Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Book Review: The Birthday That Changed Everything | Debbie Johnson

I was lucky enough to attend an author event at my local Waterstones in Liverpool a couple of weeks ago, and one of the authors there was the lovely Debbie Johnson. While I had heard lots about her and her books I had never had the chance to pick up one of her books.  I listened to her speak about her career, her writing process and was also pleased to discover she had a similarly wicked sense of humour to me. I was also lucky enough to hear her read from her latest book ‘The Birthday That Changed Everything’ and just from that one little reading, cemented my decision to buy the book (get it signed woo!) and put it to the top of my TBR pile.

This has to be one of the best romantic fiction books that I have read in a long time. It has equal parts heart, romance, love and dirty humour that I snorted several times while reading and laughing loudly on the train to work. Trust me, the funny looks are worth it.

The lead character Sally is just wonderful and I adored her and found myself rooting for her from the start. She is well and truly put through the mill in this book and at times I found myself thinking that she would never get her happy ending. There are some pretty amazing heartfelt moments, there are also some very sexy moments. Some of my favourite moments were the comedic ones and where many of the amazing characters exchanged hilarious (and sometimes dirty) dialogue. 

Her children Ollie and Lucy offer up entertainment in completely different ways. Ollie for his sweet protectiveness for his mum as well as his self-education on women through reading his mum’s Mills & Book novels. Lucy on the other hand is a little bit of a bitch, but in the most shocking and hilariously entertaining kind of way. Even though she was on many occasions awful to her mum, I couldn’t help but admire her ‘take no shit’ attitude. Keep an eye out for many of Lucy’s one liners and sharp tongued retorts. Truly entertaining stuff.

Also I have no shame in admitting that I fell completely in love with James who is the love interest in this book, he is just wonderfully kind, amazing and terribly sexy. The fact that this book is written in first person from Sally’s perspective means you get to share in some of her more crude and funny thoughts about James and some of his ‘body parts’.

There are a couple of moments where I found myself welling up, and I can’t say what they are hear without ruining them for those of you who haven’t read the book. But I do think you may need a few tissues on hand for those more emotional moments.

This is an incredible book which for me felt like the cheeky love child of Bridget Jones and Jackie Collins with an extra kick in the balls thrown in.

I said it at the start of this review and I will say it again. This is one of the best romantic fiction books I have read in a long time. Debbie Johnson has been added to my list of favourite authors and I have only read one of her books. I highly recommend her. I simply adore this woman.

I gave this book a deliciously fabulous 10/10

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About The Author:
Debbie Johnson is a best-selling author who lives and works in Liverpool, where she divides her time between writing, caring for a small tribe of children and animals, and not doing the housework. She writes romance, fantasy and crime - which is as confusing as it sounds!

Her latest book, The Birthday That Changed Everything (HarperCollins), has been described by Sunday Times best-selling novelist Milly Johnson as 'a lovely, emotion-filled, giggle-inducing story.'

Her other romantic comedy best-sellers include Cold Feet at Christmas, Pippa's Cornish Dream and Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper. Her next tale, The Comfort Food Cafe, will be out on HarperImpulse in May 2016.

You can find her supernatural crime thriller, Fear No Evil, featuring Liverpool PI Jayne McCartney, on Amazon, published by Maze/Avon Books.

Debbie also writes urban fantasy, set in modern day Liverpool. Dark Vision and the follow-up Dark Touch are published by Del Rey UK, and earned her the title 'a Liverpudlian Charlaine Harris' from The Guardian.

To find out more about Debbie and her wonderful books check out the links below: