Because You Loved Me 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.


Marion Miller needs a fresh start.

Her childhood in Northern Ireland wasn’t easy, with a father who passed away when she was young and a mother who got lost in grief. Now grown-up and with family relations as tense as ever, Marion heads to England, to find out the truth about her father’s mysterious past – and hopefully an extended family who will love her as much as he did.

Scarlett Obermann runs a holiday park in Sherwood Forest with her daughter Grace, but what’s she’s best at is making people feel like they belong. With her merry band of waifs and strays, Scarlett welcomes Marion with open arms, and it isn’t long before Marion finally understands what it means to find a home.

As she tries to uncover her father’s story, Marion slowly blossoms, even daring to indulge in her crush on Reuben, the son of the Lord of the Manor, but she hasn’t quite out-run her past. And as Scarlett faces her own tragedy, it’s Marion’s turn to take care of everyone.

Because you can’t choose your family, but you can make your friends the family you choose.

This novel was first published as Making Marion.

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My Thoughts

I absolutely adore Beth Moran novels and I sink into each one and devour it until every last word is digested. 

I’m used to Beth’s more cosy style of writing and I feel this book has a lot of that but also delves into deeper issues much more than some of her later books.  This is not a complaint! I enjoyed it equally as much.  It really made the cosy, heartwarming moments stronger and allowed a more insightful look into the character of Marion.

Marion is one of those characters that you instantly feel protective over.  As soon as she arrives at the camp (just asking for directions) it’s clear she needs some love from herself and others.  Initially, it just seems as though she is very introvert but flashback chapters, and Marion’s thoughts, reveal there is a lot more going on underneath.  Knowing where he anxieties and lack of confidence came from made her journey that much sweeter. 

The other residents/visitors to Peace and Pigs are an eclectic and entertaining bunch too.  Scarlett is so sweet and nurturing – one of those people that everyone needs in their lives.  Such a variety of community members really brought the book alive and how they contributed to supporting Marion, and then Scarlett was so uplifting to see.  Teen angst was perfectly represented in Grace too. 

I adored the setting of Sherwood as a place to have this experience for Marion, aptly named.  It’s such a friendly and peaceful part of the country and it made such a refreshing change to read a book set there. 

Overall, this book has some heartwarming themes but equally, delves into some very real issues that did bring out a tear or two whilst reading.  It’s such a wonderful story of Marion’s journey and I thoroughly enjoyed accompanying her along the way.     

Author Bio – Beth Moran

Beth Moran is the bestselling author of romantic novels including Christmas Every Day and Just The Way You Are. 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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