Hello, Sunshines, I hope you are safe and well? Today I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of this heart-wrenching and gorgeous book; How Not to be a Loser by Beth Moran. This post was scheduled to be shared in March, but as we all know one thing leads to another and we fall behind…..Oops! So, here it is ridiculously late, sorry! I hope you all enjoy it!
Amy Piper is a loser. She’s lost her confidence, her mojo and her way.
But one thing she has never lost is her total love for her thirteen-year-old son Joey, and for his sake she knows it’s time for a change. But first she has to be brave enough to leave the house…
What she needs are friends and an adventure. And when she joins a running group of women who call themselves The Larks, she finds both. Not to mention their inspiring (and rather handsome) coach, Nathan.
Once upon a time Amy was a winner – at life, at sport and in love. Now, with every ounce of strength she has left, she is determined to reclaim the life she had, for herself and for Joey. And who knows, she might just be a winner again – at life, sport, and love, if she looks in the right places…
Uplifting, funny and unforgettable, Beth Moran returns with a joyous tale of friendship, love and facing your fears.
This is a stunningly beautiful, emotional and inspiring book!
Honestly, I can’t really say much more than that can I? This is an emotional, moving, heart-warming, full of hope, it really shows the power of a mothers love and determination.
As soon as we meet Amy Piper you just feel instantly close to her, she is the kind of person whom you can’t help yourself but feel very protective of, you genuinely care for her and her well being. There was something about her that pulled me in, it is obvious that she is suffering from Mental Health issues, she is depressed, agoraphobic, she is anxious and stressed. There is also a lot of sadness and guilt that she feels she has ruined something or her son, that she finds certain things so difficult.
Amy wants to get passed this barrier, she wants to be well and the mother she has always dreamt to be for her son, she wants her life and happiness. So one day she makes that choice, and it is through this stage that we get to know her, we see her bravely take one step after another to regain control over her life. It is through her journey that we really have our heartstring pulled, there is a lot of sadness, happiness and it pulls you through all aspects of human emotion as Amy tries to find her feet again and be able to breathe the fresh air.
I have to give huge praise to Beth Moran, what a beautiful, sensitive and realistic piece of writing this is. Beth has done the most amazing job with writing Amy’s mental health illnesses which is something that can and does affect every one of us in some way or another whether that’s direct with your own mental health problems or indirectly by watching a loved one struggle. Having a leading character battle these illnesses while trying to do right by her son really got me and I genuinely felt a little teary at times while reading. Beth showed such care with her writing she didn’t go over the top and Amy’s issues weren’t overly dramatized. Her problems and how she was fighting were raw and real ad again I have to applaud Beth for bringing to attention just how easily a person – anyone – can fall into a depression and how hard it is not only for the person but for the family too, I do know that part from personal experience. Bravo! It’s not taboo to talk about such things or to have characters in books go through such trials.
Overall, this is a fabulous second chance story that really hammers home how important it is to not allow your self to sink and how true friends can be so important, it’s a real feel-good, heart-warming and inspiring story that is one of those books which must be read. It will make you cry, smile and look on the world with positivity.
About the Author
Beth Moran is the author of three previous books, including Making Marion. 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.
I just want to make a brief apology to Beth and the team over at Boldwood Books for not posting this review on my day of this amazing blog tour. I think many will agree with me when I say the last few weeks/months have been a bit on the weird side and I’m afraid I have let things slide a little and now I am drastically playing catch up.
So, for all those who missed out on the blog tour, why not check out each of these amazing blogs which participated in this tour and show them some love?