Author Guest Post
Thank you so much to Kathleen for taking part in the Conditional Love blog tour, I’m so happy to be here on Jersey Girl Book Reviews today!
Conditional Love is my debut novel, a romantic comedy centering around a girl called Sophie Stone who inherits her Great Aunt’s estate when she dies. The old lady leaves her a house in a small village on the outskirts of Nottinghamshire – Robin Hood country!
The village in the story is fictional – honestly! But I have combined elements of my own village, Lambley and neighbouring village, Woodborough to create Woodby! And now I’d like to show you around…
The first picture shows Main Street. As you can see it’s not very busy! There are lots of old cottages in the village, some dating back to the seventeenth century!
Our village pub is called the Robin Hood Inn. This is probably the busiest place in the village on a Friday night. Although I prefer Wednesday night – curry and glass of wine for £8!
Although my village is only five miles from the center of Nottingham, we have lots of green space. This is my friend Julie’s horse grazing in the field in front of her farm house. You can just spot the pub in the background!
We are very lucky to still have our red phonebox, many of them have been replaced with modern phoneboxes. But this one doesn’t have a phone in it – it houses our book exchange!
In October last year, our parish council very kindly allowed me to take over the phonebox for the day for the launch of Conditional Love. I held a book signing, the Mayor came along and cut the ribbon and we celebrated with tea and cake. It was a wonderful day.
I hope this has given you a taste for the location of Conditional Love!
About The Author
Cathy has spent most of her working career in the crazy world of marketing. After graduating from University in Nottingham, she plunged herself into corporate world, working on high-powered projects such as testing the firing range of SuperSoaker water guns and perfecting the weeing action of Tiny Tears. In 1995 she set up her own marketing agency, Apples & Pears Marketing, but now most of her marketing activities involve promoting her books.
She lives in an idyllic Nottinghamshire village with her husband, two daughters and a dog called Pearl.
Conditional Love Cathy Bramley
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: October 4, 2013 Paperback / December 26, 2013 eBook
Format: Paperback - 366 pages
Kindle - 2810 KB
Genre: Chick Lit / Romantic Comedy / Women's Fiction
BUY THE BOOK: Conditional Love
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
But when her boyfriend dumps her on Valentine’s Day and a mysterious benefactor leaves her an inheritance, Sophie has to accept that change is afoot. There is a catch: in order to inherit, Sophie must agree to meet the father she has never seen.
With interference from an evil boss, bickering flat mates, warring parents and a sexy ex-boyfriend, Sophie has plenty to contend with without an architect who puts his foot in it every time he opens his mouth.
She will have to face the past and learn some uncomfortable home truths before she can finally build a future on her own terms.
My Book Review:
A failed romance and an unexpected inheritance will change one British thirty-something woman's life ...
In her debut novel Conditional Love, author Cathy Bramley weaves a lighthearted tale that follows Sophie Stone's journey of self-discovery and finding happiness.
Thirty-two year old Sophie Stone feels like her life is stuck in a rut: she works at a dead end newspaper job; lives in a flat with her two best friends, sisters Jess and Em; laments about her dormant dream of becoming an interior designer; and has a boyfriend named Marc who walks all over her, and she lets him! Sophie expected Marc to propose to her on Valentine's Day, only to get dumped. A mysterious letter arrives notifying Sophie that her Great Aunt Jane Kennedy has died, a woman she never knew existed. Sophie has inherited her great aunt's cottage and money, on one condition – that she meet her estranged dad, whom she’s never met.
Sophie gets a chance at realizing her dream of becoming an interior designer when she plans to renovate the cottage, and a second chance at romance when she meets an architect named Nick. Sophie embarks on a journey of self-discovery: she has choices and decisions to make, past family issues to face, and a chance to find love and happiness.
Conditional Love is a British Chick Lit story that has just the right mixture of drama, humor, and romance that makes it a delightful and fun read. It is a story about life lessons, growing into one's own person, and finding happiness in life.
Written in the first person narrative, the reader can't help but get drawn into Sophie's life, her unexpected journey will change her life in ways that she never could have imagined. The author infuses the story with her British wit, humor and dialect, creating a tale filled with quirky characters; intriguing past family issues; romance drama; and enough twists and turns that will make you laugh, groan, and cheer Sophie on as she finally comes into her own, and finds a place to call home!
If you're looking for a fast-paced enjoyable romantic comedy, then look no further, Conditional Love is the book for you!
RATING: 4 STARS
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