The Secret to Falling in Love

Victoria Cooke

Contemporary Romance
Status Update: I’m going offline for a while… Wish me luck! xx Lifestyle journalist and thirty-something singleton Melissa hashtags, Insta’s and Snapchats her supposedly fabulous life on every social media platform there is. That is until she wakes up on her birthday, another year older and still alone, wondering if, for all her internet dates, love really can be found online? The challenge: go technology free for a whole month! Forced to confront the reality of her life without its perfect filters, Melissa knows she needs to make some changes. But when she bumps into not one, but two gorgeous men, without the use of an app, she believes there could be hope for love offline. If only there was a way to choose the right guy for her…

Welcome back everyone, I hope you weren’t disheartened by last week’s review. Today I have another Blog Tour, and I’m happy to say I enjoyed this one!

Story Overview

In this book we essentially follow our main girl, Mel, while she’s doing a challenge for work where she had to go completely technology free for a month and she how it changes her life.

With technology, she often ignored her surroundings and wasn’t having any luck finding any dates. Without technology she ended up with two guys essentially vying for her attention.

My Thoughts

When Mel writes her article about how we’re tied to our devices I couldn’t help thinking I’d already read this somewhere. But given how true it is I’m sure I have outside of books! But then for her boss to decide because it’s so well received that she has to go technology free and just enforces it without even giving her a chance to let her family and friends know
felt a little drastic!

But then again it’s a story so it worked.

The face that we then learn that a date she ends up with was completely set up by her boss really set me off. Seriously, isn’t that like illegal? So when Mel decides she’s going to quit once she can find a new job it felt amazing! Girl power all the way!

After that things got a little dicey for me. I didn’t feel as engaged as I wanted to be. But I can definitely say I was more engaged than I have been with some of my other reads.

Did it feel generic? A little bit.

Final Thoughts

The good news is girl power feels like the stronger theme throughout this book to me than the romance angle and I really loved it. I feel like now I’m getting closer to 30 I’m seeing more and more women settle because they feel like they need to be married and popping out kids.

So, for Mel to decide she’s ok being single and happy is amazing. I wish we preached this message more. Life’s happiness isn’t all about the value of the ring on your finger, how many kids you have etc. So, to read this message in a modern novel was great.

I wish more writers could include this in their books for more people to read. It’s empowering and I’m sure it embodies what most parents want for their kids. To make sure your happiness comes before pleasing others.

My last thing was I wish there was a TINY bit more to the epilogue! I just wanted to see the friends and family’s reaction to that final thing and I would’ve been happy!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, on Monday I will be reviewing The Writing Retreat on the Italian Lake by Lucy Coleman.

Continue to read further down to find out about the author and any extra giveaways available.

Author Bio

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education.

She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling.

Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man.

Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016.

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2 Replies to “The Secret to Falling in Love – Victoria Cooke”

  1. I’ m not sure how to feel about this one. Reading through your review, I found myself making a fact at the idea of the boss being the one to set up the date. The fact that you enjoyed it means that I won’t write it off entirely though. Thanks for reviewing!

    1. Yea there were a few moments where I was truly stunned and didn’t know what to think. But the overall theme and delivery of the story that I loved was way more prevalent then those negatives.

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