#BookReview of The Secret to Falling in love by Victoria Cooke @VictoriaCooke10 @rararesources @hqdigitaluk #giveaway

Posted February 9, 2019 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Giveaways, Reviews and Stuff / 0 Comments

#BookReview of The Secret to Falling in love by Victoria Cooke @VictoriaCooke10 @rararesources @hqdigitaluk #giveaway

The Secret to Falling in Love by Victoria Cooke
Published by HQ Digital on February 9, 2017
Pages: 198
Also by this author: The Holiday Cruise, It Started With A Note

Status Update: I’m going offline for a while… Wish me luck! xx

Lifestyle journalist and thirty-something singleton Melissa hashtags, Insta's and Snapchats her supposedly fabulous life on every social media platform there is.

That is until she wakes up on her birthday, another year older and still alone, wondering if, for all her internet dates, love really can be found online? The challenge: go technology free for a whole month!

Forced to confront the reality of her life without its perfect filters, Melissa knows she needs to make some changes. But when she bumps into not one, but two gorgeous men, without the use of an app, she believes there could be hope for love offline.

If only there was a way to choose the right guy for her…

My Review

Where do I start? Well, the first thing I will start anytime I see Victoria Cooke’s name on a book, I want it! Straight off the bat. I absolutely loved the Holiday Cruise and It Started with a Note (review will be up later on this month), I have Who Needs a Man waiting too, so there was NO WAY I was passing up a chance to read this.

I had all the warm and fuzzies with this book and I loved the idea of switching off from technology for a month! Although I can not foresee it being a realistic thing for me to do with the little one and the boy going back away, it has made me realise I do need to cut down on the social media for sure. Go back to a time where it was not everything we did, and to take a step back, so basically when I was growing up!

The message I found in the book was to take the moment and see what is right in front of you, not behind a phone/computer. It is the interactions with people, taking in the scenery. Although, do not get me wrong I have friends that if I did not speak to on my phone/computer then I would not be able to, miles and (in one instance!) countries apart!

I loved Melissa, she was not your typical heroine in a book. She acted exactly how I would have acted! She was afraid of putting herself out there with someone new, and then Joseph and Scott came along at the same time! I did, however, love the walk of shame at the beginning of the book I chuckled at that – I can safely say I have not done that!

I had my favourite out of Joseph and Scott, and it was obvious who would win her heart. It was for me, like normal, the journey they go on to get to where they need to be. I loved the ending too, it was so them. Not telling you who “them is!

As I said, The Secret to Falling in Love has all the warm and fuzzies, I could imagine this being made into a Hollywood and I could imagine who would play the characters too. Think a Patrick Dempsey would make a good Joseph!

A shout out has to go to Doris! I loved her! I loved the friendship her and Melissa struck up over the glass of bubbly! Shows you what could happen if we stepped away for a few minutes!

Ms Cooke books are a goto for me, her stories are always so realistic to me as if we were given an insight into her diary. There is nothing fantastical about it, everything feels so natural. She leaves with hope in my heart and a lot of smiles on my face! I really can not recommend this book or any of the other books she has written enough. In The Holiday Cruise, she made me want to run away and join a cruise liner, in The Secret to Falling in Love she made me want to run away and go to Scotland and run a pub! Either way, I can wait for the next adventure I go on with Victoria and her characters.

So if you don’t believe me what else has been said today by the other bloggers on Book Birthday day?

Ellesea Loves Reading says

Light-hearted, with relatable characters, The Secret to Falling in Love is a delightful introduction to Ms Cooke’s writing. The words flow along with amusing dialogue from everyone from the main protagonists, down to the smallest of secondary characters. It’s fun, yet gives the reader food for thought about how they manage and maintain their own lives in the twenty-first century.

Me and My books says

This is a charming story that had some really great touches, especially ditching the tech. This made me think about how I would cope, and as much as I would like to think that I would be okay with it, I don’t think it would be as easy as I think. I really like the romantic tussle and though I did think it a little bit predictable I really enjoyed the story, it moved along at a wonderful pace and I found it very enjoyable.

Chick Lit Central says

Melissa learns not only the secrets needed in her own life to fall in love, she learns how to forge the relationships that help to make the person she wants to be, and discovers the person she already is.

Stardust Book Reviews says

This book has been an absolute joy to read and once started, I just couldn’t put it down.  A relatively short book, it only took me just under a day to read, and I enjoyed it that much I would definitely read it all over again!  The characters are all likeable, easy to relate to and the story was easy to follow.  It was also full of friends and family, love and laughter – a sheer delight!!  Highly recommended!!!

Linda’s book bag says

There is a hugely entertaining plot in 
The Secret to Falling in Love that has several surprises along the way so that I think this would make a brilliant film.
I loved this book. I hadn’t read anything by Victoria Cooke before and am delighted to have discovered the perfect pick-me-up read in 
The Secret to Falling in Love. Uplit at its best!

Until next time xxx

Giveaway Time!

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Thank you so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invite and the author  for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review

About Victoria Cooke

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016

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