#BookClub Feature – Living My Best Li(f)e by SJV
This heart-warming and funny novel is the perfect balm for the insta-weary mind – get ready to shatter the illusion that is #LivingMyBestLife
Bell never thought she’d be facing her 40th birthday single. 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. Sick of being bombarded by #blessed on social media and feeling like her life doesn’t live up to everyone else’s, she decides it’s time for a change; time to find out who she really is, not who she thinks she should be.
Enter Millie, a successful online influencer posting under the handle @mi_bestlife. But as a single mum trying to make ends meet and stay ahead of the younger generation snapping at her heels, her Instagram feed is far more #BestLie than #BestLife. With the internet trolls continuing to bring her down and an ex who cares more about playing football than seeing their son, Millie begins to wish her life was more like her filters.
It isn’t until Millie and Bell’s paths cross that the two women begin to realise what they’re missing. Will Bell finally learn to live life for herself? And will Millie see that she needs to start living for the moment and not for the likes?
I’m absolutely delighted to be able to start sharing some very early #BookClub reviews!
First up is Rachel Gilbey, who says ‘What a truly joyous debut novel, a book filled with a lot of fun, an adorable child, two fabulous main characters, and a message about social media too. Living My Best Li(f)e is just the sort of book I love reading, its funny, there are great new friendships, there is a hint of romance, a gorgeous guy, new hobbies, characters standing up for themselves, and a real community feel to the book too. I felt right at home with Claire Frost’s writing style, and her sense of humour. If I hadn’t known I would never have guessed this was a debut, the story flowed that well and I was completely swept up in it. Thoroughly enjoyable book, that I have adored reading in the garden in the sun!’
Zarina says ‘Finished it in almost one sitting, it’s *that* good! Relatable, fresh and fun, with great characters I want to be friends with!’
Michelle says ‘An on trend read that is inspiring and so relatable. I laughed my way through this. Living My Best Life is going to be the read of 2019 for sure!’
Charlene says ‘Fun, warm, witty and life affirming’
Carly says ‘Loved every single page! A fantastic, well-written book for social media addicts!’
Chloe says ‘This is a story of enlightenment, friendship and community spirit; the perfect book to unwind to’
Bronagh says ‘Deliciously heartwarming and fun, ‘Living My Best Life’ is a fantastic debut from Claire Frost. Filled with humour, warmth and relatable characters, this book shows the powerful portrayal of social media and the challenges of starting over.’
Linda says ‘Living My Best Li(f)e is a fresh, entertaining and modern read that I enjoyed. I’d love to think Claire Frost has given media obsessed readers the strength and permission to be themselves and not who they think others might want them to be as this is the very powerful message at the heart of the book.’ Read her full review here.
Claire Frost grew up in Manchester, the middle of three sisters. She always wanted to do a job that involved writing, so after studying Classics at Bristol University she started working in magazines. For the last 10 years she’s been at The Sun on Sunday’s Fabulous magazine, where she is Assistant Editor and also responsible for the title’s book reviews. She can mostly be found at her desk buried under a teetering TBR pile.
Claire says, ‘When it comes to women’s fiction, the Books and the City dream team are the best in the business, so when they gave me the opportunity to work with them I couldn’t say yes fast enough. As a debut author, knowing that I have the support and knowledge of the team behind me at all times is invaluable. I can’t wait to begin my author career with the Digital Originals crew and the wider S&S family.’