Things Are Looking Up by Maxine Morrey – Blog Tour

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this tour and to Maxine Morrey, Boldwood and Netgalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.


What if what you really need is right there in front of you, if you just take a moment to look up?

Milly has been waiting for this moment forever and finally it’s just an hour away – an interview with Vogue magazine and the opportunity to get her Louboutin-clad foot in the door.  There’s just one problem – totally engrossed in her mobile phone, Milly doesn’t see the bus that is fast approaching – until it’s too late…

When Milly next opens her eyes, the consequences of her accident become clear. Everything she has worked for and dreamed of suddenly feels out of reach. But there is one bright spot on her horizon – the reappearance of her ex Jed, in all of his six-foot-four, broad-shouldered glory, with the most piercing ice blue eyes Milly ever saw.

Once used to working in a whirlwind, Milly now has the chance to reconsider how to live. Will she rush back to the treadmill, get her head down and back to business, or is there a whole other life waiting for her, if she’ll just look up to see it? 

‘Read yourself happy’ with Maxine Morrey’s latest uplifting, page-turning, heart-warming romance, guaranteed to brighten up your day.

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My Thoughts

Things are looking up is an emotional but uplifting story and is a delightfully perfect read.  I adored it and recommended it whole heartedly.

Milly is a career driven woman.  I adored her and completely felt her frustration.  Sometimes I was a little frustrated at the people surrounding her.  Although they meant well, they weren’t always fully supportive and unfortunately some jobs require that amount of commitment.  I do think this attitude reflects a lot of what we see in real life – made me wonder if they would react the same if she was a doctor etc. or a man.  This is not a criticism of the novel – just an observation of how this is likely to be a good reflection of real life.  This aside, it was heart-warming to see how much love the people close to her had towards her after her accident. 

There are two main plots to this story, in my opinion.  One is the journey Milly embarks on the re-evaluate and rebuild her life in a different way and the other is the second chances love story.  I was captivated by both and they balanced each other out well to create a very rounded story.  As Milly’s true character begins to shine through, she is so relatable and loveable.  Jed is super perfect although does have a little drama to contend with.  He’s very kind, reasonable and successful – the perfect book boyfriend.     

This is a moving story based in real life and I had so much fun reading it.  Highly recommended.      

Author Bio – Maxine Morrey

Maxine Morrey is a bestselling romantic comedy author with ten books to her name including Winter’s Fairytale and the top ten hit The Christmas Project. Her eleventh book is being released by Boldwood in 2021. She lives in West Sussex. Her first novel for Boldwood, #No Filter, was published in November 2019.

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