I was sent Beautiful Day by Kate Anthony to review from Penguin and read it in 2 days, no mean feat when most of my reading was done in the bath, and I’ve given up baths for lent! Reading in the shower probably isn’t the best idea so I read through nap times and in bed. It’s out on April 10th, and you can follow the author on twitter.
Kate Anthony lives close to Brighton and wrote this book in the Jubilee Library! She’s a mum of 4 (including twins) and has worked with vulnerable adults as a social worker. This means that when she writes the character of Rachel, who is struggling to keep it together as a newly-single working parent after divorce, you really understand how she feels about what’s happening in her life, even if at times I wanted her to react differently to how she does.
Beautiful Day follows Rachel’s journey as she embarks on a career as a carer for 30-something Phillip, who has never been to school and can do nothing unaided. Whilst she’s trying to help Phillip learn how to look after himself she’s still got to keep her three children in check, deal with an unruly au-pair and a cheating ex-husband. Without giving too much away, Rachel has to deal with some pretty catastrophic events that affect not just her but everyone around her. The way her relationship with Phillip develops is written so touchingly, Rachel interacts with him, her colleagues, her children and her ex-husband in completely different ways but each relationship is given the detail needed to really connect you with the characters.
The novel is definitely a feel good novel, but not in a regular predictable chick lit kind of way, as it deals with some complex and difficult situations. Unlike any chick-lit books I’ve read I actually sat and reflected for 5 minutes when I finished the book, as I think most people would. Also the front cover illustration is just beautiful, so sitting looking at it for 5 minutes was fine by me!
I have a paperback copy to give away so if you fancy winning a copy for yourself when Beautiful Day is released on 10th April just enter below: