I’m delighted to be helping with the blog tour for the much anticipated release – Dear Darling by Ellen Faith.
‘I’m 30 years old and sat celebrating with a greasy pizza and a bottle of cheap plonk.’ On her 30th birthday, Ellie Darling decides that it’s time to start a diary. Mainly as a reminder for when she’s old and living with cats that she once had a life that wasn’t all bad. Even if it was one where at 30 years of age, she still refused to spend that extra £3 on the good wine instead of chocolate.
But when the only proposal she gets from her boyfriend on Valentine’s Day is that of a threesome, she decides that enough is enough! With a new, improved job as Personal Assistant to one of the most feared Partners at her law firm – one that she doesn’t seem to be able to stop dreaming about – Ellie decides that this will be her year. And if she has to run errands for her boss’ neurotic Russian girlfriend or drag her best friend to a sponsored cycle with her now gay first love, then so be it.
Thank you to Ellen Faith and Chicks That Read for providing me with a copy ofthe book and for letting me be a part of the blog tour for the upcoming release of Dear Darling by Ellen Faith.
I should first admit that I have not read Ellen Faith’s earlier offerings (although Learn to Love Again is waiting patiently on my Kindle!) and, as such, I was hugely excited to read Dear Darling. I love to try a new author, particularly one with such great reviews for her earlier release!
My first thought was that I really enjoyed Ellen’s style of writing. I felt totally immersed in the story from the first page until the last. I finished the book in only two sittings as I simply could not bring myself to put it down. The story moved a long at a decent pace and was packed full to the brim. I loved the diary style of the book as it really allows us to hear Ellie’s thoughts.
With regards to the characters, Ellie Darling is a great lead character! She is witty, sarcastic, realistic and has a great relationship with her thoroughly entertaining friends, Hannah and Gina. I could easily imagine myself sitting with my friends having similar conversations over a few glasses of vino. The girls’ friendship is great to read about. Ellie is in a bit of a rut. She is in a deadend relationship with someone who is, quite frankly, a bit of an idiot. She lives in a grotty apartment and is frequently bothered by clients of the former inhabitant – a call girl! Life really isn’t going well for her. Something needs to change. When Ellie and her boyfriend break up on Valentine’s Day, that becomes the catalyst to Ellie jumping back into the dating scene.
Enter Ellie’s new boss, Adam Donley. What can I say except, if only we all had bosses who look like him…. I was drawn to his cold and distant character, knowing that there would be something more interesting underneath. Obviously, his general hunkiness also made him pretty appealing 😉 The only hurdle for Ellie comes courtesy of his bonkers Russian girlfriend, Saskia. However, Ellie and Adam have a chemistry that is difficult to ignore. Will they… won’t they… You’ll have to read the book to find out!
To summarise, this is a great story that did not leave me disappointed. It had drama, comedy, romance, friendship…. what more could I want in a book?! Definitely a recommended read.
I have not been able to find an Amazon link as yet, but I’ll update this review once I’ve found it!
About the Author
Ellen lives in the wonderful county of Yorkshire, England with her husband where she spends most of her time with her nose in her laptop, a book or plate of food.
Legal secretary and daydreamer by day, writer and serial tweeter by night, Ellen finally decided to put all the magic in her head to some use one day and put finger to laptop where The Story of Us was born and became her debut novel. Four novels later, the daydreams are still going strong, thankfully!
She loves to travel and enjoys taking her readers on a journey to escape with her, in whatever country or village she decides on next.