Monday, 29 August 2016

Hemmie Martin - Garlic & Gauloises *BLOG TOUR*

**Review by Stacey

Alice Calwin finds herself without purpose in life after the death of her mother, whom she’d been caring for following a stroke. Theo Edwards, a literary journalist, has a sour outlook on life, bolstered by his ongoing divorce, and is feeling the pressure to revitalise his column in the newspaper. 

They encounter one another at a writers’ retreat in France, but Alice’s shameful past and Theo’s deceptive reasons for being there end up affecting them both in very different ways. 

When someone finally acknowledges their mistakes, is it ever too late to make amends?

This was my first read from Hemmie Martin though I am familiar with the author.

I am always intrigued to see how an author writing a book about an author pans out, and in fact there was more than just the one in this story!

Though the male protaganist (Theo) in this was a journalist posing as an author at a writer's retreat in France, and the main female was an actual author, Alice. Alice, along with five other authors, each had their own reasons for attending the retreat but the story focused mainly on Alice, whose mother has just died. Theo attends in order to get some 'juicy' content for the paper he writes book reviews for, and that he does!

"It doesn't matter what others think, it's what you think about yourself that matters."

The story in general felt quite jumpy and rushed, I would have liked to read more about the other characters at the retreat. The chapter format was just a bit confusing for me with it constantly jumping between different characters and no indication it was going to happen.

There was certainly a lot of emotion in the book and I found myself really feeling for Alice; she was really the only character I found myself connecting with though.

She re-read every word he had written as a form of self-harm, and let each syllable carve blistering wounds on her heart.

That was, other than Theo who I thought was an arrogant sod, until some life changing news made him rethink his actions. I didn't particularly feel a connection between any of the characters either.

The book deals with a number of themes and though I did find it jumpy, they all tied together well.

Overall, it was a book that I did read quickly as I wanted to know what happened to the main characters and Hemmie does give the reader closure.


You can keep up with Hemmie and news about her books on her website, Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.

Get your copy of Garlic & Gauloises here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

I was sent a copy of this book free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & my own.

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