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Fiona and the Whale by Hannah Lynn


With her life on the rocks, it is going to take a whale sized miracle to keep her afloat.

Event planner Fiona Reeves did not have her husband's sudden departure on her schedule. However, she’s certain that it's only a hiccup and he'll be back in no time, begging for forgiveness. Fortunately there’s a distraction of mammoth proportions swimming in the River Thames.

Absorbed by the story of Martha the sperm whale, Fiona attempts to carry on life as usual as she awaits her husband's return. However, nothing can prepare her for the dramatic turn of events that throw her life into ever greater turmoil. The road ahead has many paths and for Fiona it’s time to sink or swim.

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I like books with quirky titles, and this one drew me in straight away. And then some.

Read it, just read it - that's all I can say...

That's not going to be enough for you, is it? OK, then, I'll tickle your fancy a little more. Well written and with good characterisation, this story starts off in the way you would expect for a chick lit/ women's drama type of book. After her husband (who she doesn't appear to love) tells her he's leaving, Fiona goes into denial. When it becomes clear he isn't coming back, she's angry, yet doesn't appear to be heartbroken. But the plight of Martha becomes a catalyst, and gradually Fiona's world begins to disintegrate.The story, already good becomes even better when she begins to rebuild her world.

There are a couple or three parts in this book that are outside the box. In a good way. Although, if an author had told me in advance that they were going to slip those kind of little nuggets in, I'd have advised them not to. But they work. They really do! (I've got you intrigued now, haven't I? Go on, admit it...).

Then there is the message behind the romance which we all need to hear, especially now when the world is at a crossroads.

About the Author

Hannah Lynn is an award-winning novelist. Publishing her first book, Amendments - a dark, dystopian speculative fiction novel, in 2015, she has since gone on to write The Afterlife of Walter Augustus - a contemporary fiction novel with a supernatural twist - which won the 2018 Kindle Storyteller Award and the delightfully funny and poignant Peas and Carrots series. While she freely moves between genres, her novels are recognisable for their character driven stories and wonderfully vivid description. She is currently working on a YA Vampire series and a reimaging of a classic Greek myth. Born in 1984, Hannah grew up in the Cotswolds, UK. After graduating from university, she spent ten years as a teacher of physics, first in the UK and then around Asia. It was during this time, inspired by the imaginations of the young people she taught, she began writing short stories for children, and later adult fiction. Now as a teacher, writer, wife and mother, she is currently living in the Austrian Alps. For up-to-date news and access to exclusive promotions follow her on Facebook - Twitter @HMLynnauthor Goodreads - Bookbub -

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