A Song For Bill Robinson by C. E. Atkins – Blog Tour

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Thank you to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ for organising this tour and to C. E. Atkins and Pict Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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Synopsis

Tensions are building on the notorious Holds End estate.

The local community centre is fighting for survival and the murder of 15-year-old Lewis Matthews remains unsolved…

Wannabe teenage singer, Bill Robinson, just got out of hospital after surviving a vicious attack. He thinks he knows who attacked him…and why. When a violent feud escalates between him and local thug Charlie McDonnal, Bill vows to find the killer and help save the community centre by taking part in the local singing contest.

How can music bring a shattered community together? And can Bill keep his own demons at bay long enough to win the singing contest and find out who killed Lewis Matthews?

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B081XC9P91

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B081XC9191

My Thoughts

This was one of those books that intrigued me but I wasn’t completely sure what to expect.  I’ll be completely honest and say that it wasn’t initially a book that jumped out at me but curiosity won the day and I’m so pleased that it did because this is such a fabulous little gem.

I will admit the beginning had me re-reading certain points as I got a bit confused however I have been ill and really busy so that could have been down to me and not the storytelling.

Bill Robinson was brutally attacked and another young man killed and he is determined to find out who did it.  The community are shattered and he desperately wants to bring them back together again by saving the community centre via winning a competition.

Telling the story from the perspective of a sixteen year old really adds a vulnerability and naivety to the heartbreaking, and at times, shocking events.  The author captures the complex and often misunderstood nature of a teenage boy beautifully and creates a character that is a bit of a hero in spite of also being a very angry and unhappy person.

I love how he is using his talent and passion to bring his community back together and I feel that this is his way of repairing his own heart and mind too.   The community life of the estate and its residents is also well written and depicts the struggles many real individuals face daily.  There are no over-exaggerated or fake characters in this book.

This book is so difficult to summarise as it has heartbreaking and harsh elements of reality but at the same time provides an uplifting narrative to which I think really embodies the community spirit of older communities.  It does pave the way into a sequel too which I am really looking forward to reading – this time I will not be hesitating!

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Author Bio – C.E. Atkins

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Chantelle Atkins was born and raised in Dorset, England and still resides there now with her husband, four children and multiple pets. She is addicted to reading, writing and music and writes for both the young adult and adult genres. Her fiction is described as gritty, edgy and compelling. Her debut Young Adult novel The Mess Of Me deals with eating disorders, self-harm, fractured families and first love. Her second novel, The Boy With The Thorn In His Side follows the musical journey of a young boy attempting to escape his brutal home life and has now been developed into a 6 book series. She is also the author of This Is Nowhere and award-winning dystopian, The Tree Of Rebels, plus a collection of short stories related to her novels called Bird People and Other Stories. The award-winning Elliot Pie’s Guide To Human Nature was released through Pict Publishing in October 2018. Her next YA novel A Song For Bill Robinson will be released in December 2019. Chantelle has had multiple articles about writing published by Author’s Publish magazine.

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