Good morning my loves!
I hope you’ve had a lovely week and have lots of lovely things planned for the weekend ahead. As this post goes live, I shall be sat at the airport on my way home from what I hope will have been a lovely holiday, no doubt feeling a little glum.
On the brighter side of things, today is my stop on the blog tour for the lovely Somewhere Close to Happy by Lia Louis. A stunning novel about self-discovery, self-esteem, letting go and learning that it’s never too late.
Lizzie has just received a letter from her first love, Roman. The thing is, Roman went missing 12 years ago. A laugh-out-loud funny yet heart-breaking novel about first love and second chances, with a satisfying mystery at its heart. Lizzie James is happy. She has a steady office job (with a steady stream of tray bakes), has had the same best friend since secondary school, and she sees her family every Thursday night for take-away and TV. Granted, some members of her family she’d rather not see, and they definitely don’t want to see her after what happened back then… but on the whole she’s happy. Or somewhere close to it, anyway. Until a letter arrives one day from her best friend, Roman. A letter dated 12 years ago, the exact day he went missing. It brings all her painful memories flooding back: the new school she had to go to when she was ill, losing her beloved granddad, Hubble, and then losing her first love. As Lizzie uncovers the secrets of the letter, she starts to discover what really happened the year her life fell apart – and all avenues lead back to Roman. Who sent her the letter, and what happened to Roman?
Now, this one started off a little slow, which may not be for everyone, it is something I really appreciate when it comes to novels like this one. I always find myself extra critical of books that seek to discuss mental health as it is something that I have dealt with for over half of my life. In my humblest of opinions, Somewhere Close to Happy deals with it in a great way, though if you are currently really struggling, this book may be one to keep for a little while and read later.
Lia’s writing is very reminiscent of authors like Jojo Moyes, who have the ability to write about heart-heavy topics like grief and mental health with a real sensitivity that leaves you feeling a little more whole after reading.
Everything about it was realistic and relatable, and if you’re looking for a brilliant feel-good and lighthearted read while the days are longer and the weather a bit nicer, I couldn’t recommend this one more. Somewhere Close to Happy by Lia Louis was published by Orion Books on the 13th of June and is available right now!
Peace and pages