White Lies & Wishes – Cathy Bramley


Welcome to the White Lies & Wishes blog tour which I am delighted to be kicking off today!

About White Lies & Wishes

Published: 26th January 2017 (Corgi)white-lies-wishes

What happens when what you wish for is only half the story…?

Flirtatious, straight-talking Jo Gold says she’s got no time for love; she’s determined to save her family’s failing footwear business.

New mother Sarah Hudson has cut short her maternity leave to return to work. She says she’ll do whatever it takes to make partner at the accountancy firm.

Bored, over-eating housewife Carrie Radley says she just wants to shift the pounds – she’d love to finally wear a bikini in public.

The unlikely trio meet by chance one winter’s day, and in a moment of ‘Carpe Diem’ madness, embark on a mission to make their wishes come true by September.

Easy. At least it would be, if they hadn’t been just the teensiest bit stingy with the truth…

With hidden issues, hidden talents, and hidden demons to overcome, new friends Jo, Carrie and Sarah must admit to what they really, really want, if they are ever to get their happy endings.

My Review

Firstly, what I love about Cathy Bramley’s books is that it’s like settling down wearing your favourite, comfortable jumper – you know right from the very start that you are going to love the characters and the writing style is warming from the very start.

White Lies & Wishes opens at a sad point, the funeral of a relatively young man who has died from cancer with his young widow struggling to cope. However, the melancholy feel doesn’t last for long once Jo, Sarah and Carrie become acquaintances!  The women are fantastic, they are real and could be any one of us. I think that is why it is so easy to warm to them from the outset, and by the 3rd chapter I was already laughing out loud at their paranoid thoughts and indiscretions!

Jo, Sarah and Carrie couldn’t be any more different but need each other completely, they are all fighting their own demons that they have buried away and spend the majority of their lives ignoring. Jo is running herself into the ground trying to keep the family business afloat and life seems to have passed her by, Carrie is comfort-eating everything in sight and Sarah is feeling the epitome of mother guilt by trying to have it all – but does she?! These ladies come up with the idea of supporting each other pursue their dreams and are fantastically supportive of each other, what ensues is a wonderful, laugh-out-loud tale of friendship, mishaps and searching out what you really want from life.

This is a fantastic read that is a pleasure to lose yourself in!

About Cathy Bramley

cathy-bramleyphotoCathy Bramley is the author of the best-selling romantic comedies Ivy Lane, Appleby Farm, Wickham Hall, Conditional Love and The Plumberry School of Comfort Food. She lives in a Nottinghamshire village with her family and a dog.

Her recent career as a full-time writer of light-hearted, romantic fiction has come as somewhat of a lovely surprise after spending eighteen years running her own marketing agency. However, she has been always an avid reader, never without a book on the go and now thinks she may have found her dream job!

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