Wednesday, 7 July 2021

A Day That Changed Everything - Beth Moran

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Book: A Day That Changed Everything/How Not To Be A Loser
Author: Beth Moran
Genres: Chick Lit, Romance
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 24th March 2020

My Rating: 🌕🌕🌕🌜
Date Finished: 6th July 2021

Description:

Amy Piper is a loser. She’s lost her confidence, her mojo and her way.

But one thing she has never lost is her total love for her thirteen-year-old son Joey, and for his sake she knows it’s time for a change. But first she has to be brave enough to leave the house…

What she needs are friends and an adventure. And when she joins a running group of women who call themselves The Larks, she finds both. Not to mention their inspiring (and rather handsome) coach, Nathan.

Once upon a time Amy was a winner - at life, at sport and in love. Now, with every ounce of strength she has left, she is determined to reclaim the life she had, for herself and for Joey. And who knows, she might just be a winner again – at life, sport, and love, if she looks in the right places…

Review:

I picked this up from my favourite book store - The Works.

This starts with Amy struggling with her agoraphobia while her thirteen year old son is invited to trial for a swimming team. She's never seen him swim, only on videos that her old coach and friend Cee-Cee has filmed over the years. But she wants to be there for him and to do that, she needs to overcome her fears and comes up with a plan - The Stop Being A Loser Programme. Feeling most comfortable leaving the house in the dark she decides to take up jogging in the early mornings, not expecting to run into anyone. Only she keeps running into the same man, Nathan, on her runs - and it also turns out he's her sons new coach for the swimming team - as well as a personal trainer and leader of the local running club, the Larkabouts.

I'll admit I wasn't sure what to expect from this. Chick Lit is not always a hit for me. I've only found a handful of authors whose books I've enjoyed but I like to branch out occasionally to try and find more. 

This hit a chord with me early on but I honestly couldn't tell you what it was about it. I just grew mesmerised by this poor mum who wanted to be there for her son but couldn't bring herself to even leave the house after the events of her past. It was nice watching Amy overcome all her issues with the help of Nathan and a few other close friends she meets after joining the Larks.

The romance between her and Nathan was slow and sweet but I kind of missed out on more of them romantically. I think the only kiss they shared was on the last page but you could tell they wanted to try and be together a little before them.

I also liked that this is set locally to me - or near enough, anyway. I live closer to Sheffield than Nottingham but Ponds Forge even gets a mention which is about a twenty minute car ride away. I like how the author wrote in the local dialect as well. It was quite fun, actually, as most of the books I read are set in America.

I will be keeping my eyes open for more of this authors books in the future.

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