The amazing Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources has been an absolute star, putting together a blog tour for What She Left. The bloggers have been utterly fantastic, and I’ve been so thrilled with the great reviews, social media buzz and attention the book has been getting. Here are some highlights from the first days of the tour:
The tour kicked off on 12 January, with lovely Linda from Books of all Kinds, who gave the book a rave review, saying: “WHAT SHE LEFT by Rosie Fiore is a brilliant story that will really get under your skin and make you realise that looks can be deceptive, and I think it would portray perfectly on our tv screens.” (Anyone who fancies turning it into a TV drama, feel free to give me a call!
Kelly from Love Books Group, said: “It’s fast-paced, engaging and cleverly written. It has been a long time that I have read a book in one sitting…. A refreshing fast paced edge of your seat read! If this book was a movie it would get an Oscar! Ticks every box of my reading wants tick tick tick BOOM, it definitely started my reading year with a bang!”
I was also thrilled to get a review from Chandra from Where the Reader Grows, who called What She Left “A beautiful character driven domestic, contemporary drama that drives you to hate and love the characters all at once.”
The lovely Marianne from Books, Life & Everything said “I found this to be such an enjoyable read, with a variety of believable characters, all with their own stories. The story really focuses on the devastation left behind in Sam's family and the ripple effect Helen's disappearance causes in people's lives.”
Kate from Portable Magic gave me a double whammy of coverage, with an interview and a review. She noted that: “Fiore creates a unique voice for each of the characters, and this helped me to understand their mindset and connect with them more easily.”
Joanna from Over the Rainbow Book Blog featured a Guest Post from me, which tells you all about my plans for 2018 (spoiler, I’m going to be doing A LOT more writing!).
Elizabeth from Chicklit Chickadees said the book kept her up till 3am (sorry Elizabeth!). She also said, “If you liked Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, you will love this book. If you’re a fan of domestic drama, you will love this book. I was enthralled.”
Fab Sheri from Ticket to Everywhere offered this review: “This was a wonderful read - it always feels like a slight risk volunteering to review an unfamiliar author, as you’re never sure what you’re going to get, but What She Left is very well written, engaging and often surprising. I was engrossed throughout and really did not know how it was going to end.”
Karen has a gorgeous blog called My Reading Corner, and she was kind enough to feature a guest post from me about why a woman might choose to walk away from her family? If I’m honest, I wrote the book because the thought has crossed my mind…
I visited The Secret World of a Book Blog, and was excited to hear her say, “When you manage to finish a book in one day, it’s a pretty good sign that it’s a good book.” She also said, “This is a must read book, and one I would highly recommend. I have had an amazing start to my reading in 2018.”
From across the pond in Ohio, Teresa from Book Babble said, "I was grabbed by this story from the first chapter and could hardly bear the times I had to put it down. Seeing how the family members grew and developed through the story was a joy."
What’s Better than Books? Nothing, I would argue… and I loved the fact that this wonderful blog found What She Left to be “Absorbing, intense, and immensely sobering!”
Sue from Read Along with Sue enjoyed the book, and said “The epilogue blew my mind. What a fantastic book.” To find out what she liked about the epilogue, you’ll have to read the other 300-odd pages!
If you want a glimpse of my luvverly face, you can visit Ms Felicia over at Nesie’s Place, where there’s a video of me reading an extract from the book!
Book Ink Reviews featured a guest post I wrote about writing in the voice of a child.
And finally, Anne Cater, book blogger extraordinaire, at Random Things Through my Letterbox, said, “I have been completely and utterly absorbed in What She Left, it's been a real roller-coaster of a read; one of those books that when you put it down you continue to think about the story, eager to get back to it and constantly intrigued by both the plot and the excellently created characters.”
I cannot thank all of these bloggers enough, and of course, Rachel, who organised the tour, and all the many, many other bloggers who have liked, retweeted, shared, and helped to build the buzz! The tour continues tomorrow, and I look forward to sharing more!
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