I'm thrilled to be sharing my review as part of the blog tour for The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway by Rhys Thomas. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
This is no ordinary love story and Sam is no typical hero...but he is a hero.
Sam Holloway has survived the worst that life can throw at you. But he’s not really living. His meticulous routines keep everything nice and safe - with just one exception...
Three nights a week, Sam dons his superhero costume and patrols the streets. It makes him feel invincible - but his unlikely heroics are getting him into some sticky, and increasingly dangerous, situations.
Then a girl comes into his life, and his ordered world is thrown into chaos ... and now Sam needs to decide whether he can be brave enough to finally take off the mask.
Both hilarious and heart-warming, this is a story about love, loneliness, grief, and the life-changing power of kindness
I'm not quite sure where to begin other than to say what a gem this book is! There are so many layers to this story that made it so wonderful. I can safely say that I was hooked from the first page and the whole story is pretty magical.
Sam is such an intriguing and captivating character as you read on you soon come to realise that something terrible happened in the past to send him on a certain path and showing how a certain superhero was born. I felt such an emotional connection to his character that was wonderful but there was also humour that provided a lovely balance. I have to say that some of the antics in this book were so entertaining making a brilliant and spirited addition. There is an awkwardness to Sam's character that I found so loveable and I could feel myself nodding along with him at certain parts.
With issues such as grief and loneliness it can be heartbreaking at times to read (there were tears) but the way Rhys Thomas writes this story also gives a sense of hope that Sam and the reader is seeking. I was completely caught up in Sam's world, there is romance and it does play an important part. However for me it is the journey that Sam takes that stands out for me. I found him relatable even if some of his actions are on occasion extreme but who knows how any of us would react in those circumstances. I have to admit I didn't want Sam's story to end!
Quirky, endearing and ever so beautiful!
Five stars from me!
With thanks to Anne Cater for the tour invite and to Headline for my copy via Netgalley.
Rhys Thomas lives in Cardiff with his long-term girlfriend and two cats, Henry VIII and Sheldon Tilllikum Cooper.