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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

A Song for Tomorrow by Alice Peterson

Tom fell in love with Alice the moment he saw her. He realises that being with her will not be easy, but she is a force of nature, a burst of sunlight in his otherwise ordinary world.

Some people might look at Alice and think she has everything, but Alice knows she is not like other women. Her life is complicated, unpredictable, difficult. Alice does not like pity. All she wants to do, has ever wanted to do, is sing.

Alice has been told not to follow her dreams. So has Tom. But when fate has already dealt a tough hand, it’s time to stop listening to everyone else and only follow their hearts.

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Title:         A song for Tomorrow
Author:    Alice Peterson
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 9th Feb 2017
Links: UK: Amazon   US: Amazon

Our Review

A beautiful story inspired by the life of Alice Martineau.
Alice was born with cystic fibrosis and this book describes in detail how the illness affected her day to day life and the lives of her close family.
Alice had always wanted to be a singer. But thanks to an obnoxious girl at school telling her she wouldn't live long enough to make it and an uncaring music teacher who stifled her ambition, she had long since given up on that idea and hadn't even confided in her mother or hospital consultant about her dreams.
After having a little success as a model she eventually found it too much of a strain to rush about to all the casting calls only to be turned away. She then decided to follow her original dream of becoming a singer/songwriter.

The story is told at a gentle pace and follows Alice's daily struggle just to stay alive whilst constantly fighting off infections. The main thing that shines through this story is her unwavering determination to achieve her dream. She is such an inspiring person and very lovable.
Her boyfriend Tom and her parents very understandably wanted to wrap her up in cotton wool to keep her safe and whilst she appreciated that she also fought against it too as she has decided that while she had a life she wanted to live it as fully as she could.
I loved the relationships she had with her brother and her parents they were a very close knit and protective family and they supported her as much as possible.
The description of her meeting Tom and their subsequent relationship was very loving and realistic. Especially the ups and downs they suffered when Tom was unsure of whether he was strong enough to cope with the life they would have together.

Alice has lots of friends too such as Cat who had always been there for her since they were little and Susie and Milly who both suffered with cystic fibrosis and along with Alice had rebelliously formed an anti support group. Their relationship was perfect because they each knew what the other was going through and could provide support for each other that they couldn't really get from anywhere else.

I think the author has managed to tell Alice's story beautifully whilst sensitively raising awareness of the devastating effect that cystic fibrosis has on the lives of those who suffer with such a debilitating condition and on their families.

It's a heartbreaking story yet full of hope, strength, love and determination.

Sincerely
Book Angel x

About the Author


I have published two non-fiction books, and eight novels, including the bestselling title, Monday to Friday Man. My latest novel, A Song for Tomorrow, published by Simon & Schuster, will be released in paperback 9th February 2017.

My writing is funny, romantic, powerful and emotional. At the heart of each novel is a love story but what I hope makes me truly stand out in my genre is my talent to write hard-hitting and thought-provoking themes within my storylines – such as addiction and disability. My protagonists often have to overcome adversity, based on my own experience of a professional tennis career cut short at the age of 18 when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I have never played tennis again, a sadness that will always be with me, but I have very much filled that void with writing. I am very much drawn to true stories and aim to write with deep compassion, empathy and humour about issues that resonate with my growing readership and that have the potential of reaching and touching millions more.

I live in west London with my handsome Lucas Terrier, Mr Darcy.


7 comments:

  1. Great review, sounds like a lovely book, I would love to read it

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    1. Hi Andrea
      Can you please send me your address as I managed to find another copy so you have both won the book.
      Well done
      Annette X

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    2. Thank you very much, do you have an email address to send it to?

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  2. Everyone is raving about this book. Love your review defo on my TBR list

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  3. I'm not commenting for a chance to win a copy - just wanted to say a big thank you for a lovely review!

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