The Summer of Going Topless by Liz Davies – Blog Tour

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Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this tour and to Liz Davies and Lilac Tree Books  for a copy to read in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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Candice Summerville is invisible. No one seems to notice her – not really. Heck, she often doesn’t notice herself, except for her monthly scrutiny in the mirror to check on her body’s steady slide towards middle age.

But when her ancient, practical estate car is consigned to the scrap heap, Candice falls in love with a cute, purple convertible, and from that moment on her life begins to take on a whole new meaning. Strangers wave at her and people stop to talk, and suddenly she isn’t invisible any longer.

Life seems to be looking up, especially when she meets silver fox and handy-man, Paul. There’s just one fly in the ointment, one thing she that has her second-guessing herself.

Is it the car that Paul sees – or is it her?

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My Thoughts

Such a fabulous fun and breezy read – perfect for the summer.

Candace’s life has become dull!  She feels invisible, frumpy and alone.  Her grown up children have flown the next and her husband left 15 years ago but she remains in a daze just moving through each day in a fog.  Until one day, her car needs to be scrapped and she finds herself driving a funky MX-5 and suddenly everyone is noticing her.  To top it off she meets Paul, but is it the car or her he is interested in?

Liz Davies does such a brilliant job of depicting how some women (and possibly men) feel once their children have left home and they are left to their own devices.  She nails the emotions, feelings and sameness of this in the beginning of the novel.  I also think it’s true that often an event of the impact of a material object can often give people more confidence which leads to a change in mindset.  I’ve owned an MX-5 and they are a funky little car.

Although this is a novel with a romantic element, for me it was more about the journey that Candice goes through to rediscover herself as a woman rather than a mother and wife.  It’s such an uplifting and often hilarious tale and is a pleasure to read.  Even though I’m not at the same time of life as her, I do sometimes feel the same as Candace does in the beginning so I completely related to her and then delighted in her triumphs and new outlook as the narrative moved on.

Overall this is a great up-lifting and feel good read.

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Author Bio – Liz Davies

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Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.

She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.

She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.

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