Today is the day of my blog tour review for Richard Roper’s debut novel Something To Live For, that is due to be published in various formats on the 27th of June. You can pre – order your copy, whether for your kindle or physical shelf here! The paperback won’t be out until next year, but the hardback is glorious! Thanks to Tracy for having me on-board the tour, as well as Orion Publishing for the proof copy of this excellent read, so I could read and review prior to the tour.
Sometimes you have to risk everything to find your something…
All Andrew wants is to be normal. He has the perfect wife and 2.4 children waiting at home for him after a long day. At least, that’s what he’s told people.
The truth is, his life isn’t exactly as people think and his little white lie is about to catch up with him.
Because in all Andrew’s efforts to fit in, he’s forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it’s about time for him to start.
Richard has delivered a cracking debut novel that it full of humanity, friendship and hope. We are sucked into the narrative initially by the male protagonist, Andrew, who can only be described as a lovable loner who works within the death department of the council. His responsibilities include going to the homes of deceased individuals who may or may not have any family in hunt for evidence of the deceased money situation. Andrew, the kind hearted soul takes things to a whole new level and goes to the funerals. I love him, his characterization is developed so unbelievably well that he snuggles his way into your heart! The themes of the storyline, very much revolves around love, loss and hope, most of though, the moral of “Sometimes the smallest of gestures can be the most meaningful.”
This at times solemn read, is speckled with hilarity and heart swooning moments. Something To Live For will have you tucked up in a bubble, ignoring the world outside and being captivatingly absorbed into the world of Richard’s writing. The visualisation and emotion squeezed into is naturally pulling to the heart strings, while making you all fuzzily warm around the edges. Richard also touches on some real life themes, such as abandonment and betrayal that feels real not fictional.
Everyone loves an emotional rollercoaster read. Something To Live For is a poignantly beautiful novel that teaches its readers that there is never a time limit on when you can start living your life, it’s a story about unexpected importance of friendships and personal development. I am very much looking forward to reading Richard’s future work, if Something To Live For is anything to go by, they’re going to be just as amazing!
Thank you again to Tracy and Orion Books for having me on this blog tour, you should all check out the other blog posts from some great bloggers also taking part in this tour!