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Release Date: 19th March 2019 / Publisher: Ruby Fiction

It’s My Birthday

… I’ll cry if I want to.

Oh boy, another birthday …

Karen could be excused for crying on her birthday, especially as it’s the first one since her husband got on a plane to the States and never came back. Then there’s the fact that her workmates were practically bribed to attend her birthday meal. But when a restaurant double booking leads to her sharing a table with single dad Elliot and his daughter, things start looking up.

As Karen gets to know Elliot she experiences feelings she thought she’d never have again. But is it enough? Or will the thing that destroyed Karen’s previous relationship also ruin things with Elliot?

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My Review

The story introduces us to Karen.  It’s Karen’s birthday and after last year’s birthday when her husband left her, she’s not really looking forward to this one.  Going out for dinner with her less than enthusiastic workmates, she finds herself sharing a table with single dad Elliot and his daughter after a double booking.  Could this year’s birthday finally be looking up?

I really liked this book!  Karen is a great character and it was lovely to have a character who was just that little bit older than a lot of the female leads tend to be in books like this!  Karen has issues which some of us middle age ladies can relate to – she wants children of her own but she is on her own since after her marriage broke up the year before.  These issues are written about so well and with such feeling.  I really felt for Karen and could totally sympathise with her.  Elliot was also a lovely character and the chemistry the two of them was so believable. 

The pace of the book was good and the story flowed really well!  I was easily won over by the end of the first chapter.  My first impressions before I started the book was that it was going to be a humorous chick-lit type book, but whilst it had it’s funny moments, it was also more heart-warming and endearing that I ever thought it was going to be!  Karen and Elliot were perfect together and I was keeping everything crossed that they could work through their situations to have the happy endings that they needed.

This isn’t my first book by this author, and it certainly won’t be my last.  Would definitely recommend this lovely book!

The Author

 Hannah Pearl was born in East London. She is married with two children and now lives in Cambridge.

She has previously worked as a Criminology researcher, as a Development Worker with various charities and even pulled a few pints in her time.

In 2015 she was struck down by Labrynthitis, which left her feeling dizzy and virtually housebound. She has since been diagnosed with ME. Reading has allowed Hannah to escape from the reality of feeling ill. She read upwards of three hundred books during the first year of her illness. When her burgeoning eReader addiction grew to be too expensive, she decided to have a go at writing. In 2017 she won Simon and Schuster’s Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with Heat magazine, for her short story The Last Good Day.

Hannah is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.

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