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Friday, March 30, 2018

The A–Z of Everything by Debbie Johnson - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Andrea has two daughters, Rose and Poppy. They used to be best friends, but something awful happened and this heartbreaking event caused an irreparable rift between them. They haven't seen each other in years and don't even want to be in the same room for one minute. It breaks Andrea's heart that her daughters can't make amends. Andrea is an actress and now that she knows she's dying she uses her abilities for one last performance, she's going to bring her daughters back together. She leaves them the A-Z of Everything. Will Andrea be able to make her daughters see sense?

Rose and Poppy love their mother very much, but their fight has made it impossible for Andrea to spend time with her entire family. They used to have so much fun together and Andrea's last wish is for her daughters to have their closeness back, to be sisters again. With a little help she's trying to achieve something that seems almost impossible before she dies, so her daughters have a chance at happiness afterwards. She leaves them behind with a lot to think and talk about. Will Rose and Poppy make her last wish come true?

The A-Z of Everything is a beautiful emotional story. Andrea is a wonderful mother. She has a warm and loving personality and she is willing to do anything for her daughters. This special woman makes the story sparkle. Even while she's dying she's still vibrant and alluring, she shines until the very last moment, which is something I greatly admired about her. I loved how strong and gorgeous her character is. The same can't be said for her daughters, they let grief and jealousy ruin their lives. Rose is a kindhearted mother, but she's let herself go. She doesn't dream, she doesn't have any plans for the future and she doesn't care about her appearance. I felt sad because of everything she denies herself. Poppy leads an empty life filled with pretense. She's erased her personality and she might look sleek and put together, but she feels empty inside. Debbie Johnson describes their pain and their choices in a fantastic poignant and understanding way. Rose and Poppy are both amazing people, they've just lost sight of what's important. Because of Andrea's A-Z of Everything they are being put on the right track again, which is a fantastic topic for a story.

Debbie Johnson's heartwarming writing style made me love The A-Z of Everything from the start. I'm a big fan of stories about sisters and this is such a great one, she perfectly captures what makes family so important. Andrea and her daughters are hurt and damaged and it's time to heal, which is being done in an impressive and compelling way. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out if Andrea's plan would actually work and if Rose and Poppy would be able to forgive. Debbie Johnson writes about life, death and living with honesty and empathy. I had tears in my eyes, hope in my heart and a smile on my face while reading this book. The A-Z of Everything is a terrific moving story.

Advice

If you love moving stories about sisters The A-Z of Everything is an absolute must-read.

About Debbie Johnson


Debbie Johnson is an award-winning author who lives and works in Liverpool, where she divides her time between writing, caring for a small tribe of children and animals, and not doing the housework. She writes romance, fantasy and crime, which is as confusing as it sounds!

Her best-selling books for HarperCollins include The Birthday That Changed Everything, Summer at the Comfort Food Café, Christmas at the Comfort Food Café, Cold Feet at Christmas, and Pippa's Cornish Dream.

Debbie also writes urban fantasy, set in modern day Liverpool. Dark Vision and the follow-up Dark Touch are published by Del Rey UK, and earned her the title 'a Liverpudlian Charlaine Harris' from the Guardian.

Links

Website // Facebook // Twitter

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love For Books will receive a paperback copy of The A–Z of Everything by Debbie Johnson.

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29 comments:

  1. Big fan of Debbie. I really enjoy reading Summer at the Comfort Food Café.

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  2. The A–Z of Everything sounds like a thoughtful, poignant story full of laugh out loud moments and lovely, well-rounded characters dealing with sadness and grief in an acutely observed way.

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  3. The cover's great and it sounds quite affecting with the dying mother!

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  4. What a touching and emotional plot - sounds like a wonderfully heartwarming read!

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  5. Love Debbie’s books. Can’t wait to read 😀

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  6. can't wait to have a read of this, haven't read this author before xx

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  7. I've read one of Debbie's books before - towards the end of last year - and would love to read this one.

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  8. A new author to me! Thanks Debbie .
    Jan

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  9. Thanks so much love great writers.

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  10. Sounds like such a sweet, emotional read!

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  11. It sounds like a touching story.

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  12. I had never heard of this author before, but this book sounds amazing. I will buy it even if I don't win :-)

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  13. This sound so uplifting and freeing. Both girls need help not just to love each other again but to realise what they want from their own lives. Wonderful!

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  14. I hope Rose & Poppy are able to repair their relationship.

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  15. Debbie this sounds like a perfect read to get my empathy and tear ducts flowing.

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  16. I have two daughters, they're really close. This sounds like a great book.

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  17. Debbie, this sounds like a wonderful book. Women have such complicated relationships with one another, including their relationship with themselves. The bond between mothers and daughters are also fraught with their own complications. This sounds like it offers some beautiful and inspiring insights.

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  18. I do have a sister and we're pretty close. It would be amazing to see what's the story about.

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  19. Really looking forward to reading this!

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  20. amazing!
    twitter:@Vasiliki9280

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  21. Looks like a great book, would love to read!!

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  22. I love the Comfort Food Cafe books so I'm sure I would enjoy this one too.

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  23. This sounds like a great book to curl up under the sun with!

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  24. Thanks for the great book prize and for running the competition.

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  25. So looking forward to reading the book! thank you

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