Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Blog Tour: Review of The A - Z of Everything by Debbie Johnson

The bit on the back...

Twenty-six chances to find their way back to each other…

P is for Paris where it all began. J is for Jealousy where it all came undone. But the most important letter is F. F is for Forgiveness, the hardest of all.

Sisters Poppy and Rose used to be as close as two sisters could be, but it’s been over a decade since they last spoke. Until they both receive a call that tells them their mother has gone – without ever having the chance to see her daughters reunited.

Andrea, though, wasn’t the kind of woman to let a little thing like death stand in the way of her plans. Knowing her daughters better than they know themselves, she has left behind one very special last gift – the A-Z of Everything.

Firstly thank you to Harper Collins for the review copy of this title and for the opportunity to feature on the blog tour today! This is the third piece of work from Debbie that I've read and I can safely say that it is up to the usual standard - if not slightly over taking that high par!

The story is all about two sisters Poppy and Rose. The pair are estranged and in her death, their mother hopes that they will be able to overcome their differences and reunite. The story starts off with Andrea explaining what the A-Z of Everything is and the rest of the story unfolds from there. Without giving too much away, something has happened to cause this gigantic rift between the sisters. It's a rift that has affected them much more than either possibly dares to let on and it's not only affected them emotionally it's affected their lives, their mother and in Rose's case her son. The passing of their mother is only the beginning in the reunion of Poppy and Rose.

Poppy is a super organised marketing guru with a life in the city, chasing younger men and living life to the full. On the outside anyway. On the inside she's as empty as her coffee tin. Rose, on the other hand, has filled her life with her son and while the family she has forged for herself is somewhat different than she planned, and while her career aspirations have dwindled, she at least has the pretense of a fulfilled life. What neither sister recognises, or will willingly admit to themselves at least, is the gaping hole their rift has left in their life.

The A-Z of Everything is basically an adventure that Andrea has left for both sisters in an attempt to reunite them, to have them forgive each other and to forge a path for the future where they're both in each other's lives. The story starts out as sad, as you would expect from the storyline itself, however it takes you on an emotional journey of discovery, reflection and forgiveness.

I think, as always with Debbie's novels, there are many depths to this novel. Depending on your own state of mind you will take away something different from it. I was on an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish and I'd reckon you will definitely need tissues however at times you will definitely be laughing.

While the story is largely focused on the relationship between Poppy and Rose there are some glimpses of romance in there too. If you enjoy Carmel Harrington & Paige Toon you will enjoy Debbie's novels.

Make sure to check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour too! 

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