22 May 2015

Blog Tour: Book Review: The Happy Ever After of Rosie Potter (RIP) by Kate Winter

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Sphere
Published: 21st May 2015
Pages: 304
Genre: Adult, Contemporary/Paranormal Romance, 
Main Characters: Rosie, Charlie,   
Date Read: 7th May - 12th May 2015

Rating Given:
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Synopsis:Falling in love is never simple. Especially when you're dead.
When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world's worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she's actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last night, but why on earth she's still here.
Slowly the mystery unravels, but there are many other secrets buried in the quiet Irish village of Ballycarragh, and nobody is as innocent as they first appear. Aided by the unlikeliest of allies in her investigation, Rosie discovers that life after death isn't all it's cracked up to be, particularly when you might just be falling in love . . .
In this hilarious, life-affirming and romantic journey through Rosie Potter's afterlife, she shares the ghostly tale of how she lived, she died, and she loved (in that order). 

I was given a review copy via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I do love the colourfulness of this cover but the main thing that I like about this cover is that the title takes centre stage as it tells us everything we need to know about the story. With the title being a long one if there was anything else on this book I think it would have looked over crowded.

I couldn't remember much about the premises of this story to begin with which I think was the reason why I kept wanting to put it off but when I read the book I didn't know why I kept putting it off as I really enjoyed it. I found it a really quick read as before I knew it, it was nearly finished, even though it took me a few days to actually finish it I still felt like was quick as I was enjoying it. Even though this has a depressing subject matter I still found it quite a light hearted read which I found myself laughing out loud. What I liked about this book is that even with it a book about the paranormal it still felt like it was something that is supposed to happen as it was written in a believable way. It was good that we got to know more about who Rosie was before she died as well as in the present. There was parts of the story that disappoint me especially when we found out how she died but I do feel like that, that did match up to the humour of the rest of the story so in the end I was able to forgive this more than what I thought I would have. I did love the romance side of the story but I do wish there was a bit more of it as I felt it was rushed towards the end. I loved the ending as there was a point halfway through when I wanted to give this a three star rating but the ending won me over even if it did leave me in floods of tears! I also loved the little epilogue giving us a glimpse of what happened to the other characters in the future even if some of it set me off again.

For me it was some of the characters that made me want to give it a three star rating as Rosie did annoy me at times as she was a hypocrite but there was times when I liked her especially when her humour shone through. I loved Charlie as he was such a sweetheart and he also broke my heart a little bit towards the end. I would have liked to haave seen more from Jenny and Chris as they where great when they where in the story. I also loved Rosie's Mum and again I would have liked to have seen more from her. I couldn't stand Jack and even though I've been told many times that two wrongs don't make a right I still feel like he got everything he deserved.

Author Bio

Kate Winter is a journalist, novelist and storyteller from the North West of Ireland who was lucky enough to grow up with no TV (though she didn't consider it a lucky break at the time) and lots of books. After graduating from University of Ulster with first class honours and the Ulster Television Award for her BA in Media Studies, Kate promptly forged a glittering career for herself in waitressing. Then one day, beside a swimming pool in Australia, Kate decided it was time to write a book. The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIPis Kate's debut novel.  
Follow Kate on @KatiCut. 
For more information or to interview the author please contact Clara Diaz on 
020 3122 6565 | clara.diaz@littlebrown.co.uk | @ClaraHDiaz