Sunday, August 2, 2015

Blog Tour: Dear Darling by Ellen Faith

‘I’m 30 years old and sat celebrating with a greasy pizza and a bottle of cheap plonk.’

On her 30th birthday, Ellie Darling decides that it’s time to start a diary. Mainly as a reminder for when she’s old and living with cats that she once had a life that wasn’t all bad. Even if it was one where at 30 years of age, she still refused to spend that extra £3 on the good wine instead of chocolate.

But when the only proposal she gets from her boyfriend on Valentine’s Day is that of a threesome, she decides that enough is enough! With a new, improved job as Personal Assistant to one of the most feared Partners at her law firm – one that she doesn't seem to be able to stop dreaming about – Ellie decides that this will be her year. And if she has to run errands for her boss’ neurotic Russian girlfriend or drag her best friend to a sponsored cycle with her now gay first love, then so be it.

4 Star Review by Jen Skewes

On Ellie’s 30th birthday she decides that now is a better time than any to start a diary.  I mean why not, right?  Dear Darling is Ellie’s diary over the course of the year following her birthday.  We get to experience it all with Ellie, from her mishaps, to fun times with friends to falling in love.  Her journey was one that I really enjoyed and certainly laughed along the way.

Ellie has been dating a model for a few years now.  When he takes her out for Valentine’s Day, he starts professing his love for her and tells her that he has a proposal for her.  Now any woman would be thinking the same thing at this moment.  “Oh My God he is going to propose to me”  and yes that is exactly what Elllie was thinking.  But that is in no way what happened.  Instead her boyfriend wants to spice things up in their relationship and wants a threesome, with another woman, who he has already spoken to, and who is waiting in the wings to meet up with them.   What?  Yes my thoughts exactly.  Needless to say that relationship ended right there and now Ellie is back to being single.  

She has a new position at working as Adam Donley’s personal assistant.  Adam is hot and sexy and also the most feared partner in the law firm.  He isn’t exactly the happiest man but that all changes when Ellie starts working for him.  The more time she spends with her new sexy boss the more she starts falling for him.  But there are two main reasons she cannot be with him.  One being that he has a girlfriend who also happens to be a complete bitch and two; well he is her boss.  But there is no denying the attraction between the two of them and it is only a matter of time before Adam finally dumps the Russian girlfriend and makes a move on Ellie.   But can these two make it work with the obstacles that they face?  You will have to read this book to find out.

I loved this book.  And I think the main reason is because of how much I can relate to Ellie and the other characters in this book.  Starting with Adam who I loved.  He is a bit of a grump at work and feared by most of the people that work there.  But you can see he has a soft side, which I think comes out more because of Ellie.  He does know how to have fun and enjoy himself especially when him and Ellie were together.  I am honestly not sure what he saw in his girlfriend because she was one of those characters that you love to hate and cringe every time she appears.  But regardless Adam is a smart man who knows how good him and Ellie are together.  And they were.  I loved the connection that they had and the banter between them.  They are the perfect match. 

Ellie is feisty and says what she wants, sometimes talking a little too much.  But she has flaws and she makes mistakes.  She does things that we all do.  Like saying something that sounds good in your head and ends up embarrassing you after you say it, or sending a private text to the wrong person and no matter how hard you try you cannot get that text back.  Ellie is a normal girl like you and me who is living her life and going through the same struggles we all face.  A broken heart, fun times with friends getting drunk and falling in love.  The only difference is that this story is told in a diary form, which I loved. Ellen Faith did a fantastic job with this story and the way it was written.  I felt like I was right there with Ellie, sitting next to her as she told her story, making me laugh with her along the way.  I love her relationship with her two friends, Gina and Hannah.  They are the type of friends that every girl wants.  They are there with you for the highs and lows and everything in between.  I would love to see the both of them get their own story.  This was a wonderful , fast paced, fun and witty read that I loved.  I think my only issue is that I wanted more of Adam and Ellie.  I really hope that Ms. Faith gives us more of them in the future. 

Ellen lives in the wonderful county of Yorkshire, England where she spends most of her time baking, eating, baking, and eating. Occasionally she does leave the house to go to the cinema or do some food shopping though. 

After spending years with an overactive imagination, she decided to put all the magic in her head to some good use and put finger to laptop where The Story of Us was born and became her debut novel. 

She loves to travel, her favourite destinations so far have all been in America, hence the love of all things, and all people, American. The food rocks pretty hard too, she ate until her jeans begged her to stop whilst she was there. True fact.

Aside from day dreaming and eating, Ellen is a sucker for a lolcat, penguins and monkeys - she has never claimed to be normal. 


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