Publication: 17th October 2019 – Headline Review
What would you do if you received a love letter that wasn’t meant for you?
Bea used to feel confident, outgoing and fun, but she’s not sure where that person went.
Over the last few months, she’s found herself becoming reclusive and withdrawn. And despite living with her two best friends, she’s never felt lonelier. To make things worse, she’s become so dependent on her daily routine, she’s started to slip out of everyone else’s.
But when a mysterious battered envelope covered in stars lands on her doormat, Bea wonders if she could find the courage to open it.
It isn’t addressed to her, but it could be… if you squinted…
I am delighted to welcome you on my stop on the blog tour for The Accidental Love Letter, the heart-warming and entertaining new novel by Olivia Beirne. I’d like to thank Anne Cater for inviting me to join the blog tour and Headline for providing me with a proof copy of the novel.
Let me start by saying that I loved the protagonist of the novel. Bea Smyth is altruistic, authentic, and so sweet… I just wanted to hug her and tell her that everything is going to be okay. She is a young woman who lives with her three best friend, she works as an assistant for the local newspaper, and she has a neighbour that collects her mail and one day she gives her a love letter mistakenly address it to her. Opening the letter will change her life as she finds herself volunteering at the local nursing home and befriending and taking care of engaging and witty residents.
The story is beautiful and well-written. The author brings the characters to life and you can’t help but like them (although there were also a few I found irritating). As I mentioned, the protagonist is adorable. She is a bit reclusive and introvert, but she doesn’t back down when it comes to helping others. Her character is slowly revealed, giving her a bit of a mysterious air, but the more I read the more I came to understand her and like her and I loved how she grows throughout the story.
Family, love, friendship, loss are all themes the author addresses creating emotional and uplifting moments. This is my first novel by Olivia Beirne, but it certainly won’t be the last, and if you are looking for a feel-good and enjoyable novel that I highly recommend you pick The Accidental Love Letter!
Olivia Beirne is the bestselling author of The List That Changed My Life and lives in Buckinghamshire. She has worked as a waitress, a pottery painter and a casting assistant, but being a writer is definitely her favourite job yet.
You can keep in touch with Olivia through her website oliviabeirne.co.uk, or via Olivia_Beirne on Twitter, olivia.beirne on Instagram and /Olivia-Beirne on Facebook.