“For you Mum. This is all for you”
Daisy has lost her mum to breast cancer. She’s at rock bottom and doesn’t think she’ll ever get back up again. Her best friend Abi has other ideas – she tells it like it is and she’s determined to make Daisy remember the person she used to be.
What Daisy doesn’t know is that, thanks to Abi, her life is about to take an unexpected turn, when she signs them up to do a charity walk. Added to which, someone is about to burst into Daisy’s world in a riot of colour reminding her that life can be full of surprises.
I kindly received Carry You in exchange of an honest review by the publisher via Netgalley.
Carry You by Beth Thomas was a book I have never expected to be approved to, so I was even happier when I received the mail Avon allowed my to access the title.
In Beth Thomas's debut novel we follow Daisy May Macintyre's story. With 28 years of age, Daisy has gone through a lot in her life. She falls in a deep hole of depressions after her mother died of breast cancer. Time passes and she doesen't even notice it. For many months she insolates herself from the real world. Spending days hididing in her living room, stuffing her face with jaffa cakes and watching her favourite movies. To make things worse, she lost contact to her sister and step fahther, who passed away shortly after her mothers dead. Life will never be the same. Daisy thought she will never get back to her old self. Thanks god, there is Abby, her wonderful best friend. To get Daisys life back on track, she signed the two of them up to the Moonwalk, a walk round London at midnight to raise money for charity. Will she have the strength to focus on her life again? Find a job, a flat, train for the marathon and maybe to fall in love too?
The book started really slow for me. It took me nearly half of the book to get into it. I was very close to put it down for good. I'm glad I didn't. I started to enjoy the story when Felix stepped into Daisys life. Things finally started to pick up in pace and ended up quite an enjoyable read.
I felt for Daisy and the horrible things she had been through. I know how it feels to loose a close family member, so I could relate to her in that part. For the rest of the story, I found myself struggling to sympathise with her. She annoyed me and I found her quite selfish at times too. I loved Daisy's obession with Hugh Grant and his films. Made me giggle quite a few times. I don't have a heart of stone but the story has not touched me. The author just couldn't transport the emotions the characters were feeling to me.
I enjoyed the Facebook comments starting with each chapter, they were quite funny at times too.
Abby and Felix are the highlight of the book. Two wonderfully developed characters. As you already know, Abby is Daisy's best friend. Everyone should have a person like Abby in her life. Abby can be describe as Daisy's lifesaver. Without her help she would have never got out of her hole. Their friendship bond is very strong. They both care so much for each other. That's what I really liked about their friendship. Abby is funny, caring and just the best friend everyone wishes for.
Abby organizes a walking partner for Daisy because of her full time job she can't walk with her every single day. It wouldn't be a chick-lit book if there is no romance inside. There is the point when Felix is turning up. I loved him right away. He made me smile so often. and has an icredible sense of humour. Just the things you are looking for in a great man. Both of the secondary characters got their own mini-plot which I enjoyed reading about.
Beth Thomas has managed to give the novel her own personal touch with her writing style. This is a good debut novel and I’m curious to discover what else the author has in store for us in the future.