Saturday, February 9, 2019

Book Birthday Blitz Review with Giveaway (UK only): The Secret to Falling in Love by Victoria Cooke

Book info:
TitleThe Secret to Falling in Love
Author:  Victoria Cooke
Genre:  Adult contemporary romance
Release Date:  February 9th, 2017
Source: E-galley received from Rachel's Random Resources which did not influence my opinion
My rating:  3.5  stars


Status Update: I’m going offline for a while… Wish me luck! xx

Lifestyle journalist and thirty-something singleton Melissa hashtags, Insta's and Snapchats her supposedly fabulous life on every social media platform there is.

That is until she wakes up on her birthday, another year older and still alone, wondering if, for all her internet dates, love really can be found online? The challenge: go technology free for a whole month!

Forced to confront the reality of her life without its perfect filters, Melissa knows she needs to make some changes. But when she bumps into not one, but two gorgeous men, without the use of an app, she believes there could be hope for love offline.

If only there was a way to choose the right guy for her…

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My Review:
So, this book had some ups and downs for me.  I spent the first third of it being annoyed by the main character's whining about being single.  Even though she did come right out and say that she'd focused on her career and herself first, but now she just wanted to be with someone, it totally sounded like she was just saying she needed a man to be happy.  And I got tired of that.  But then, her boss did something and if I was Melissa, I'd have wanted to kill my boss!,

Taking the break from social media and all technology was really a neat idea in the book though.  I think for the most part, it would be a great thing for people, and all of the new experiences Melissa has show that.  However there are also the problems,  not being able to communicate with anyone, to let them know where you are going, for someone else to let you know they can't make it because of a flat tire, and then if their phone dies, they have no way to let you know then either!  

In the end, I feel like it all kind of worked perfectly, and there were some side characters that actually made their reason for being in the story more important for what they did in side stories.  I really liked Scott, the guy that her mom wanted to set her up with.  There was one moment that felt rushed, but the author then led us to another obstacle that helped me with the suddenness of that moment.   Melissa was also having friend issues in a way, and I guessed part of that friend issue, but not all of it. The way I was surprised by that was really a good part of the story as well.

So while this started off with me on the fence of if I would finish it, it ended with me turning pages as quickly as possible to see how Melissa's happily ever after would happen.   I'd probably look for more books by this author in future.

About the Author:

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, 'The Secret to Falling in Love,' in 2016.

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