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This Beautiful Life by Katie Marsh
I cannot believe this is Katie Marsh’s third book already. Time seems to have gone so quickly since the launch of her wonderful debut novel My Everything in 2015. I am delighted to be a part of the official blog tour for This Beautiful Life. Another breath-taking that will break your heart and also make you laugh. It is just brilliant.
If you have not discovered any of the three books by Katie Marsh, then you are not just missing out on incredible books but also a writer that has cemented her place among the best of the recent new writers.
This is the story about Abi, she is in remission from Cancer and this really is her moment to grab hold of life and give this a second chance. This is Abi’s story and is set to her favourite playlist of her songs. This story is also about relationships and during the time when Abi was very ill you would think her husband John would be her rock but this appears not to be the case. We also meet their teenage son Seb who has a secret all of his own and is struggling not only coping with his mum’s illness but also fighting his own battle and it really is beginning to take its toll on Seb. This was really heart-breaking at times to read. So at a time when the family should be strong and united to help Abi, it is in fact a family divided and on the verge of breaking down.
Now she is recovering from Cancer Abi want to fight for another chance and bring her family back from the brink. I often speak about characters in novels and how important it is to make them real with real lives facing the same problems in everyday life that we all face. When you know someone who is suffering from Cancer you know the problems they face and not just on the medical side but also personal and financial. It all adds the stress and worry. With Katie Marsh and how she creates her characters they are as real as you and me. There is no higher praise. I am a huge admirer of her writing.
None of us are perfect and here in This Beautiful Life all the key characters all have their issues and I had to wonder while reading how this was all going to play out in the end not just for Abi but also for John and Seb. Sometimes when you know things are going wrong in life you feel as though you have lost control and at some point you are going to hit rock bottom. Abi must have thought this while she was fighting that dreadful disease but then you turn the corner and more problems are waiting to knock you down even more. Families and secrets. Oh yes we all know this goes on and her in this story it hits home. I am not going to give away how this ends. But you REALLY want and should read this beautifully written book that will break you and lift you. If it comes across that I am a bit of a fan of Katie Marsh and her writing, well I admit I am because her books are real life and the characters are just so believable and real. This is a writer who not just puts her heart and soul into her writing but goes even beyond that if that is possible. It is sad, funny heart-breaking and moving. It is a book that you should add to your Summer reading pile and I promise you will not regret reading. Apologies if there are tears while reading. HIGH RECOMMENDED
Thank you to Emma Knight and Hodder & Stoughton for the advanced review copy of This Beautiful Life.
This Beautiful Life by Katie Marsh was published by Hodder & Stoughton on 27th July and is now available through Waterstones, Amazon and all good bookshops.
This Beautiful Life Official Blog Tour
A Life Without – by Katie Marsh
The Last Word Review
A Life Without You is the second novel from Katie Marsh following on from My Everything which was so beautifully written and a story that is thought-provoking. I highly recommend it if you have not yet come across it. When my advanced review copy arrived in April I was very humbled to find out that I had been mentioned towards the end of the book.
It is Zoe’s wedding day a day that is supposed to be a very special day and one that she will remember for the rest of her life. But something is wrong, is this a case of wedding day nerves or is this Zoe wondering if SHE really is doing the right thing. Then the doorbell rings and Zoe’s life changes. A friend of her Mum is standing on the doorstep. Zoe’s mum has been arrested now her wedding day lies in ruins. Is this the moment for Zoe to escape what is meant to be her big day?
What comes next through a story of pure unconditional love from a mother to her daughter. But there is much more to this story and it is a powerful story, of forgiveness or the road to forgiveness. How do you start the process of forgiving a parent for something that happened many years before? Sometimes this journey is not an easy path to take.
Through A Life Without You we see the story from Zoe and her Mum and the letters written by Zoe from an early age to her mother Gina. Then we start to see what went wrong and from her mother to her daughter. At times I felt I was intruding into the very personal lives of a mother and daughter but this is how beautifully Katie has written such an emotive story that deals with themes including the devastating impact of the onset of Alzheimer’s. Some readers will recognise some of the issues raised with the pages at times heart-breaking and yet there is laughter also within the story. There is so much warmth that comes from this story and one of hope when illness can literally tear a family apart. It is a story of hope in despair and one that will make you think about your life and how you must live for every moment of every day. It is an evocative story that Katie tells and one that you will not forget. A story of hope and of forgiveness.
I have little doubt that A Life Without You will receive even more praise. When I started reading I knew very quickly I was reading something quite something a tender story of a mother and daughter and of the past and the future. Bags full of emotion written and will pull on your heart one moment and make it soar the next.
Thank you to Emma Knight at Hodder & Stoughton for the advanced review copy.
A Life Without You by Katie Marsh is published on 14 July by Hodder & Stoughton and is available to pre-order through Waterstones and all good bookshops.
My Everything by Katie Marsh
Review Date: 10 September 2015
Author: Katie Marsh
Release Date: 27 August 2015
Publishers: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN –10: 1473613639
ISBN – 13: 978-1473613638
Available in Paperback and Kindle
The Last Word Review
An exceptional heart-warming debut novel with a message of hope and love. A beautifully written novel
I had already heard good things about My Everything by Katie Marsh so when this landed on my desk I wanted to read the book there and then. Finally I have and it is a beautifully written thoughtful novel.
Marsh writes with such tenderness about a subject that she has painstakingly researched and put together a novel that you will find very difficult to put down. The ultimate page turning novel packed full of emotion but at the same time uplifting.
On the day Hannah has decided that this will be the day that she ends her marriage to Tom by telling him she is leaving him, something terrible happens that will change their lives forever.
Tom is a workaholic and seems to spend more time in the office that at home, and when he at home Tom is forever criticizing Hannah and after another drunken late night row, Hannah has made up her mind she is going to leave Tom and get away, but she will need to decide when that will be.
Hannah wakes up to find Tom not in bed but lying on the bedroom floor, she thinks he is drunk after another drunken late night, but Tom is not drunk he is paralysed on the floor. The Paramedics are called and later in hospital it is confirmed that Tom has had a stroke at the age of only 32. Hannah’s plans to tell Tom she is leaving all falls apart and she is riddled with guilt, what does she do now? What is to become of their lives, their marriage? All she wants to do now is look after her husband in sickness and in health after that was their marriage vows on their wedding day just a few years before.
Their story is mixed with flashbacks to the past and the present. Hannah’s dreams are now shattered and now the pair have to try and rebuild their lives, truth is can they, does Hannah want to stay or is it time for them both to move on, what will everyone think if she now left Tom after his stroke. There is guilt in this story.
I loved the characters in this story especially Tom’s errant Sister who at first you take an instant dislike. Note I said at first. But all their friends bring something to the story that adds to its depth and warmth.
My Everything is a s story that reminds us of how fragile our lives are, what we have and hold so precocious and sometimes we take for granted can change at an instant and with that our lives can change forever.
So do Tom and Hannah make it together you will need to get yourself a copy of My Everything and settle down to a read you will not forget.
Meet the Author
Katie lives in South west London with my husband and daughter, who are locked in an ongoing turf war with my ever-expanding book collection. As well as writing novels I work in healthcare, and my first book was inspired by the bravery of the patients I met while working in stroke services. It’s called ‘My Everything’ and is about a young woman – Hannah – whose husband Tom has a stroke on the day she’s going to leave him. I really hope you enjoy it.
When I’m not working or writing my next book (currently a large pile of Post-its), I spend a lot of time in local parks trying and failing to keep up with my daughter’s scooter. I love mojitos, afternoon cinema trips, stealing my husband’s toast, karaoke (in my head I AM Cher) and adding cheese to absolutely all of my meals. My Everything is Katie’s debut novel and was published by Hodder on 27 August 2015.