1 May 2024




Genre ... Romance

Tour Dates ... 1st - 8th May 2024

Publication Date ...  1st May 2024

Standalone Novel

Estimated Word Count ... 350

Publisher Content Warning ... This book contains depictions of alcoholism and discussions of SA are present in the narrative.

A Poignant and Humorous Journey of Self-discovery, Resilience, and Redemption

Once, Julie dreamed of a life filled with love and laughter. Now, in her mid-forties, she faces a starkly different reality. She's single, lonely, and reeling from breaking her hard-earned sobriety in front of her family and friends.

Opting for self-recovery over romance, Julie dives into planning her best friend Kate’s wedding. However, sharing this task with the irritatingly cheerful best man, single dad Luke, proves to be an unexpected challenge.

As Luke’s persistent kindness chips away at her icy exterior, a friendship forms, stirring a longing she’d sworn to suppress. But with self-forgiveness as her biggest hurdle, and her past ready to sabotage her future, can Julie confront the shame and trauma that have darkened so much of her life and find the courage to love again? Or will her demons shatter both her and Luke’s hearts in the process?

Jamie Anderson, author of the hilarious and heartwarming Someone to Kiss, is back with another witty, acerbic, and relatable story. Love, Julie is a richly emotional tale of recovery, forgiveness, and romance that readers have praised for “nailing the humor and snarky nature of our generation.”

Sensitively written and deeper than you might have thought, with the exception of some short 'present day' emails Love, Julie is mainly written in the past. Something that can {and often does} impede the flow of the novel but thankfully the narrative flowed beautifully ... and oh, my goodness, the twist at the end! I didn't see that coming.

As much a tale of self discovery, redemption, resilience, hope and the power of love to overcome as anything else. In Julie, love interest {Luke} and Julie's brother and best friend {Ben and Kate} we have an enjoyable, well penned ensemble. Julie and Luke's journey a wonderful one; her vulnerability and constant self-doubting in stark contrast to his unwavering support making for a wonderful contemporary romance.

Despite the fact that I found some of the dialogue between Julie and Luke a bit, hmm, a bit immature, lacking in self awareness for characters supposedly in their 40's, the very fact that they are more mature than the typical characters found in 'romances', yes, even contemporary ones, made for a refreshing change and was no doubt one of the reasons that I so readily connected with them.

Having enjoyed their first novel, Someone to Kiss, this, their second novel, has proved itself to be every bit as good a read; so much so that, a name to look out for, I live in hope of a third novel.

Jamie Anderson is based in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. A proud Canadian and Saskatchewanian, she wanted to set her first two novels in the place she was born and raised.

She’s been writing for as long as she can remember, and has been reading for longer than that. She lives happily with her mountain of books, her TV and her two plants.


You can read Jamie’s first novel Someone to Kiss here: https://mybook.to/someonetokiss

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With thanks to Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for organising a paper copy. One of several bloggers participating in the Blog Tour of this book, agree or disagree with me, all opinions are my own; no financial compensation was asked for nor given; threats of violence towards my favourite teddy bear went unheeded as did promises of chocolate.

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Kelly said...

Rom-coms are not usually my cup of tea, but I'll keep this one in mind considering your positive review.

nightwingsraven said...

As with "Someone to Kiss", perhaps
I would appreciate this book. And I
will keep it in mind. And thank you
for your excellent review.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Sounds good!