#Blogtour – Friday 1st June
Welcome to my stop on the blogtour for this charming book.
I love Amy, she is my new favourite ‘book-heroine’.
I would like to thank the wonderful bloghost, Rachel’s Random Resources and the amazing author, Elizabeth McGivern for inviting me to take part in this tour. The book was an amazing read and I am so happy to be sharing it with you (spoiler free of course)
It is my great pleasure to introduce you to Amy.
About the Author
(picture credited to Jess Lowe)
Elizabeth McGivern is a former journalist turned hostage-in-her-own-home surrounded by three men and a horrible dog named Dougal.
In an effort to keep her sanity she decided to write a parenting blog after the birth of her first son so she can pinpoint the exact moment she failed as a mother.
In an unexpected turn of events, the blog helped her to find a voice and connect with parents in similar situations; namely those who were struggling with mental health issues and parenting.
It was because of this encouragement – and wanting to avoid her children as much as possible – her debut novel, Amy Cole has lost her mind, was born.
Elizabeth lives in Northern Ireland although wishes she could relocate to Iceland on a daily basis. To witness her regular failings as a parent you can find her on:
About the Book
Amy Cole has lost her mind
Amy Cole is a stay-at-home mum and a woman on the edge.
After a very public breakdown and failed suicide attempt, Amy finds herself trying to make it through her everyday life as a high-functioning zombie.
Elle De Bruyn is a force of nature ready to shake Amy back to life whether she likes it or not.
After a fortuitous meeting, the two embark on a journey together which will change them both and help them find out exactly what they’re capable of when rock bottom is just the beginning.
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I could base my review on the fact that I LOVE AMY, but I guess I should put more into it than that shouldn’t i?
The story is such a brilliant read; funny, touching and charming.
This book and Amy’s character spoke to me on so many levels, from the traumatic miscarriage to the ‘pompous-stuck-up’ mothers that she came across. This character was the ‘real’ mother and I could relate to every feeling she had; every moment when she felt out of her depth as a Mom, I mirrored those feelings and recognised the stress that comes from having children.
Amy is such a lovable character; she’s funny, grounded and real. I loved reading the interaction between her and her new BFF Elle. The character interaction between them makes for brilliant reading; I love how they’re friendship builds and the dialogue between them creates a believable connection. Their friendship reminded me of me and my girlfriends at times and I laughed and cried as the story unravelled.
This book was a delightful read, it would appeal to all parents out there, especially those who like Amy, are ‘winging it’. Being a parent is hard; its tiring and stressful; there are days when you really don’t know what you doing and others when you want to hide yourself away just for a moment so you can catch your breath. But like Amy, I also know how rewarding it can be.
I am not ashamed to admit that I shed a tear or two at this story; it really struck a cord with me and it has stayed with me ever since I turned the last page.
This is a fantastic, feel-good, laugh out loud book which is also touching and almost hard to read in parts. I have already suggested this book to my friends and family, as I enjoyed it that much.
I love this book, it was a fantastic read. The thing that appealed to me the most was how real the relationship between Amy and Elle was. I could really relate to the friendship they share; the dialogue was brilliant between them and the author did a fantastic job at creating such believable characters.
I really hope this isn’t the last we have seen of Amy.
Rating – 5 out of 5
If you liked my review and would like to see what others are saying about this book, then please check out the other participants of this #blogtour.