Today I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the latest novel from the brilliant Cecelia Ahern, Freckles.
About the book
‘Freckles is a beautiful, hopeful book when the world needs hope most. Cecelia has written a novel about our search for our authentic selves in a crazy world. Like all her novels, it’s inspiring, life-affirming and full of insight’ CATHY KELLY
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with…
When a stranger utters these words to Allegra Bird, nicknamed Freckles, it turns her highly ordered life upside down. In her current life as a parking warden, she has left her eccentric father and unconventional childhood behind for a bold new life in the city. But a single encounter leads her to ask the question she’s been avoiding for so long: who are the people who made her the way she is? And who are the five people who can shape and determine her future? Just as she once joined the freckles on her skin to mirror the constellations in the night sky, she must once again look for connections.
Told in Allegra’s vivid, original voice, moving from Dublin to the fierce Atlantic coast, this is an unforgettable story of human connection, of friendship, and growing into your own skin.
Five people. Five stars. Freckle to freckle. Star to star.
The Gift was the first novel I ever read by Cecelia Ahern and it has always stayed with me. The characters, the story and the message. Cecelia’s books do that. They never really leave you and that, I feel, it exactly the same for her latest novel, Freckles.
Freckles is Allegra Bird, a young woman searching for something. She has left everything she knows behind to begin a new life in Dublin and things aren’t turning out quite how she hoped. she longs to belong, to feel whole and most of all to connect with those who, she feels, will make her complete.
This is such a gorgeous novel. Cecelia has a wonderful way of building characters, good and bad. They are genuine, filled with light and shade. There are moments when I wanted to shake Allegra. There is something of her in many of us. She doesn’t always say the ‘right’ thing but she is not blind to the effect her words can have. She knows the power of them. You can almost see the car crash approaching but, quite rightly, she surprises us as does the story. It is filled with anger at times, and frustration but it is also filled with tenderness, love and compassion. The ending is so beautiful, so uplifting and it quite frankly, moved me to tears. It also made me think about the people in my own life and how blessed I am. It is a message I will take with me and hold on to for those moments when I’m not sure of my own worth, for surely those we hold most dear are the ones who show us just how worthy we are.
A wonderful and inspiring story. I can’t imagine any fan of Cecelia’s being disappointed, and new readers, well you’re in for a treat.
Many thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and to HarperCollins for my review copy. What a special gift it was indeed. Thoroughly recommended. I shall miss Allegra but I have a feeling her story will stay with me for a very long time indeed.
About the author
Cecelia Ahern is one of the biggest selling authors to emerge in
the past fifteen years, having sold more than 25 million copies
worldwide in over 50 countries.
Two of her books have been adapted as major films and she has
created several TV series in the US and Germany. Her novel PS I
Love You was a New York Times bestseller and huge #1 bestseller
in Ireland and the UK. In 2007, it was made into a major film
starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler and most recently,
Cecelia wrote the sequel- Postscript which was an instant
Cecelia has written13 bestselling novels including two YA novels
and a critically acclaimed collection of short stories, ROAR which
is being produced by and starring Nicole Kidman. Her novels have
resonated with readers everywhere through their thoughtful,
unique and inspiring storytelling and have won numerous awards.
Cecelia lives in Dublin with her family. To find out more please visit
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