With Valentine’s right around the corner I thought that I would have a read of some romance books to mark the occasion and if you are keen on romance books and live in the UK then there is a giveaway that you will want to have a look at.
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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I have to admit I was a little unsure when I first started reading this book, I just wasn’t too sure if Melissa was a character that I was going to get on with. At first glance, she seemed…maybe a bit…self-obsessed, but I am glad that I did not let that put me off because I’m happy to say that that was just poor judgement on my part.
Mel was such a fun character, how many of us would be able to give up our phones, internet or social media and try and make the most of it. I liked that even though she found it frustrating at first and had plenty of opportunities to ‘cheat’ that she didn’t take them and eventually started to enjoy life without modern communication.
She was very witty and engaging but I liked that her vulnerable side showed too, I felt especially bad for her because I’ve felt that slight pressure from others that wonder when you will settle down and reproduce. Whilst it is usually meant with good intention it can make you feel like a bit of an outsider, which I think the author managed to capture really well in Melissa.
Most of the other characters in the book were wonderful, I loved the banter between Mel and Scott and I liked that there were some lovely positive female friendships with Amanda and Gemma. What I liked the most though was that the female that caused some issues for Mel, her boss Dee, wasn’t doing it because of jealousy over a man, it was work related and it was refreshing.
I thought the romance in the book was sweet, really quite uplifting, it shows that sometimes the smaller gestures are priceless and I’m glad of the direction that Mel took in the end.
The Secret to Falling in Love is a really enjoyable and light-hearted read with humour, lots of romance, lovely characters and a smooth writing style it is the perfect book to spend a couple of easy hours with.
If you like the sound of the book, have a sweet tooth and live in the UK then click the link below to win…
an ARC of The Secret to Falling in Love and a box of Belgian Truffles
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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Big thanks to Rachel @ Rachel’s Random Resources, HQ Digital and Victoria Cooke for inviting me to be part of the tour.