I'm so happy to be taking part in the blog tour for A Season of Hopes and Dreams by Lynsey James. Today I will be sharing my review along with the chance to enter a great giveaway to win an ecopy of the book.
First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
It’s been a difficult year for Cleo Jones. The car accident that crushed her leg didn’t just destroy the village baker’s dreams of becoming a dancer, but crushed her confidence too. And recovering from that has been harder than healing from any number of broken bones…
But this summer is going to be different. Life is turning around for Cleo! Maybe it’s the invitation from her childhood bully to their high-school reunion that’s shocked her out of a ten-year slump. Or joining Carb Counters and finally starting to shed the weight she’d piled on during her recovery – or maybe it’s catching the eye of her gorgeous personal trainer!
Whatever the answer, this is going to be a summer she never forgets… watch out world, Cleo Jones is finally fighting back!
I have to start by saying that it was so easy to become attached to Cleo and this is definitely down to the way that Lynsey James has written her. She just feels like someone you could know and be friends with, a whole lot of heart went into making Cleo's character really come to life. Cleo has had such a difficult time that made me just want to make everything better for her. Her self esteem was at an all time low after the accident that destroyed her dreams for the future. Even now she is still trying to build her confidence back up, she is determined however and I loved her for it. Cleo navigates her way through some tough times and the odd embarassing situations that made me root for her even more. After the email from Amanda inviting Cleo to the reunion I was already feeling full on hate for Amanda's character. I think it's safe to say we've all met a few people like her especially back in school, I know I did!
I was completely drawn into this story there are some light moments but also more deep and emotional moments that helped create a wonderful balance that made this story stand out for me. I really enjoyed the uplifting side to this story and how far Cleo goes on her journey. At the start her confidence is low but I love how she attacks her bucket list, intending to lift herself up and achieve her dreams. The friendship that Cleo and Scott have is so lovely and I was left smiling whenever they were together. The story moves quickly and before I knew it I was nearing the end. Will Cleo achieve her dreams? Well you will have to pick this book up and find out which I definitely recommend doing.
A Season of Hopes and Dreams is romantic, sweet and completely loveable!
With thanks to Neverland BT, HQ Digital & Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She's an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she's sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)
A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left my job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.
When Lynsey's not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she's daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they're meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…
3x eCopies of the book – 3 winners.
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