Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Blog Tour: The Start of Something Wonderful by Jane Lambert (Romance, 10/10E)

January 2018, HQ Digital, 364 pages, Ebook, Review copy

Summary from HarperCollins
Previously published as Learning to Fly

It’s never too late to follow your dreams…
Forty-year-old air stewardess, Emily Forsyth, thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with her

Catapulted into a mid-life crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside-down, quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress!

Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London’s West End but is it too late to reach for the stars?

Nayu's thoughts
Apologies, I'd meant to preschedule this review a while ago but I was ill then had to have mega strong meds - Jane very sweetly was happy to wait until I was ready to write this. 

 Despite acting in school plays a few times drama has never been a big interest of mine because I got stage fright (the thought of acting in front of people is intimidating), which is perhaps why I'm fascinated with stories about the protagonist working in performing arts. I didn't envy Emily when she dealt with acting divas and particularly fussy directors, but I did appreciate her guts for going for a dream that others said was ridiculous because she was older than most are when they start acting. She proves you can do anything at any age. 

It is far from easy, she has to dig deep to learn new skills, put up with unpleasant people and situations (which were rather funny) and no matter what keep striving for her dream). Her attitude and determination are admirable, she manages to make a few new friends despite many not thinking very much of her. I liked learning the technical side to acting which seems like a foreign language to me, and Emily didn't know it all at first. I cheered her on through the rough times, and rejoiced on all her triumphs both acting and non-acting related. She totally deserves the happiness she gets by the end of the book which includes romance. I'd love to see her story continue, failing that I'm more than happy setting this on my reread pile. 

Suggested read 
If you like character's who chase their dreams then check out Rosie's Little Cafe on the Riviera by Jennifer Bohnet (Romance, 10E/10E)

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