It’s My Birthday by Hannah Pearl (Book Review)

It’s My Birthday by Hannah Pearl

Today I am joining the Blog Tour for It’s My Birthday by Hannah Pearl.

Huge thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources, NetGalley and Ruby Fiction for providing a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.

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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 Thoughts

Karen is recovering from the break up of her marriage and not in the mood for a 40th birthday party. However, she gives in to her best friend and decides to put on a brave face and celebrate the occasion to get out of her comfort zone. Her confidence is thrown further when it appears that most of the partygoers have been cajoled into attending by the offer of a free meal.

By sheer chance, Elliot is also in the restaurant celebrating his birthday. He is there with daughter Sophie and they soon get chatting with Karen. Very quickly, a relationship forms between Karen and Elliot, but her past threatens to become an issue in this partnership too.

A very easy read with likeable characters. I really enjoyed the relationship between father and daughter. Sophie’s confidence shone out and I loved how she just wanted her father to be happy. Elliott came over as a total gentleman, just what Karen needed at this time in her life and I was desperate for a happy ending.

A great mix of both sad and happy times with a few serious subjects featured. Karen’s desire for a child comes through strongly and I think readers will find her a relatable and realistic main character.

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Author Bio –

 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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