Friday, 15 May 2015

Blog Tour: The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) by Kate Winter

TitleThe Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP)
Author: Kate Winter
Published: 21st May 2015
Publisher: Sphere

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) by Kate Winter and I have a review to share with you :). All the other stops on the tour are listed below, so do stop by their blogs for some other great content!






Review

The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter was a brilliantly quick read, that despite the underlying sad tone, lifted my spirits and had me smiling.

When Rosie wakes up one day thinking she must have had quite a serious night on the tiles, what she actually discovers is that she is dead! She doesn't know how this happened and why she is still hanging around as a ghost, stuck in her most horrendous pyjamas. Rosie knows that she must figure out what happened and understand why she is still here. As the mystery slowly begins to unfold, she finds out there are loads more secrets buried in the village of Ballycarragh than she realised and not everyone is as nice on the surface as they are on the inside. With an unlikely ally, Rosie starts to investigate who could have killed her and that life after death is so great afterall, especially when you are falling in love.

This was a story very unlike any other I have read before, purely because although Rosie has died, which should be a very sad thing, the story itself is very lighthearted. It's quite rare to come across a chick lit novel that has death as focus of the story and despite my reservations it actually worked well.

What also made this novel so enjoyable was that the main character Rosie is so likable. Many a time I found myself laughing at her thoughts and sayings and how she used her ghostliness to cause a bit of havoc and at one point I was in fits. So even though you do feel really sorry for her and her situation, this kind of takes a back seat in the story and instead it was a really enjoyable read.
The mystery element of the story also worked well as we flit back to the events leading up to Rosie's death and start to unravel the other characters secrets. It kept the story going and it was easy to just continue reading. 

It was a very pleasant surprise to find that this book wasn't sad or all doom and gloom and I am impressed that Kate Winter managed to make this work. I also had no idea how this was going to end and the author manages to throw in an unexpected twist to Rosie's tale. And the epilogue very nicely rounds everything off, which we don't get a lot of in books.

Overall this was a surprisingly light, happy read that Kate has cleverly managed to make work. I look forward to more from her.


    


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