I’m so happy to be kicking off the blog tour for Reach for the Stars with my wonderful friend Keisha from The Writing Garnet! A big hug to Bookouture for inviting me to be a part of this and for providing me with an ARC of the book!
Title: Reach for the Stars
Author: Colleen Coleman
Genre: Women fiction
Date of publication: 2017
Number of pages: 240
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ and a half
When Evelyn Dooley married her high-school sweetheart, James, she thought she was set for life. Now she’s twenty-eight, single, and fleeing to Dublin from her hometown to avoid the gossip surrounding their break-up. And all because of a test-your-relationship board game.
This was not in her five-year plan.
Then a chance encounter with gorgeous musician Danny leads to an unlikely friendship, and soon the pair are running music nights together in one of the oldest pubs in Dublin. For the first time Evelyn is following her dreams rather than someone else’s – and sparks are beginning to fly between her and Danny…
But when her savings run out and home beckons, Evelyn has to choose. The safe, comfortable life she left behind, or a new adventure with Danny? Will Evelyn flee back to the familiarity of her ex, or reach for the stars and take a leap into the unknown?
A laugh-out-loud, feel-good story of friendship, second chances, and romance, perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Lindsey Kelk and Marian Keyes.
Reach for the stars. I couldn’t have picked a better title for this new scholar year and my personal life. But I did not want a heavy and moralistic story about how you better give life all you have and not think of anything else. I wanted laughs, dreams, and a nice kick in the butt to remind myself everything is possible.
That’s what this story does.
Evelyn is not thirty yet, but she has been leading the life of a boring suburban married woman hooked on 50 Shades of Grey (no attack whatsoever meant here against anyone!). She did what I did for 25 years: she followed her parents’ advice, she found a steady job, she got married, she wanted a kid, she had the next 50 years planned in a routine. And she thought that was what she wanted… Until it wasn’t.
I loved how Evelyn woke up. It was not easy “let’s pack and go”. It’s hard to let go of the perception others have of you, the perception you end up having of yourself and of the persona you created to comply to others’ needs. Reach for the Stars shows you it’s hard to free yourself from the shackles of your comfort zone to just become the person you were supposed to be without any pressure coming from all over the place.
Evelyn’s journey is relatable because it’s full of doubts, of what makes us settle for less, of “what ifs”. She takes a step away from who she had to become and the freedom was liberating for both of us! I know what it’s like to feel the need to fit and do what is “right”. But your right is to be happy, be crazy, find your way, and enjoy the ride, with every emotion it may bring!
Because it’s in the darkness that we can find ourselves shining most brightly.
The main character’s development is wrapped up in Dublin’s history and streets. I’ve never been to Ireland but gosh do I want to! The old pub, the old stories, the music… I was there, taking in the rain and the sun in people’s eyes. Evelyn is also surrounded by love and warmth. You know me, romance and I don’t go along so well. Still, little details, small happiness coming from the heart filled me with joy and made me believe gentlemen still existed. A round of Dubliners, a pint, and a guitar, and I was home. I might not have found the humor there was in the previous book I read from the author, but Reach for the Stars has the power to make you believe again, in life and in yourself, and in these days, I think we all need a good cheering up and a happy story.
Reach for the stars is a story about starting over. Or maybe finding the strength to begin at all. Heart-warming, cute, and full of hope, this is a feel-good story to read with your favorite tea and blanket!
Colleen Coleman is an Irish-Canadian novelist. She is the winner of the much-coveted Novelicious Undiscovered People’s Choice Award launched to find the next ‘chick-lit star’. She spent over ten years working as a teacher of English and Philosophy before finally taking a deep breath, scrunching her eyes shut, putting her pen to paper and vowing not to lift it again until she wrote the words The End. As a result, her first novel was born. Colleen lives between London, Ireland and Cyprus with her very patient husband and very, very chatty twin daughters. Don’t Stop Me Now, her first book was released in March 2017.
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