Friday, August 18, 2023

Blog Tour: All Good Things by Amanda Prowse

I am always curious when I hear of an author who has published many, many books in a genre I love and yet they were previously unknown to me. And so it was that when I saw that Amanda Prowse, author of more than 30 books was being offered for blog tour that I went ...why not. I mean all those books must mean that there are people out there buying her books, right?

Daisy Harrop is a bit anxious for her evening shift. She works as a server in a small Italian restaurant in her town. She loves the owners, she works hard, but tonight the restaurant has been booked out by the Kelleways, her next door neighbours. Her glamourous, rich, loving, close, popular next door neighbours. Which is everything that Daisy is not.

The Kelleway's are coming together to celebrate the 40th wedding anniversary of Winnie and Bernie. In attendance is their golden boy son Lawrence, his long suffering wife Julie and their children Cassian and Domino. Also in attendance is their heavily pregnant daughter Cleo, who never quite shone as brightly as Lawrence, and her husband George.

Daisy has often longed to have the life of the Kelleways. Instead she lives in the drab and messy house next door. Her mum is depressed and never leaves the house, her dad works hard and then there's her brother Jake. Daisy longs for the Kelleway's life, and has strong feelings for Cassian.

However, over the course of the night, we as readers get to see how appearances can be deceiving. Lawrence is flashy but there's no substance. Julie is tired of covering up for him, and for having to run every time his business deals collapse.  Cassian and Domino are emotionally wounded after being ripped out of their beautiful life in Melbourne unexpectedly,  and they are both hiding big secrets of their own.

This book has an unusual structure. All the events take place over the course of one evening, with flashbacks to the past to tell the story of what led to the place with each of the characters finds themselves. All of the characters are given a voice, which means that there are a lot of perspectives. There were times when I was surprised by some of the perspectives, but not necessarily in a good way.

I will say that I did want to keep reading this book to see how it all played out, but I didn't particularly like many of the characters. There were liars and cheats, shallowness and deception, and just plain awfulness. There were only a couple of characters that seemed to have any integrity whatsoever. And I struggled with the ending. I was reading away and then realised I only had a couple of percent to go and there was still so much that was unresolved, which is pretty much how it ended. 

It is always good to take a chance on a new author, but in this case it didn't really work for me unfortunately.

Check out other stops on the blog tour. Maybe others will have enjoyed this book more than I did.

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources, Netgalley and the publisher for the review copy.

Rating 2.5

About the Book

All Good Things

In this captivating story from the bestselling author of Picking up the Pieces, Daisy has always envied the perfect family next door. But will a weekend of unexpected drama prove that the grass isn’t always greener?

Daisy Harrop has always felt like she exists in the background, and since her mother stopped getting out of bed, her life has come to a complete standstill. Daisy would give anything to leave the shabbiest house on the street and be more like the golden Kelleways next door, with their perfectly raked driveway and flourishing rose garden…

Winnie Kelleway is proud of the beautiful family she’s built. They’ve had their ups and downs—hasn’t everyone? But this weekend, celebrating her golden wedding anniversary is truly proof of their happiness, a joyful gathering for all the neighbours to see.

But as the festivities get underway, are the cracks in the ‘perfect’ Kelleway life beginning to show? As one bombshell revelation leads to another and events start to spiral out of control, Daisy and Winnie are about to discover that things aren’t always what they seem.

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Author Giveaway

Amanda Prowse would like to give a prize to the best review – any length, any star rating of a Fire Tablet. Will ship it anywhere worldwide.

The prize for the best review is a:

Fire HD 10 tablet | 10.1", 1080p Full HD, 32 GB, Black - Without Ads.

· Fast and responsive: powerful octa-core processor and 3 GB RAM. 50% more RAM than previous generation.

· Up to 12-hour battery life and 32 GB of internal storage. Add up to 1 TB with microSD (to be purchased separately).

· Brighter display: vivid 10.1" 1080p full HD display is 10% brighter than previous generation, with more than 2 million pixels.

· Enjoy your favourite apps like BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Now, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and more through Amazon’s Appstore (Google Play not supported, subscription fees may apply).

· Stay connected: download apps such as Zoom or ask Alexa to make video calls to friends and family.

Please ensure your review is posted by midnight on Sunday 17th September in order to be eligible. Please tag Amanda Prowse on social media with a link to your review, wherever it is posted. The winner will be selected and notified by Close of Play on Friday 22nd September.

About the author

Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author whose twenty-eight novels, two non-fiction titles and seven novellas have been published in dozens of languages around the world. Published by Lake Union, Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres. Her books, including the chart-topping No.1 titles 'What Have I Done?', 'Perfect Daughter', 'My Husband's Wife', 'The Girl in the Corner' and ‘The Things I Know’ have sold millions of copies across the globe.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda has appeared on numerous shows where her views on family and social issues strike a chord with viewers. She also makes countless guest appearances on BBC national and independent Radio stations including LBC, Times Radio and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations and her infectious humour. Described by the Daily Mail as ‘The queen of family drama’ Amanda’s novel, 'A Mother's Story' won the coveted Sainsbury's eBook of the year Award and she has had two books selected as World Book Night titles; 'Perfect Daughter' in 2016 and 'The Boy Between' in 2022.

Amanda is a huge supporter of libraries and having become a proud ambassador for The Reading Agency, works tirelessly to promote reading, especially in disadvantaged areas. Amanda's ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can't possibly read another book until the memory fades...

Praise for Amanda Prowse:

'A powerful and emotional work of fiction' - Piers Morgan

'Deeply moving and emotional, Amanda Prowse handles her explosive subjects with delicate skill' - Daily Mail

'Uplifting and positive, but you will still need a box of tissues' - Hello!

'A gut-wrenching and absolutely brilliant read' - The Irish Sun

'You'll fall in love with this...' - Cosmopolitan

'Deeply moving and eye opening. Powerful and emotional drama that packs a real punch.' - Heat

'Magical' - Now magazine

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