Publication: 23rd July 2019 (eBook); 5th September 2019 (paperback) – Simon & Schuster UK
Recently dumped by her boyfriend of ten years, Bell is struggling to move on with her life – and surrender the fleecy pyjamas she’s been living in since January. Haunted by #blessed on social media, she can’t help but compare her life to those she follows online, wondering where she is going wrong . . .
In the world of social media, Millie is the successful online influencer @mi_bestlife. But in real life she’s just a regular single mum trying to make ends meet, while fending off the younger competition and tenacious internet trolls. Her Instagram feed is far more #BestLie than #BestLife, and soon Millie begins to wish her life was more like her filters.
It isn’t until Bell and Millie’s paths cross that they begin to realise what they’re both missing. Can Millie prove to Bell that life online isn’t always what it appears to be? And in return, can Millie learn that she needs to start living for the moment and not for the likes?
Living My Best Li(f)e is a fabulous and heart-warming debut novel with two likable female protagonists, an adorable 5-year-old boy, and an entertaining storyline.
Two women. Bell is almost 40, newly single after spending ten years with a boring and pompous man. It is time for her to figure out what she wants to do with her life so she joins a photography class in the community centre where she meets Millie. Millie is an Instagram influencer whose inspirational posts with the hashtag #blessed attract many followers and a few haters, but, in reality, her life is far from perfect. She is on a budget, single, with a 5-year-old son, Wolf whose father keeps letting him down. From a casual meeting, a deep and close friendship is born and Bell and Millie learn to stand up for themselves and for the people they love.
The characters are mostly likable, but my favourite are the two protagonists. Millie and Bell are relatable, intriguing, and engaging, the kind of people you wish were your friends.
What I loved most about this brilliant novel is the friendships that develop page after page. The sense of community and the support are heart-warming and capturing. There is also some romance, work-life, and journeys of self-discovery. With a captivating and clear writing style, Claire Frost shows us how social media impacts our everyday life, how friendship and family are more important than the likes we get on our posts.
Living My Best Li(f)e is a feel-good, funny, and refreshing debut novel that already makes me look forward to reading the author’s next novels!
A huge thank you to Simon & Schuster UK, SJ, and Books and the City for providing me with an early copy of the novel.