The Birthday That Changed Everything by Debbie Johnson


Publisher: Harper

Publication Date: 28 January 2016

She wanted a birthday surprise, just not the one she got…

The last thing Sally Summers expected from her husband on her special day was that he’d leave her for a Latvian lap dancer half her age. So with her world in tatters, Sally jets off to Turkey for some sun, sea and sanctuary.

The Blue Bay resort brings new friends and the perfect balm for Sally’s broken heart in gorgeous Dubliner James. He’s just the birthday present she needs. And when the chemistry between them continues to spark as the holiday ends, Sally wonders if this is more than just a summer fling.

But James has scars of his own and Sally isn’t quite ready to turn her back on her marriage. This birthday might have changed everything, but what will the next one bring?”


Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook. The first thing to catch my eye was the beautiful cover and then when I read the description I just couldn’t resist.

What a fab opening paragraph! A book that can put a smile on my face just a few words into the storyline is definitely going places.

Sally’s life had pretty much crashed down around her. She still had her kids, Lucy and Ollie but they weren’t easy to handle at all, especially Lucy whose words could have brought a grown man to tears. At the beginning I felt so sorry for Sally having such difficult children but do you know what, they totally grew on me and by the end I loved them both as much as the rest of the characters!

Somehow Sally and her kids ended up in Turkey and that’s when the fun really began.

The author’s style of writing and humour made this such an easy book to enjoy, a few of my favourite laugh-out-loud moments included: a baggage mix-up, a pub brawl and a pink spray attack! I found myself looking forward to picking up my Kindle to read more because I knew I’d soon be having a giggle.

There was an entertaining collection of crazy characters and each one of them added their own special zing to the comedy. Thrown into the mix was an exciting touch of romance which lingered beautifully, teasing me in a ‘will they, won’t they’ kind of way.

It wasn’t all about the laughter though, the author had a wonderful way of making me care about the characters so that when things went wrong I felt the same emotions they were feeling.

This book contained lots of fun combined with lots of emotion. I’ll definitely be reading more from this author!


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