Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the book tour for It Happened One Night by Phillipa Ashley. Thank you to Fiction Addiction Book Tours for arranging for me to receive a proof copy of this book.
“Sophie McBride has been in love with Adam Templar for as long as she can remember. Talented, brilliant and sexy, he shines like the sun over the tiny Lakeland village where she’s grown up. Now, at eighteen, she has her own big ideas and what’s more, Adam is home from university and has finally noticed her . . . really noticed her. When he asks her to a party, she dares to hope that all her dreams can come true, but what happens that night sets off a chain of events that bring heartbreak for Sophie – and lead to Adam leaving Langmere under the darkest of clouds.
Ten years later, no one is more shocked than Sophie to find him back in the village. Now an up-and-coming film director, he’s returned to make a drama about a notorious local poet and brought his glamorous cast, crew – and girlfriend – with him. As the on-screen drama plays out, can Sophie and Adam lay the past to rest or will history repeat itself?”
I loved the sound of this book so I jumped at the chance to take part in the book tour. Once I had started reading I quickly realised that the author’s writing had a way of pulling me in and before I knew it I was hooked! I simply couldn’t stop reading in my quest to find out how Sophie and Adam’s story would end, I read the book in less than a day.
The night of the party was intriguing because I wasn’t given all the answers straight away, events of that night were gradually revealed throughout the book and this was something I loved because it kept me flipping the pages. When the full sequence of events were finally revealed I felt relieved and a bit surprised too as there was a couple of things that I hadn’t been expecting.
When Adam returned to the village ten years later I couldn’t wait to find out how Sophie and Adam would handle seeing each other again, I really got a kind of Romeo and Juliet vibe from it with the whole families at war thing. Forbidden love always holds a certain appeal to me when I’m reading so this was an exciting part of the book!
The characters were all likeable and I found something in each of them that I could relate to, even the womanizing actor Harry who seemed to show a caring side now and then (this was a side of him that I wasn’t expecting when he first arrived in the story). Sophie’s feelings for Adam were very strong and as the reader I could almost feel her desire for him leaping out of the page at me.
A few times I found myself laughing out loud at something and this gave the book a light feel to it, particularly when all the drama was unfolding. One of the biggest dramatic shocks came near the end, an announcement was made that came completely out of the blue! Speaking of the end, I really loved the epilogue – it meant that I finished the book with a smile on my face.
This was an unputdownable and charming read, I definitely want to read more from this author.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
British author, Phillipa Ashley, loves writing lively, sexy, funny romantic fiction. After studying English Language and Literature at Oxford University, she worked as a copywriter and journalist. Her novels have been published by Headline Little Black Dress, Piatkus Entice and Samhain Publishing.
She started writing fiction in 2005, after being inspired by the BBC TV drama, North & South. Her first novel, Decent Exposure – titled
Dating Mr December for the US – topped the Play.com Romance chart and won the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers Award 2007. In 2009, it was filmed as a Lifetime TV movie called 12 Men of Christmas starring Kristin Chenoweth and Josh Hopkins. Having her novel made into a movie inspired It Happened One Nightwhich is published in June 2013.
Her most recent book for Piatkus Entice is Miranda’s Mount which won Best e book at the Festival of Romance Reader Awards 2012.
Her books have been translated into many languages including Thai, Turkish, Bulgarian and Russian. In the US, four of her books have been published by Sourcebooks and reached the Amazon.com Romance Top 20. She was a judge for the RNA Love Story of the Year 2011 and has interviewed many interesting people during her career as a journalist including the writers, Ian Rankin and Sir John Mortimer and actors Richard Armitage, Robert Powell and Nigel Havers.
Phillipa lives in Staffordshire with her husband and daughter and loves Champagne, Jane Austen, hiking, surfing and body boarding. She also loves visiting her apartment in the Lake District as often as possible, the setting for It Happened One Night.
She is represented by the Wade & Doherty Literary Agency and Sayle Screen.
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