It’s an absolute pleasure to take part in the Blogtour The Best is Yet to Come by Katy Colins.
About the Author
Katy Colins learned there is always a second chance in life. Jilted before her wedding, she sold all she owned, filled a backpack and booked a one-way ticket to the other side of the world.
Her solo travels inspired her to pen ‘The Lonely Hearts Travel Club’ series and saw her dubbed the ‘Backpacking Bridget Jones’ by the global media. And, in a stunning twist of fate, Katy found her happy-ever-after by marrying the journalist who shared her story with the world.
She now lives in the middle of England with her husband. John, and two young children.
You can find out more about Katy, her writing and her travels at www.katycolins.com or @notwedordead on social media platforms.
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About the book
Sometimes it’s the things we don’t say that we need others to hear the loudest . . .
Izzy has always taken everything in her stride but motherhood is proving more difficult than she thought. She keeps telling herself it’s just a phase but the dark clouds are starting to appear.
Neighbour and widower Arthur might be in the winter of his life but he’s not ready to be packed off to a care home. He’s determined to do things his way.
When Izzy hears about Arthur’s big move, she offers to help. But Arthur isn’t telling her the whole story. It takes courage to admit you need a friend and when you feel invisible, all you need is a ray of hope. After all, what if the best is yet to come?
Izzy probably expected motherhood to be more like the many books she read, the stories she heard, but unfortunately it’s nothing like she imagined. No blissful moments of serenity staring at the beautiful slumbering baby. No picket fences and frilly aprons. Instead there is no sleep, a screaming baby and the feeling of complete failure.
Across the street is Arthur, a lonely old man who is finding it increasingly difficult to cope by himself. He isn’t looking forward to the inevitable life in a care home. The two of them inadvertently end up recognising what troubles the other, even if they don’t quite realise what they need themselves, and so begins a friendship of sorts.
It’s a beautifully honest and emotional read, perhaps more so because it is based so close in reality. Two isolated worlds become intertwined and in a way they save each other. The overwhelmed young mother and the lonely elderly gentleman, both on the cusp of giving up and feeling completely alone. How could they possibly help each other to take one more step each day and to not give up.
I loved the simplicity of the read and how relatable it is and will be to so many readers. Nothing overly complex or speculative – just simple desperation, loneliness and isolation. It speaks volumes about the way people in society acts with each other, the way we ignore neighbours and concentrate on ourselves and on our own survival. We leave so many behind and in situations they are unable to save themselves from. This story is a perfect example of that. It’s a really good read.
Buy the Best is Yet to Come at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : HQ; pub date 18 Mar. 2021. Buy at Amazon com.