Monday 13 April 2020

#BlogTour Worth Fighting For by Lasairiona E. McMaster

Today it's my turn on the BlogTour Worth Fighting For by Lasairiona E. McMaster.
About the Author
Lasairiona McMaster grew up dreaming of an exciting life abroad, and, after graduating from Queens University, Belfast, that is exactly what she did - with her then-boyfriend, now husband of almost ten years. Having recently repatriated to Northern Ireland after a decade abroad spanned over two countries (seven and a half years in America and eighteen months in India), she now finds herself 'home', with itchy feet and dreams of her next expatriation.

With a penchant for both travelling, and writing, she started a blog during her first relocation to Houston, Texas and, since repatriating to Northern Ireland, has decided to do as everyone has been telling her to do for years, and finally pen a book (or two) and get published while she tries to adjust to the people and place she left ten years ago, where nothing looks the same as it did when she left.

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About the book
Relationships are complicated. Long distance ones, even more so. When AJ Williams met Lisa Millar online through mutual friends, he wasn’t prepared to fall in love with the woman of his dreams. In a heart-wrenching story of love attempting to transcend miles, AJ finds himself married, fighting a battle against his Bipolar Disorder and on the wrong side of the Atlantic from the woman he truly loves. Will their love conquer all? Or will the intricacies of a relationship woven across the Atlantic be too much to take and tear them apart once and for all?
There are three main characters in this story. AJ, his internal dialogue and Lisa. Keeping the majority of his emotions hidden deep inside, which leads to a constant state of uncertainty and insecurity. Combined with his bipolar diagnosis, lack of honesty in his relationship and the stress of a long distance romance - it's a recipe for confusion and instability.

AJ fears the repercussions of being completely honest with Lisa. He doesn't want to be rejected for something society has taught him to be ashamed of. Then the pressure of trying to have a relationship, whilst both are in living two different places, it puts a strain on things.

It's a contemporary read about men with mental health issues and the way they in particular are viewed by society.There is still so much stigma attached to mental health and a general lack of understanding. It's seen as a weakness where men are concerned, whereas women have been living under the umbrella of 'hysteria and women's ailments' for many years.

After you've finished this story take a moment and read the Author's Note. Those three pages are a true testament to what McMaster wants to share with her readers. Sincere words, humbling statistics and an acknowledgement of the silent, and yet glaringly obvious tragedy happening around us. Society still hasn't quite got the grasp on understanding mental health, supporting those with mental health issues and finding sufficient funding to do so.

I would like to see greater depth, especially considering the inspiration. Deeper and darker, because that is the reality.

Buy Worth Fighting For Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Drama Llama Publishing; pub date 28 Mar. 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my reviews of  Bloom Where You're Planted and Game Changer by Lasairiona E. McMaster.

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