Last year I was lucky enough to be on the blog tour for Billy and Me, so today it is with much excitement that I share with you my stop on the You’re The One That I Want blog tour.
A huge thank you to both Giovanna and Katie at Penguin for allowing me to be part of this incredible tour, providing the exclusive content and a copy of the book to review.
Every stop on the tour is describing the wedding featured within the book.
I am pleased to share with you my exclusive content and review:
Even though trees have played a huge part of the wedding theme so far (with the venue and the cake), there’d still be the need for gorgeous flowers to accompany it all and make it super romantic. Maddy may not know the difference between a rose and a carnation, but she knows what looks good thanks to her photography and having an eye for detail – and that’s what would persuade her to go for just one type of bloom… a deep red rose called ‘Black Magic’ – super luxurious with a velvety texture.
To accompany her elegant wedding dress, Maddy’s bouquet would consist of a dozen of these roses in bloom, all tied together in a hemisphere-like shape – the bridesmaids would have a smaller version of the same arrangement.
With regards to the venue’s flowers (and in-keeping with the theme created already), the flower arrangements would have a slight twist, in that they’d be spiralling up small trees or wooden logs. Here the arrangements are freer than the structured bouquets, they’re loose and scattered over the wooden structures, their beauty amplified by the bark and the twinkling candles hanging from the trees’ branches.
A new novel from the author of Billy and Me about love and the unbreakable bonds of friendship.
Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob – the man she’s about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben – best man and the best friend any two people ever had.
And that’s the problem.
Because if it wasn’t Rob waiting for her at the altar, there’s a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?
Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it…
Last year Giovanni Fletcher wowed us with her sensational debut ‘Billy and Me’ and now she’s back with an incredible story that had me falling in love within pages!
The story follows three friends affectionately known as ‘The Tripod’. Maddy, Robert and Ben have been friends since childhood and it’s via the narratives of both Maddy and Ben that their story is told.
Looking back over the years we follow the three of them from their first meeting at nine years old to Maddy’s wedding at age twenty six!
Giovanna Fletcher writes with such passion and descriptiveness, that the reader is pulled imagination first into the pages.
I felt every happy moment, every heartache and every memory the trio shared.
There are times in the story where I really felt for Maddy, you could feel her heart being pulled in different directions.
It was these times that I was glad she had Pearl to confide in, someone outside of their group who could take in everything that was being said.
Ben and Robert are both fantastic characters, there is no denying how much they both love Maddy, even if at times they both cause her heartache.
The truth is all three of them are flawed and that’s what makes them real, through both narratives you develop a real sense of all the characters and although Robert doesn’t share in the narrative, through his phone calls and communication with both Maddy and Ben, it’s as if he is sharing as well!
Yes the story explores a love triangle but ultimately it is so much more, it’s a story of friendship that is rooted deep at the core, it explores the relationship of three people who cannot live without each other.
What I loved most about this story is the exploration of timings. There are two ways of reading this message, you could come out of it preaching Carpe Diem, or look at it as though the universe is waiting for you to become the person it knows you can be.
The whole story is beautiful in it’s telling but the last few chapters are superb, the way in which the characters speak to the reader left me teary, the truth and emotion were felt throughout!