Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Conditional Love by Cathy Bramley. Thank you to Fiction Addiction Book Tours for sending me the eBook.
“Meet Sophie Stone, a thirty-something, serial procrastinator. Tesco knickers, Take That, and tea with two sugars is about as exciting as it gets. But when her boyfriend dumps her on Valentine’s Day and a mysterious benefactor leaves her an inheritance, even Sophie has to accept that change is afoot.
There is a catch: a condition in the will that threatens the very foundations of Sophie’s world. What did the old lady want her to discover? Was there more to her parents’ break up than she was led to believe?
With an evil boss, bickering flat mates, manipulative mother and sexy ex-boyfriend, Sophie has plenty to contend with without the brooding architect who puts his foot in it every time he opens his mouth.
She will have to face the past and learn some shocking home truths before she can finally get her own happy-ever-after.”
I quickly got the impression that Sophie’s love life was not very successful and found it super easy to warm to her character, I believe the comfortable style of writing was partially responsible for that. Her naivety was just one of the things that made me like her so much, I enjoyed seeing how her character grew throughout the storyline and became more sure about her own life. I also really liked her roommates who were sisters and very entertaining – they certainly added another fun twist to the book.
An unexpected letter from a solicitor had the potential to change Sophie’s life in a big way and I felt excited to join her as she embarked on a new chapter in her life. This led to her first meeting with Nick the architect and I enjoyed this moment immensely, Nick was another wonderful character who brought a little bit of mystery to the storyline – I was constantly wondering what was going through his mind!
For me this was a well-rounded book, there were some touching moments and quite serious subjects were raised but there were also lots of funny moments, one of my favourites being Sophie’s boardroom faux pas which had me laughing out loud as I was reading. It was a book that I couldn’t wait to get back to whenever I had other things I needed to do, I was just so keen to discover what was going to happen next!
This was a fun, captivating read. I would love to read more about these characters.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After growing up in Birmingham, Cathy went to Nottingham Trent University at the ripe old age of eighteen and five days to study European Business. Upon graduating she spent the next few years in the corporate world of marketing working on high-powered projects such as testing the firing range of SuperSoaker waterguns, adding hair extensions to Girls’ World styling heads and perfecting the weeing action of Tiny Tears. After making it onto Timmy Mallet’s Christmas card list, she realised it was time to move on and so in 1995 set up her own agency, Apples & Pears Marketing.
Avid fans of the TV series, Cathy and her husband realised their Grand Designs’ dream of building their own house in 2011. They now live in rural Nottinghamshire with their two daughters and a cockerpoo called Pearl.
This project provided the inspiration for Cathy’s debut novel Conditional Love, although it is by no means autobiographical, apart from the unfortunate incident in the boardroom! She shares her time between her marketing agency, writing and taxiing the girls endlessly from one activity to the next.
Cathy is a fan of Masterchef, strong coffee, chocolate brazils and Marian Keyes books. She is addicted to her Kindle and has an irrational fear of bananas.
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The INTERNATIONAL giveaway on this tour is for this gorgeous heart necklace (plus an ecopy of Conditional Love).