#bookreview: White Lies and Wishes by Cathy Bramley 

About the book…

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi / Transworld Publishers
Published: 26th January 2017
Pages: 384 Pages

The Blurb
What happens when what you wish for is only half the story…?

Flirtatious, straight-talking Jo Gold says she’s got no time for love; she’s determined to save her family’s failing footwear business.

New mother Sarah Hudson has cut short her maternity leave to return to work. She says she’ll do whatever it takes to make partner at the accountancy firm.

Bored, over-eating housewife Carrie Radley says she just wants to shift the pounds – she’d love to finally wear a bikini in public.

The unlikely trio meet by chance one winter’s day, and in a moment of ‘Carpe Diem’ madness, embark on a mission to make their wishes come true by September.

Easy. At least it would be, if they hadn’t been just the teensiest bit stingy with the truth…

With hidden issues, hidden talents, and hidden demons to overcome, new friends Jo, Carrie and Sarah must admit to what they really, really want, if they are ever to get their happy endings.

Pre-order the book: Amazon UK | Book Depository

The Review

I’m incredibly lucky to be able to read White Lies and Wishes before publication date, thank you for the opportunity! I know I’m reviewing a month and a bit in advance, but don’t fret I’ll post in January and remind you just how good this book is!

Three ladies, Sarah, Jo and Carrie, meet at a funeral, where they unexpectedly decide that they want to create a wish list of all the things they hope to achieve and/or overcome. The unlikeliest friendships start to form where they reveal their innermost thoughts and feelings – but not the secrets.

So, what do they want to achieve?

– Jo wants to the enhance the family shoe business and overcome her fear of heights
– Carrie wants to be able to wear a bikini and show off her body
– Sarah intends to work her socks off and become a partner in the legal firm she works at

Definitely achievable goals; something that I absolutely loved reading about.

White Lies and Wishes highlights strong women and their achievements! Sarah and Jo wanted to go far in their work and I admired them for that. Nowadays people seem to always ask why you’re not in a relationship or why you don’t have children, when to some people it’s not on their agenda and they’re content with their lives. I love Cathy for going against the grain and writing something I was passionate about.

Laced within the novel, there were also situations that made you feel for the characters and want them to succeed in all that they do. Carrie had some very strong demons and although I found her irritating near the beginning, she definitely warmed my heart. All she wanted was to be happy and please everyone else before herself – a great trait to have, but something that needs balance.

The story was highly refreshing and bright, packed with all the right emotions and experiences we’ve all been through once in our lives.

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Published by Clare

Book lover, tea drinker and sushi fiend!

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