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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

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About The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway

This is no ordinary love story and Sam is no typical hero...but he is a hero.

Charming, quirky, and absolutely bursting with heart, this is the perfect book club read for fans ofThe Rosie Project, A Man Called Ove, and Eleanor Oliphant.

Sam Holloway has survived the worst that life can throw at you. But he's not really living. His meticulous routines keep everything nice and safe - with just one exception...

Three nights a week, Sam dons his superhero costume and patrols the streets. It makes him feel invincible - but his unlikely heroics are getting him into some sticky, and increasingly dangerous, situations.

Then a girl comes into his life, and his ordered world is thrown into chaos ... and now Sam needs to decide whether he can be brave enough to finally take off the mask.

Both hilarious and heart-warming, this is a story about love, loneliness, grief, and the life-changing power of kindness.

My review of The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway

The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway is all kinds of beautiful things. It's a story about the need for hope, of needing to belong, and that change and growth is possible, even in the most unlikely of circumstances. It's a love story, it's a story of self love, and of learning to love others. It is, quite simply, a beautiful and quirky read. And as you can probably tell, I loved it.

Sam is an unlikely hero. But, he is a likeable one. As we progress through the book we learn the deep meanings of why Sam needs to don his superhero outfit. I loved reading these passages of the book. They gave much needed light relief, while at the same time highlighting Sam's fragility and vulnerability. Sam is a broken man, a 'wanna be' hero, and I so badly wanted him to be made whole again.

Ultimately, this is a book about learning to love yourself. Learning to be valued and to be part of your community. At the beginning of the book, Sam is struggling. Yes, he has his own home, a job working in the Japanese factory, and a group of friends who he goes out drinking with; but, we quickly learn that underneath all of this he is merely passing through life, and not really living it. I loved Sam. He intrigued ne, and I wanted to dig up his past to find out what had happened to him.

We learn more about Sam's character when he meets Sarah. I read with baited breath, wondering if he would reveal his true identity to her. For me, these two characters were perfect together on the page. Both have secrets, both are wearing some kind of mask, and both need to learn how to live again.

The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway is a very different kind of romantic read, and I loved it because it was so very different. This is a clever and enjoyable read, with a love story at its very core.

With thanks to the publisher and @Phoebe_Swinburn for the paperback review copy.

The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway is published in ebook on May 31 and in paperback during August. It can be found on Amazon here.

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