Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for The Love of My Other Life by C.J. Connolly as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Zoé at Zooloo’s Book Tours and to the publisher for my copy. This is also book nine of the 20 Books of Summer Challenge. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
Imagine you woke up with the perfect life . . . But it wasn’t yours.
Today is Josie’s 36th birthday.
Josie is a single British woman living in a tiny walk-up in Brooklyn. She misses her family, but her radio show is starting to go places. And sure, she could be a dress size smaller, but no one cares what you look like on the radio. The guy she’s had a crush on for months is finally going to break up with his girlfriend. She hopes.
She’s zipping through traffic on her way to meet her friends for dinner at a SoHo restaurant. There’s a screech of brakes, Josie crashes her bike and her world goes black.
Then something extraordinary happens.
She wakes up in hospital. The handsome stranger by her side, holding her hand and telling her he loves her, is Rob. Her husband of two years. They live in a chic Manhattan penthouse. She works in real estate. And she’s thirty pounds slimmer than when she got on her bike that morning.
Josie has no idea how she got here. This new life is everything she ever wanted. But there’s one very important thing missing . . .
And now she has to decide: should she go back to her old single life in Brooklyn or stay with the love of her nearly perfect new life?
What would you do?
Well, this story had me hooked. From an intriguing premise to interesting characters. There was definitely something special about this story. I’m going to try and be as vague as I can regarding the plot because I would hate to give anything away. I really enjoyed discovering all the little twists and turns in this story for myself without too much prior knowledge.
I will admit it took me a couple of chapters to get a feel for Josie’s character. I really wasn’t quite sure about her at the start. However I thought the author did a wonderful job of teasing out her personality. Within a short period of time I began to see a more likeable and engaging character especially under the difficult circumstances she finds herself in.
The story was easy to follow even when things take unexpected turns. Throughout this book there were a fresh twists on certain storylines that have been created before. So that made it easy to understand what was happening but also gave it an interesting edge. The Love of My Other Life made me think, completely pulled me into the characters lives and had a heartfelt romance at its heart.
CJ Connolly is a writer based in Vancouver, Canada, but hailing originally from the UK. By day, CJ has a career in communications and journalism, with two decades of editing, writing, and marketing experience in the Vancouver and London media and tech industries.
She has also been the host of a real estate-focused talk radio show and has been seen many times reporting on TV and speaking on conference panels.
In her free time – in addition to writing contemporary romance novels – CJ is passionate about singing, and is a member of a vocal group in Vancouver. Although she is happily child-free, the great loves of CJ’s life are her young nephews Oscar and Felix, who live much too far away in Munich, Germany.
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