Just The Way You Are by Beth Moran – Blog Tour

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

Synopsis

A novel about friendship, romance and learning to love yourself – just the way you are.

When Olivia Tennyson – or Ollie to her friends – was sixteen, she wrote a Dream List of all the things she wanted for her life, including a happy marriage and a family. But at twenty-nine, Ollie is single, living at home with her over-protective and manipulative mother, and is feeling like her dreams are getting further out of reach.

It’s time for a change. 

It’s time to take matters into her own hands. 

Without telling her mum, or more importantly, asking her permission, Ollie finds the perfect place to start her new life. End Cottage has a duck-egg blue front door, a garden that leads to acres of forest, and definitely counts as her dream home.

Now all Ollie has to do is complete the rest of her list and find out who she really is, before she can imagine any romance coming into her life. After all, how is she going to find her dream man in the middle of a forest… 

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My Thoughts

Beth Moran has smashed it again with this moving and emotional novel.  I always fall in love with a Beth Moran novel and her characters within the first few pages and Just the Way You Are and Ollie were no exception.

Ollie is stuck in an impossible position. Her mother has developed a huge fear of being abandoned that Ollie is trapped into staying there with her, living a solitary and dependant life.  When she finally decides to make her break she has to go through so many changes to find her own way as a woman.  In additions, she has promised her best friends that before becoming involved with any man, she will complete her dream list made as a teen and do it alone.   What Ollie isn’t expecting is to find friendships in unusual places, and also Sam.  Can Ollie find her happiness?

I loved Ollie’s journey.  She is such a sweet character and I think her more vulnerable moments were developed well but also showed how brave she could be.  It was heart-warming how she struggled with something by herself but was able to step up easily where other people were concerned.  She is a great character and so relatable.  I really rooted for a happy ending from the beginning.  I also loved Sam, a very kind and selfless man with his own demons to work through. 

I adore community driven novels and enjoyed the way Ollie pulled together members of the community but was also rescued by some other members.  A lot of Biggley Bottom seemed to need what she, and her friends, provided and it was so heart-warming to see the way many people pulled together or benefitted from each other.   

As usual, Beth Moran also tackles some serious and very relevant issues.  Despite reading easily, Just the way You Are tackles many of these.  She gently and sympathetically navigates the impact of poverty, drugs, toxic family relationships, illiteracy and mental health. 

Despite exploring some heavy and emotional themes, the characters, setting and feel of this novel is uplifting and heart-warming and it’s simply perfect.

I cannot recommend this novel enough.  

Author Bio – Beth Moran

Beth Moran is the author of four novels, including the bestselling Christmas Every Day. She regularly features on BBC Radio Nottingham and is a trustee of the national women’s network Free Range Chicks. She lives on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest.

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