Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Welcome To Your Life by Bethany Rutter

“Hiding out in a branch of Harvester on a roundabout, a huge glass of wine in one hand and one of those long ice-cream spoons in the other, is not how I thought I would be spending my wedding day.” 

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Number of Pages: 336

Date of Publication: 31 March 2022

Publisher: HarperCollins

Rated: 5/5

My Review Summary: An entertaining and uplifting read

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

Heart-warming, hilarious and unputdownable. You won’t want to miss this year’s stand out romantic comedy that’s perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane.

Serena Mills should be at her wedding.

Instead, she’s eating an ice cream sundae and drinking an obscenely large glass of wine in a Harvester off the M25.

Everyone thinks she’s gone mad. She’s jilted the man everyone told her she was ‘so lucky’ to find.

But Serena wants to find love. A love she deserves – not one she should just feel grateful for.

So, she escapes to the big city and sets herself a challenge:

52 weeks.

52 dates.

52 chances to find love.

Easy, right?

💭THOUGHTS💭  

I was excited to read this book when I saw the cover and the blurb. I am always on the lookout for light rom coms, especially as I am also a fan of Murder Mystery/Thriller and sometimes need to switch it up a bit! 

The writing was light and easy to read. I was completely taken in and loved being on the journey with the main character. The narration was chatty and made me feel involved. There was a lot of storytelling so you were able to see the characters thoughts and feelings. There was a good mix of conversation with the storytelling, which helped to give you a well rounded picture of the character and what was happening in the story. 

In terms of the conversations between the characters, they weren’t always spoken. Some of the conversations were texts. I enjoyed this style of writing and thought that it added an extra layer to the story. It brought it up to date and made the characters feel more real. 

I also liked the way that the record of the main character’s dates were set out. There was the number of the date, a place, a name and a funny nickname which summed up what the date was going to be like. It was very amusing and lightened the book.  

One thing that I wasn’t so keen on was the amount of swearing in it. I’m used to the odd swear word, but there was a lot at some points which I didn’t think was necessary. Having said that it didn’t stop me enjoying the story. 

The chapters weren’t overly long, but they were enough to get you engrossed in what was happening before moving on. The chapters were sometimes split, which made them a bit longer and allowed for more of the story at that particular time to be explored. The book had a good pace to it and kept my interest throughout. 

There were some big issues explored which I wasn’t expecting, but they were addressed in such a sensitive and supportive manner that I enjoyed reading about them through the eyes of this main character. With regards to the supportive manner, I loved the relationships between the main character and her two friends. The love and support for each other shone through and it was lovely to read about. 

Some of the characters weren’t so endearing, but that added something to the story. Without them you wouldn’t feel for the main character in the same way. I was really rooting for her to have a happy ending. 

Lastly the settings. I love a book set in London. It’s an hour’s train ride away from me, but there is still something magical about a book being set near (ish!) to where you live. The individual settings weren’t heavily described, but there was enough to give you a good idea of where the characters were. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book. I loved following the main character on her journey, watching her grow from a shy and unconfident person to someone who blossomed and glowed. I particularly enjoyed reading about the support from her friends and how they helped the main character discover herself. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a light, uplifting read. 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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