Welcome to my stop on today’s Blog Tour stops organised by the Bookollective. A big THANK YOU to them and the author for sending me a physical copy of the book for this tour.
So, without further ado let’s get into today’s tour for Fate by Design by M.J.Walsh
Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing Limited
Genres: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: 1st September 2020
“A mining town in Britain in 1951. Cassie’s husband Eddie disappears, leaving her to raise their young son. Despite no contact, maintenance payments are made. Cassie returns to work, supported by friends, and tries to build a new life. She is introduced to books and embarks on a journey of self-development and political activism. Trust is a barrier to new relationships – will that ever be resolved? While post war optimism continues, pit closures herald the town’s demise, leaving her decisions to make. The 1960s bring social change and unresolved issues reach a climax with dramatic revelations, concerning identity and fate. “
My Thoughts & Review
Fate by Design is an interesting historical fiction that follows Cassie who is trying to rebuild her life after her husband walked out on both her and their son without any sort of explanation.
The book is written in 3 parts, Survival, Transition and Resolution and told over a course of 15 year. In each part we learn how Cassie copes with rebuilding her life. Along the way we also see Cassie grow in independence, and making new friends and even finding new love. I liked how this was done as it made it easier to follow Cassie’s story.
Although though the book is well written and the story is interesting I did feel it was a bit of a slow burn at times. But I have to say I was quite shocked at the ending I didn’t see that coming at all.
There are a great set of characters in the book, some likeable and some not. The main character Cassie was really well written. She was very relatable. She came across as a strong person despite all the sets backs life was throwing at her and she just kept on going.
Although this is not a book I may have picked up on my own I’m very glad I took part in this tour as this turned out to be a good read. I would recommend this one to anyone who is a fan of historical fiction. Before I end this review I highly recommend that you read the author’s notes at the end of the book.