Thursday 21 February 2019

#BlogBlitz It Started With a Note by Victoria Cooke

It's a pleasure to take part in this 1 day Blog Blitz for It Started with a Note by Victoria Cooke. It's a contemporary romance and it is also a story about a woman finding herself by walking the path of her ancestors past.

Enter the Giveaway below to Win a Signed copy of It Started With A Note (UK Only)

About the Author
Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of her 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 her 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 romantic comedy novel, 'The Secret to Falling in Love,' in 2016. Cooke's third novel, Who Needs Men Anyway? became a digital bestseller in 2018.

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About the book
One lost letter. A chance to change her life!
Superhero single mum Cath always puts other people first. But now that she’s seen her son safely off to university (phew!), life seems a little, well…empty.

So when Cath unexpectedly discovers some letters written by her great-grandfather during the First World War, she decides to take herself on an adventure to France to retrace his footsteps.

Cath expects to spend her holiday visiting famous battlefields and testing out her French phrase book. What she doesn’t anticipate is that her tour guide, the handsome Olivier, will be quite so charming! Soon Cath isn’t simply unearthing the stories of the past – she’s writing a brand new one of her own, which might end up taking her in a very unexpected direction…

I think Cath is a perfect example of why the majority of women spend a lifetime neglecting their own desires and needs for those of their loved ones. Most of us have been hardwired to be caregivers and never to be takers. To give our last penny and the shirt off of our backs to those we love the most.

When women do take what they want or need they are often considered selfish and ruthless. Perhaps more women need to be brave enough to make so-called selfish choices and let themselves be happy. To let themselves experience something other than being the person who takes care of everything for everyone but themselves.

When Cath finally stands up to her mooching brother and her entitled son, they belittle and laugh at her decision to visit France. Specifically to see the places her great-grandfather saw and experienced as a soldier in the First World War. To follow his journey along the battlefields, which led to his untimely death.

For me, this was the most interesting and enjoyable part of the story. It's nostalgic and poignant in equal measures. I can imagine many of us want to and already have tried to connect to the past, and the brave men and women who gave their lives for their country. It's even more emotional when you have a personal connection to someone who was part of the horror, whether they returned home or not.

The relationship that blossoms between Cath and someone who shares her passion for the past is perhaps stronger because of the emotional turmoil surrounding the trip they take together. Either way the past and the romance of the present walk together hand in hand in this lovely little story. It's a contemporary romance and it is also a story about a woman finding herself by walking the path of her ancestors past.

Buy It Started with a Note at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ Digital; pub date 21 Feb. 2019, Buy at Amazon com, at Kobo

Enter the Giveaway below to Win a Signed copy of It Started With A Note (UK Only)

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