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27 February 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: 'People We Love' by Jenny Harper


Jenny Harper is back with the fourth instalment in her popular Heartlands series.

People We Love will be on tour for the next few weeks, visiting some of the best and brightest book blogs for reviews, guest posts and a colourful giveaway!
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For readers of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult and David Nicholls, you will love Jenny Harper's People We Love. 

  Her life is on hold – until an unlikely visitor climbs in through the kitchen window.

A year after her brother’s fatal accident, Lexie’s life seems to have reached a dead end. She is back home in small-town Hailesbank with her shell-shocked parents, treading softly around their fragile emotions.

As the family business drifts into decline, Lexie’s passion for painting and for her one-time mentor Patrick have been buried as deep as her unexpressed grief, until the day her lunch is interrupted by a strange visitor in a bobble hat, dressing gown and bedroom slippers, who climbs through the window. Elderly Edith’s batty appearance conceals a secret and starts Lexie on a journey that gives her an inspirational artistic idea and rekindles her appetite for life. With friends in support and ex-lover Cameron seemingly ready to settle down, do love and laughter beckon after all?    

I’m really excited to be part of the blog tour organised by CandleLit Author Services for Jenny Harper’s latest novel ‘People We Love’ today! The book tells the story of Alexa Gordon, also known as Lexie, who is trying to pick up her life after the unexpected death of her beloved brother Jamie. She’s back in her hometown Hailesbank and tries to help her family and the family business. However, what Lexie loves most is to paint; it has always been her dream of having her own show at a gallery, but due to everything that has happened this dream is still just a dream. Until one day an elderly lady named Edith climbs in through the Gordon family’s kitchen window. Edith is looking for something and this something helps Lexie to start a new project, a project in which she is finally able to express her passion for painting but also a project that will change both her and her family’s lives.

I was not familiar with author Jenny Harper’s work before I got the chance to read and review ‘People We Love’, and I’m really glad I got the chance to discover her writing. It took me a bit of time to really get into the novel, but the characters and storyline managed to draw me in after a few chapters and after that I just wanted to keep on reading. The story is incredibly captivating and beautifully written, filled with tons of emotion, and the characters are well-drawn and fascinating. I quickly warmed to Lexie and was really curious to see whether she would be able to get on with her life after her brother’s death and which choices she would make. A big focus lies on Lexie’s love life, with appearances by her exes Cameron and Patrick, and I loved the fact that the story included this romance element, but also focused on other characters and the relationships between them, such as Lexie and her best friend Molly.

As I already mentioned but just want to focus on again, this novel has some great in-depth characters at its core. Not just Lexie and her family, but other characters such as the elderly lady who climbs through the kitchen window, Edith, and the local eccentric shop owner Pavel, really managed to steal my heart. The storyline of this novel is just beautiful and I want to applaud the author for coming up with and creating this emotional and wonderful tale. ‘People We Love’ is a captivating story about healing, overcoming things and going on with your life with a smile on your face. A truly wonderful story which I can’t recommend enough!


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Author Bio:
Jenny Harper lives in Edinburgh. She is the author of four books about Scotland and Scottish culture, a history of childbirth, and The Sleeping Train for young readers. When she isn't writing, she enjoys walking in the Scottish countryside or anywhere warm, and travelling to Europe, America and India. 
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1st Prize: 1 x Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour Sketchers Pocket Set and an E-copy of People We Love by Jenny Harper
2nd Prize: 1 x Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour Sketchers' Pocket Set

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1 comment:

  1. Hey Jody I tagged you in a tag I've done, hope you're well :-)