Thursday, 14 November 2019

All At Sea by Gemma Roman BLOG TOUR @GemmaRomanBooks #AllAtSea #RandomThingsTours

Alice is young, in love and living on the Cornish coast. 
Life should be perfect. 
But Alice is about to meet someone who will make her question everything.

All At Sea by Gemma Roman was published in August 2019. I'm delighted to share my thoughts about the book as part of the #RandomThingsTours Blog Tour today

All At Sea is a novella at just over 160 pages and is the first in a series of novellas set in Cornwall.

Gemma Roman writes very well. The sense of place shines though and Cornwall becomes as much a characters as the Alice, Mia and Kai.

This is Alice's story. She's always been happy to stay in her Cornish home town, happy to miss out on university to stay with her boyfriend Kai. She's assistant manager at a local bar and that keeps her busy; she's pretty happy with life. Kai is a freelance photographer and often has assignments that take him to other cities for a while. Whilst Alice loves Kai, she's happy for him to travel and enjoys spending time on her own. Kai, on the other hand, would like more from their relationship and has asked Alice to marry him more than once.

Whilst Kai is off on a job in Manchester, Alice's life turns into something of a whirlwind. She is swept off her feet by a newcomer; this is an unexpected and surprising affair that has long-term implications for Alice and Kai.

The author then takes the story a few years into the future where we meet both Alice and Kai; older, wiser and in very different situations. That attraction is still there and it's time to face up to this.

The author has created a cast of believable, if not always likeable characters who feel realistic and true. She has examined the complexities of relationships very well, and whilst this is only a short book, it has real emotional depth. 

A quick read that I finished in one evening, but a very satisfying one. I look forward to reading more from this series.

“I'm Gemma Roman.
I have pretty much always been a bookworm.
I always loved reading, writing and the creative arts, and also enjoyed dancing which led me to study for a degree in Dance Studies when I was at University. Following graduation, I worked in retail and became interested in the wealth of characters that I came across daily while working in customer service.  
I'd had a few ideas rumbling around in my head for a while, and so spent a few years writing my first novel in my spare time. I finally managed to release it in June 2016, and am now planning for the release of my new book 'All At Sea', which is due out in 2019.
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