Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Fall and Rise of Sadie McQueen by Juliet Ashton.
The Fall and Rise of Sadie McQueen was published on 26th December 2019 by Simon and Schuster.
It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but Cherry Blossom Mews is a miraculous place. It’s somewhere that finds you, rather than the other way around.
Sadie McQueen has leased a double fronted space in this small cul de sac in a culturally diverse corner of central London. The cobbles muffle the noise of double-deckers roaring past the arched gates. Turn right and you are in a futuristic maze of corporate glass monoliths. Turn left and you see a wide street with many different houses. Towering above the mews are the degenerating tower blocks of an infamous estate. The old folks home and the nearby school are both in need of TLC; the private members’ club that set up shop in a listed Georgian building has been discreetly refurbished at huge expense.
Into this confusion comes Sadie. She fell in love with the street the moment she first twisted her ankle on its cobbles. Her double-fronted unit is now a spa. She has sunk all her money into the lease and refurbishment. She’s sunk all her hope into the carefully designed treatment rooms, the calm white reception space, the bijou flat carved out of the floor above.
Sadie has a mission to connect. To heal herself from tragedy. Sadie has wrapped the mews around her like a warm blanket, after unimaginable loss and unimaginable guilt. Her hard-won peace is threatened, not only by the prospect of the mews going under but by a man aptly named Hero who wakes up her comatose heart.
Sadie has a lot to give, and a lot to learn, not least that some ghosts aren’t ghosts at all.
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A big thank you to Megan at ed PR and the publisher for issuing me with my copy of the book and for inviting me to take part on the blog tour.
The Fall and Rise of Sadie McQueen is lovely and well put together story of redemption and friendship that takes place in Cherry Blossom Mews. Each of the characters are owners of a shop in the Mews ranging from a Spa to a builders café and we learn throughout the chapters more about them and how they have come to end up where they are.
Although they come from all walks of life, their genuine friendship despite this, is at the heart of the book and keeps you reading ‘just another chapter’ until you suddenly find yourself at the last page.
Juliet Ashton has a lovely way with words and you can’t help but be swept up with emotion of some of the chapters, whilst laughing during others which made it the perfect blend of book for me.
There is a twist midway through the story but this just made me eagerly keep reading as I had become so invested in how I thought the book would end (I am never usually correct!).
A lovely story, that does keep you on your toes which I loved and would definitely recommend to people that want that little ‘bit extra’ in their story.
I’m looking forward to reading more from Juliet Ashton.
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About the Author
I enjoy writing almost as much as I love reading. Books are constant friends; no fall-outs about borrowed shoes, no lusting after the same man. The books I write are about love in all its colours. Romantic love, of course – it makes the world go round, after all – but also family love, the way we feel about our friends and children and colleagues and the woman we see every day on the bus but never say ‘hello’ to.
There’s no end of inspiration. Most authors are baffled by that commonly asked question, “Where do you get your ideas from?” The answer is simple: YOU. People are inspiring, with all their niggling faults and shimmering virtues. The tangles we get ourselves into, and the ludicrous ways we attempt to untangle ourselves, are a never ending source of material. In fact, most authors daren’t use too much real life in their books because it would sound too much like fiction.
I’ve just remembered that this is supposed to be a biog, so here’s some info about me. I live just outside London with my daughter, Niamh, who’s 12, and my husband, Matthew, who’s considerably older than that. The house hums with creativity, as I scribble downstairs and Matthew composes music for theatre and TV upstairs. We have two dogs, one of whom is wildly energetic, one of whom was born an old lady and prefers to sleep all day.
Hmm, what else?
I’m Irish, but you wouldn’t know that from my accent. I can’t sing. My favourite crisp flavour is Roast Chicken, but I reserve the right to change that at short notice.
I hope you enjoy my books. They are the way I speak to the world