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In the beginning I thought it would be a routine chick-lit syoe with some laughs, some tears, and a happily ever after. But I WAS WRONG. This book was bloody brilliant. It was fun, honest, ethical, and so passionate. I loved the emotions the book pulled out from me.

A whale Martha lost in river Thames died after ingesting 20 kg of plastic. Fiona, the events planner, whose son had left home and husband was sleeping with secretary, found herself remembering her son’s of plastic toy… Found in the stomach of the dead whale. That brought in a flurry of emotions, shock and guilt being the foremost. And a change occurred. A change in the thoughts, a change in the way of being.

The book by Hanna M. Lynn brought out the real social issue of plastic used everywhere in a fictional tale. I loved how the author remained true to the story where it told me how Fiona got her life back, from devastation to hope. A partner walking out produces the most intense pain, I have seen that. So I could identify with the main character.

To see her start living her life again was a joy to me and inspiring. With the backdrop of her event planning company deciding to go eco-friendly, she lost everything, her contacts, business, but she got her life back slowly, sticking to her principles and living in amalgamation with nature, doing her bit to protect environment and animals in it.

I loved everything about this book, the words, the story, the dialogues, the characters, friendships and relationships. OK, I didn’t like that louse of an infidel husband. Him, I could have kicked. But he did evoke my emotions. So I suppose I would let him be and wait for karma to get him

This was Fiona’s story written by Hannah in a captivating way, disguised as a chick-lit but in reality delivering a poignant message, filled with emotions and hope. Truly inspiring. And one of my most unexpected reads.

I received a free ARC from Rachel and the author, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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Hannah Lynn is an award-winning, genre-defying novelist. Publishing her first book, Amendments – a dark, dystopian speculative fiction novel, in 2015, she has since gone on to write The Afterlife of Walter Augustus – a contemporary fiction novel with a supernatural twist – which won the 2018 Kindle Storyteller Award and the delightfully funny and poignant Peas and Carrots series.

While she freely moves between genres, her novels are recognisable for their character driven stories and wonderfully vivid description.

She is currently working on a YA Vampire series and a reimaging of a classic Greek myth.

Born in 1984, Hannah grew up in the Cotswolds, UK. After graduating from university, she spent ten years as a teacher of physics, first in the UK and then around Asia. It was during this time, inspired by the imaginations of the young people she taught, she began writing short stories for children, and later adult fiction Now as a teacher, writer, wife and mother, she is currently living in the Austrian Alps.

With her life on the rocks, it is going to take a whale sized miracle to keep her afloat.

Event planner Fiona Reeves did not have her husband’s sudden departure on her schedule. However, she’s certain that it’s only a hiccup and he’ll be back in no time, begging for forgiveness. Fortunately there’s a distraction of mammoth proportions swimming in the River Thames.

Absorbed by the story of Martha the sperm whale, Fiona attempts to carry on life as usual as she awaits her husband’s return. However, nothing can prepare her for the dramatic turn of events that throw her life into ever greater turmoil. The road ahead has many paths and for Fiona it’s time to sink or swim.

Publication Date: 6th October 2019

13 Responses

  1. I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading your review–kiddie lit or chick lit? Wow, the answer is totally different. The author combined personal issues with eco-issues with business problems with ethics. And it sounds like she had a good storyline to boot. Great review, Shalini!

    1. This was fabulous. On the day of her book release, a whale really was found in Thames river in London, hit head against ship and died after a few days. So it was serendipity

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