You Only Live Once by Maxine Morrey @rararesources #BlogTour #Review #20BooksofSummer22 (3/20)

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for You Only Live Once by Maxine Morrey as part of the blog tour today. This is also my third review for the 20 Books of Summer Challenge. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour. Also thank you to the author and publisher for my copy via Netgalley. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

When Lily’s husband dies, she moves to the edge of a tiny village, settling into a solitary life, her only real company her brother and his family. A quiet life becomes her safe space, with no risk of getting hurt.

When her brother offers her spare room to his oldest friend, Jack, Lily’s reluctant – but knowing how much she owes her family, can’t say no.

A lodger takes some getting used to but to her surprise, Lily begins to enjoy Jack’s company. Slowly but surely, Jack encourages Lily to step outside her comfort zone.

But taking risks means facing the consequences, and telling people how she really feels, means Lily might have to face losing them. But as the saying goes – you only live once – and being brave could mean Lily gets a second chance at love…

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Oh, this book brought tears to my eyes but also a heartwarming feel to my heart! The plot moves at a lovely pace and I loved seeing the friendship between Lily and Jack grow. They not only had a wonderful chemistry between them but they had a solid foundation of friendship too. I couldn’t help but root for them.

Grief is a big theme and for the main character in particular. I instantly felt for her and the situation she was in. However it was heartwarming to see Lily begin to take vital small steps that brought her out of her comfort zone. I loved how Lily’s family and Jack were right there beside her to reassure and bring love and encouragement Lily’s way. Oh and a certain cute dog that also stole my attention!

There is always a lovely charm to Maxine Morrey’s stories and You Only Live Once was another wonderful example of this. Within the pages of this book you get to experience a fabulous combination of friendships, family and romance. You Only Live Once is the perfect escape from everyday life!

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Maxine Morrey is a bestselling romantic comedy author with twelve books to her name including #NoFilter and Things Are Looking Up. She lives in Dorset.

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