Today I am delighted to hosting the blog tour for The Coastal Cahoots Club by Victoria Johns
Thirty-year-old Tessa Archer is an emotional eater who is full of self-loathing and lacking confidence – she’s a woman who is desperate to change if only she had the nerve. Her cause isn’t helped by her family whose all-round lack of regard, belief and simple love make her life a whole lot harder. Unable to match up to her ‘perfect’ siblings, a brutal family dinner pushes Tessa to take the first tentative steps towards transformation. Inventing a girls’ weekend away, she plans a short break in Cornwall – alone. It’s a place where she hopes she can feel reinvigorated about life, even if she’s terrified of the prospect. This is a last-ditch attempt to prove to her family that she isn’t the scared, useless ‘lump’ they think she is.
Once in St. Ives, with no expectations or standards to uphold, Tessa finally feels as though she can breathe, and not just because the air is cleaner. She pushes herself to meet new people and finally concentrate on her own life. With the help of the Coastal Cahoots Club, a group of crazy elderly ladies, led by the indomitable Winnie, a new Tessa emerges. There’s even the possibility of love with Winnie’s sexy grandson Ben – if only he was willing to open up his heart.
Who knew a group of old aged pensioners, a sexy bar owner, a militant seamstress and a beautiful Cornish coastal town could bring such magic to a person’s life?
Read this beautiful and poignant story and fall in love with the wonderful cast of characters and their gorgeous surroundings, because life can be amazing if you just learn to trust it.
This was such a fun piece of escapism. Rather naughty at times and a few cringeworthy (not from the writing I hasten to add but from the things that happen to poor Tessa) moments but it was enjoyable and I did rather like Tessa. Although a fun, flirty storyline, there are also deeper issues at hand here. For those of us who has suffered from low self-esteem and body image issues, there is a great deal that you can relate to. Yet Tessa shows us how you can come through the other side and that you’ve got to learn to love yourself rather than trying to love what you feel to be other people’s idea of who you should be – if that makes sense.
On a lighter note, there are a great many fun characters here and lots of laughs to be had. The Coastal Cahoots Club – in the form of a group of pensioners and Tessa – are hilarious and I only hope I have their spark and wit when I’m in my twilight years. Another highlight for me was the location. I adore stories set in Cornwall and it’s been so long since I’ve been able to personally spent time there is it was an absolute delight to visit in the pages in this book. I could almost feel the sand between my toes and it made me hunger for a surf lesson or two.
All in all, this was a fun and feisty read. A lovely escape to the seaside with some memorable and loveable characters.
Thank you so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and to Victoria Johns for sending me a review copy.
About the author
Victoria Johns is a writer who enjoys sharing a happily ever after and believes that it’s every good girls dream to experience a steamy, hot one.
Growing up in North West England in a large family surrounded by love and support she found her Prince Charming many years ago and enjoys living the life they’ve made with their son. Being a mum, wife and in full time employment means multi tasking like a super power!
When she’s not writing she’s overdosing on crisps, Rosé wine, trashy TV and raunchy reads.
You can follow Victoria on Twitter at @victoriajohns75
Find out more by visiting Victoria’s website here.