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Good evening! This evening I have a book review for you to have a look at. I was really excited to read and review this one based on the blurb. It is based on real life events in the author’s life – who would have thought a fall while jogging could have such life changing consequences?
Five Steps To Happy by Ella Dove
Life can change in a heartbeat…
‘An up-lit treasure’ Red magazine
When struggling actress Heidi has a life-changing accident aged 32, her world falls apart. Stuck in hospital and unable to walk, her only companion is Maud, the elderly lady in the bed next to hers. Heidi misses her flatmate, her life, her freedom – surely 32 is too young to be an amputee?
But when Maud’s aloof but attractive grandson Jack pays a visit to the ward, Heidi realises that her life isn’t over just because it’s different. It might not look like the life she dreamed of, but it’s the one she’s got – and there’s a lot she still wants to tick off her bucket list. With Jack at her side, will Heidi take the first step back to happiness? Or is there one more surprise still in store…?
A feel-good read based on the inspiring true story of journalist Ella Dove. Sometimes all it takes is one small step…
What I Thought
I was really looking forward to reading this one and once finished, I was really happy to get to share it with you! Funny, sad, uplifting and heartwarming – this book has it all!
Heidi, the main character, is likeable and due to the author basing this on personal experiences, I feel has very real and honest reactions to things. I often end up in hospital wards with people who have caused their own problems, which can be hard to deal with when I have to be there through no fault of my own. Heidi’s resentment towards the people going through rehab therefore, is something I can definitely identify with. I also thought the guilt of the effect her accident had on her family and friends is very relatable.
This is the author’s first book and it is fantastic. I love the fact that although the story is about a really awful accident, you only feel positive and uplifted by it as a whole. The author is resilient, honest, brave and writes with warmth. A definite must to all the other chronic illness warriors out there who will identify, like me, with certain part’s of Heidi’s journey, although I think everyone should have a read of this fantastic book.
Where To Buy
Available in Kindle, Audio book, Hardback and Paperback versions
The Author – Ella Dove
Ella Rose Dove is Commissioning Editor at Good Housekeeping, Prima and Red magazines. Originally from Kent and now based in Stratford, East London, Ella studied English and French at the University of Southampton, where she did her dissertation in Creative Writing. In 2015, she completed the Curtis Brown Creative three-month novel writing course.
In 2016, Ella became an amputee following a freak running accident. She is now an ambassador for the Limbless Association, Barts Health charity and The London Prosthetic Centre, and regularly leads talks, takes part in events and speaks to patients and their loved ones about trauma.
In her spare time, Ella reads, swims and sings in her local choir – and writes, of course!
Information from Amazon
I can’t begin to explain how much I enjoyed this, so please get behind it and have a read if you like the look of it!
Thank you to Compulsive Readers for including me on this blog tour. I was gifted the book in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links do not affect your purchase in any way but may earn the blog some extra pennies – thank you. Check out other reviews of this book at the blogs listed below