I recently had the privilege to take part in the cover reveal for An Artisan Lovestyle, and I am so happy that today I finally get to tell the world what I think of the latest offering from Kiltie Jackson. I fell in love with her debut novel A Rock & Roll Lovestyle earlier this year, so the follow up had big shoes to fill. Was it up to the challenge? Read on to find out.
Are you ‘living’ your life or just living your life?
Elsa Clairmont was widowed barely five years after marrying her childhood sweetheart. She has struggled to come to terms with the loss and, six years later, has almost ceased to live herself. She does just enough to get by.
Danny Delaney is the ultimate ‘Mr Nice Guy’. He’s kind, caring and sweet. A talented artist in his teens, his abusive mother ruined his career in art and he turned his back on his exceptional gift. Now, he does just enough to get by.
On New Year’s Eve, both Danny and Elsa die in unrelated accidents.
Thanks to some poker playing shenanigans, Elsa’s husband Harry, and Danny’s old Art teacher, William, manage to orchestrate a deal with Death that allows Danny and Elsa to live for one more year on the condition they both agree to complete three tasks. They have until the last chime of Big Ben on the 31st December to fulfil their quests.
If they succeed, they stay in the world of the living.
If they should fail however…
‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is a story of personal growth and self-discovery as two people find themselves forced to make overdue changes in their lives, changes in other people’s lives, and all with the added challenge of finding true love before their time runs out.
Will they do it?
Can they do it?
After all, it’s a matter of Life or Death…
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To answer the question raised at the beginning of this post, I am pleased to report that An Artisan Lovestyle more than met my high expectations following A Rock & Roll Lovestyle (incidentally, if you haven’t read this yet, why not? Off you go, buy it now!) Slipping between the pages and rediscovering my favourite characters felt like coming home, with Kiltie’s easy, conversational style of writing greeting you like a mug of hot chocolate and a fleecy blanket (I’m having cravings for winter as I struggle through this heatwave!). As lovely as it was to see these old friends again, perhaps even more wonderful was getting the chance to better acquaint yourself with some of their loved ones who you had previously only had a little peek at. With the exception of the vile Sandra, I challenge you not to take each and every character straight into your heart.
An Artisan Lovestyle presents the unique premise of being given a second chance after death to change your life and start over, and to really live. At one level, this book is a lovely tale of two people who are given a second chance at finding happiness after wasting years just plodding through life, but on a deeper level it is a thought-provoking read that makes you really think about whether you are truly living, or just going through the motions. If you had a finite timeline in which to make some changes and really start living, what would you do? I know there are a few things I would change.
One character I feel deserves a special mention is Death himself. He had me in stitches. I am a big fan of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, and Death is my all time favourite character in the series. Well, Kiltie Jackson’s Death is right up there with him in my opinion. He deserves his very own novel about his adventures!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kiltie grew up in Glasgow in Scotland. This is a very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life. When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then, after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.
Kiltie currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one grumpy husband. Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having plenty of moggies, there are no towers! The cats kindly allow her and Mr Mogs to share their house on the condition they keep paying the mortgage!
Kiltie loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles. She really dislikes going to the gym! Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job and write her stories for a living.
Kiltie’s debut novel, ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’, was released in September 2017 and won a “Chill With A Book – Reader Award” in December 2017. She first began writing her debut novel eleven years before it was released but shelved it as she didn’t think it was very good. In November 2016 when, having read more on a best-selling author who had begun her own career as a self-published author, she was inspired to revisit the unfinished manuscript and finally finish what she had started. Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing.
‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is the second book in the Lovestyle Series. Work is due to begin on book three (not yet titled but also part of the Lovestyle Series) in the Summer of 2018. She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and the ideas still keep on coming.
Kiltie now lives her life around the following three quotes:
“I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!”
“Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?”
“Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”
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Thank you so much to the lovely Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for enabling me to take part in this blog tour, and to the equally lovely Kiltie Jackson for writing yet another wonderful book! Please have a look at the other blogs taking part on the tour for some extra special content.