Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Review:Blue Sky Days by Marie Landry & giveaway

Marie Landry, Author

Title: Blue Sky Days
Author: Marie Landry
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Author herself
Publication Date: USA:Jan 5th 2012|UK:5th Jan 2012
A year after graduating from high school, nineteen-year-old Emma Ward feels lost. She has spent most of her life trying to please her frigid, miserable mother - studying hard, getting good grades, avoiding the whole teenage rebellion thing - and now she feels she has no identity beyond that. Because she spent so many years working hard and planning every moment of her life, she doesn't have any friends, has never had a boyfriend, and basically doesn't know who she is or what she really wants from life. Working two part-time jobs to save money for college hasn't helped her make decisions about her future, so she decides it's time for a change. She leaves home to live with her free-spirited, slightly eccentric Aunt Daisy in a small town that makes Emma feel like she's stepped back in time.
When Emma meets Nicholas Shaw, everything changes - he's unlike anyone she's ever met before, the kind of man she didn't even know existed in the 21st century. Carefree and spirited like Daisy, Nicholas teaches Emma to appreciate life, the beauty around her, and to just let go and live. Between Daisy and Nicholas, Emma feels like she belongs somewhere for the first time in her life, and realises that you don't always need a plan - sometimes life steers you where you're meant to be.
Life is wonderful, an endless string of blue sky days, until Nicholas is diagnosed with cancer, and life changes once again for Emma in ways she never thought possible. Now it's time for her to help Nicholas the way he's helped her. Emma will have to use her new-found strength, and discover along the way if love really is enough to get you through.
[from goodreads]

I  requested Blue Sky Days a while ago from Marie because  could relate to what was going on in the book through a similar experience and I am so glad I did or I would have missed out on a great read.  Marie has wrote a book that makes the emotions and feelings so real its hard not to get drawn in and start to feel a part of it all. You want to keep reading to find out what happens next, will they survive the next hurdle thrown at them, will it be good news or bad.

I loved the description of not only the town and the characters, but even the littlest detail of the weather, or what the characters see. It was so easy to imagine it all that it made me wish I lived there.  I really disliked Emma's Mum for her attitude towards Emma and what she wanted to do with her own life and future and for a while didn't think much of her Father for going along with it, but when he finally comes to his senses I was happy to see him take a more active part in Emma's new life she had built for herself.
The raw emotion behind the story had me crying a lot, even more so when it came to Nicholas going into hospital, the worry and emotion behind it all brought back my own memories of having the same feelings.  Once I started I could not put Blue Sky Days down and finished it the next day. 

Marie is a debut author and Blue Sky Days is an amazing offering for all the readers out there.  She is an author to keep an eye on and hopefully Marie is busy thinking of more stories to write.
Everyone should pick up a copy of her book and hopefully you will all have a "Blue Sky Day" everyday.

Marie kindly took some time out of her busy schedule to send me some fun facts.
Pop over to The Carousel to find me and also to find out what they are.

A special promotion during this tour: Each person who buys a copy of Blue Sky Days between January 17th and February 14th and emails the proof of purchase to irishstar_83(at)hotmail(dot)com will be entered in a giveaway to win a book of their choice up to $10 CAN from the Book Depository.

Marie has also offered you a chance to win an e-copy of Blue Sky Days.  All you have to do is fill in the rafflecopter form below with your name and email address. Rules are posted in the widget.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Michelle! I'm so glad you contacted me all those months ago, and that you're part of the tour now. :-)

    Good luck to everyone in the giveaway!


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