past. It felt like I just got a taster of her life and I would be interested to see what happens next! 

Perfect for grabbing a cup of tea and maybe even some chocolate A Posy of Promises will keep you entertained with warmth, love and friendships!

Four stars from me!

 With thanks to Sarah at Bloodhound Books for my copy.

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

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.
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