I’ve been curious to know what book blogger tours are about, I’ve seen them talked about on Twitter and thought it was a load of book bloggers literally touring together, maybe following an author on a bookshop signing tour like a bunch of groupies. I saw the lovely Jenny from Jenny In Neverland was organising a tour and asked her what the heck it all means. Turns out it’s just regular book blogging from the comfort of your own home, but a group of bloggers all agree to review the same book on different days of the same week, and the author drops by each blog and shares the reviews with their followers. The benefits for you are that you get a free book to review (often before it’s released, or the week of release), you can build up your audience as other book bloggers will be taking part and promoting the tour, and if it’s an author you’re particularly interested in you can have the chance to do a Q&A with them and know that they are definitely going to read your review. It’s book blogging as normal, but with some added perks, not least getting introduced to books you may not have chosen for yourself. If it’s something you’re interested in trying, have a word with Jenny who organises regular tours.
Which brings us on to the book I’m reviewing, a Vicarage Reunion by Kate Hewitt. This was such a cosy read, perfect for the horrible weather we’ve been having – I’ve loved being snug under a blanket and consuming this with lots of tea and biscuits. It’s part two of a four-book series about four thirty-something sisters who grew up in the vicarage of a chocolate-box English village. Each book focuses on a different sister and her love life, and you can totally read them as stand alones. A Vicarage Reunion is about Esther, the oldest sister, who has left her husband and moved back home after tragedy strikes. She’s surprised when her husband, Will, comes after her to save their marriage, as he’s been emotionally closed and a man of few words. It’s a book about being at a crossroads in life, choosing to start afresh or give a marriage another go, and doing all this in the home you grew up in. For Esther she has the headache of the village being small and gossipy, all eyes are on her and her predicament. I like that the book ticks lots of pleasing romance novel boxes about a build up of tension, a charming location, and several spanners being thrown into the works, but it also discusses tough issues women face. It reminds me a bit of A Vicarage Family, the novel by Noel Streatfeild about sisters growing up in a vicarage. But they were children, and the Holley sisters of Hewitt’s series are women. Cosy setting aside, the struggles of adulting in this novel are real and relatable.
You can buy A Vicarage Reunion here on Amazon