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  • Writer's pictureLilac Mills

Don't Stop Me Now by Colleen Coleman


A hilarious feel good read about making lemonade when life gives you lemons, and finding the silver lining in every cloud.

Poppy Bloom planned to finish her PhD and walk straight into a job at her university. But here she is, unemployed, unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend, and living back at her mum’s in her vampire-themed childhood bedroom.

Not exactly what she was hoping for.

But when Poppy sets her mind to something, nothing can stand in her way. She scores herself an internship at the hottest radio station in town, joins a netball team, and renews her friendship with her oldest friend Leanne. Spending time with Leanne’s gorgeous twin Tom is just a bonus…

But life has a way of tripping you up when you least expect it, and Poppy soon has to decide where her priorities lie… With new friends, a new career and a new romance, can Poppy keep everyone happy, or is everything about to tumble down around her?


This is an onwards and upwards story all the way through, despite the setbacks the protagonist faces. Her problems don't seem dire or very large (although actually they were), and I think this is down to Poppy's continued and increasing successes and achievements. I particularly liked the fact that she sometimes makes her own opportunities and sometimes has opportunities thrust upon her. Whichever way, each time her life changes, it changes for the better and she comes to realise that not being given what she wants is actually a good thing.

The MC's learning curve and development is quite steep and all the way through this book I was infused with good feelings that everything would come together for Poppy in the end, but maybe not in a way she could have predicted.

About the Author

Colleen was born in Canada and raised in Ireland. She is the winner of the much-coveted Novelicious Undiscovered People’s Choice Award launched to find the next ‘chick-lit star’.

She spent years teaching English and Philosophy before finally taking a deep breath, scrunching both eyes shut, putting her pen to paper and vowing not to lift it again until she wrote the words 'the end'. As a result, her first novel, Don't Stop Me Now was born.

Colleen lives between London, Ireland and Cyprus with her very patient husband and very,very chatty twin daughters.

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