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#Blog Tour #Book Review #Someone Else’s Honeymoon by Phoebe MacLeod @rararesources @Boldwood Books

Today I’m delighted to participate in the blog tour for Someone Else’s Honeymoon by Phoebe MacLeod.

Someone Else’s Honeymoon

When Charley finds herself suddenly single on Christmas Day it feels like her world has fallen apart.

Forced to move back in with her parents, she embarks on a journey of re-invention. When she meets Ed, who is on honeymoon alone after being jilted at the altar by a bride he’s never met, it looks like her life may be taking a turn for the better.

Fate, however, has other ideas, and she and Ed are forced apart.

Will she find her way back to him, or are they just not meant to be?

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My thoughts:

Someone Else’s Honeymoon is a very light and quick summer read about re-inventing oneself and finding joy and romance after a break-up.

Charley (Charlotte for her Dad, Lottie or Lots for her nieces, Charley for almost enyone else) gets a nasty surprise at Christmas -her long-term boyfriend breaks up with her, which means she also needs to find a place to stay as soon as possible. However much heartbreak losing a ten-year-old relationship may have caused Charley, the truth is she was very unhappy and had been suppressing her real feelings and desires to avoid conflict.

Now Charley is suddenly single ….and free to change her life. Luckily, she has a great system of support- her feisty bestie Madison, her colleagues, and, course, her parents, who are happy to let her stay with them for as long as she wants. They even invite her to go with them on a holiday to Antigua, and, well…who can resist an offer like this? Charley is willing to embrace all this new life and new experiences that come with it and that includes a holiday romance which turns into something more serious! If you’re a fan of reality TV (‘Married at First Sight’ to be more precise), you’ll love her new love interest and all the drama this chance meeting brings into Charley’s life!

The plot focused so much on Charley’s self-reinvention that the romance took the second place (we don’t even meet Ed in the first 40% of the book) and I didn’t really mind. It was more about selling the idea of ‘There’s life after the end of a very unfulfilling relationship and this life can be very good, just believe in yourself’. Charley needs to take care of herself, something she has been neglecting for a long time, before she can have her happily-ever-after.

There’s a lot of detail- some of it seems excessive, some you might recognise from your own life experience if you have gone through something similar. personally, I loved the resort and all the extra activities Charley (and Ed) tried. I wasn’t sold on the romance or Ed himself (too good to be true?), but the rest was fun.

If you are looking for a quick beach read with a focus on self-love and without too much drama, Someone Else’s Honeymoon is a good fit. Sunshine, water-skiing, massages…the works!

Thank you to NetGalley and Boldwood Books for the review copy, provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

Author Bio –

Phoebe MacLeod is the author of several popular laugh-out-loud romantic comedies. She mainly sets her books in her home county of Kent and her first new title for Boldwood will be published in November 2022. They will also be republishing her existing titles from August this year.

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