It’s my absolute pleasure to be welcoming the fabulous Jennifer Gilmour to my blog today to help spread a little book love. I’ll be sharing all the bookish facts in just a while after we’ve found out a little more about Jennifer.
Born in the North East, I am a young, married mum with three children. I am an entrepreneur, running a family business from my home-base and I have a large readership of other young mums in business for my blog posts.
From an early age I have had a passion for writing and have been gathering ideas and plot lines from my teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, I have amalgamated and fictionalised other survivors experiences alongside my own to write my first novel detailing the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again. I hope that in reading my book, I will raise awareness of this often hidden and unseen behaviour and empower women in abusive relationships to seek help for themselves and find the confidence to change their lives.
Rose is the mother of two young children, and finds herself living a robotic life with an abusive and controlling husband. While she struggles to maintain a calm front for the sake of her children, inside Rose is dying and trapped in ‘Isolation Junction’.
She runs an online business from home, because Darren won’t let her work outside the house. Through this, she meets other mums and finds courage to attend networking events, while Darren is at work, to promote her business.
It’s at one of these events that Rose meets Tim, a sympathetic, dark-haired stranger who unwittingly becomes an important part of her survival.
After years of emotional abuse, of doubting her future and losing all self-confidence, Rose takes a stand. Finding herself distraught, alone and helpless, Rose wonders how she’ll ever escape with her sanity and her children. With 100 reasons to leave and 1,000 reasons she can’t, will she be able to do it?
Will Tim help her? Will Rose find peace and the happiness she deserves? Can Rose break free from this spiralling life she so desperately wants to change?
Favourite book from childhood
Spot the dog, I can imagine the book in my head even now. I loved how he was always smiling and had his tail wagging or up in the air, perhaps I wanted to be cheered up all the time.
The first book you fell in love with
I loved Jaqueline Wilson’s books and in particular “Bad Girls” perhaps that was a reflection on the end of my childhood and going into my teens and how I felt as a girl. I have to admit I didn’t mind going home early from school or turning up late at class if I was bored of what they were teaching me.
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
Gerry Clark out of PS I love you, he makes my heart melt. I think the film helped that crush continue as well. I am a sucker for romantic gestures and so what Gerry did throughout the book simply played with my heart strings.
Weirdest book crush
The series from Louise Rennison starting with Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging, it wasn’t particularly cool to read this at school at the time. I loved these books and believe it was a true depiction of those early teen years and young messed up love, or at least in my opinion in this time of my life.
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
I have to admit that I have been a reader always wanting to get to the end to find out what happens, sometimes I have felt like ‘what am I going to read next’ or ‘what am I going to do with myself now’. I have never been part way through the book and thought I wouldn’t want it to end because ultimately I want to know the full story, some books I have then gone back to and read again and it has changed my view on reading that novel.
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
I have had the Fifty Shades series and the Twilight Saga series on the TBR pile for years, I fear I may have outgrown the want to read them but I have achieved reading one of the Fifty Shades at least. I feel I can’t not read them as they have been sat waiting on my book shelf so long and taking up the space that I should read them even if its not this year.
Guilty Reading pleasure
Surely I should pop either Harry Potter in here now that I am older or perhaps Fifty Shades, funny how when we grow up something we may have loved now turns into feeling slightly ashamed. I enjoy reading and I happen to read things that also get bad press through interest in the conversations in the media, I guess sometimes even bad news is still publicity for the said book. I am an open minded reader I guess so I take what I can to enjoy the book I am reading.
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
I would have to say Fiction because it brings so much diversity, imagination and fantastic to play around with as a writer, there are not many limits to using fiction. I do however admire those who write fantasy because I see this as a huge personal challenge to write but thoroughly enjoy reading other writers work because of this.
Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two. Is my favourite simply because I have followed J.K.Rowling and her Harry Potter series since I was around 10, I feel I grew up with these. I really enjoyed reading this book even if it was in script format.
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, it can be a challenge to read when you start the book but once you get into it you’re gripped and it has humour, romance, fantasy and entertainment within it that its perfect for a blind date.
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
I don’t know if this should also be a guilty pleasure as I am getting older now and I may not get taken as seriously when I say this. It has to be the Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling, I grew up with the books and they took me from my childhood into my adult hood- helped my imagination and also let me have some escapism.
Thanks Jennifer. A really interesting mix of books there. I don;t know if I’d have had you down as a Potterhead or a Christian Grey fan but just goes to show that you never can tell.
So what do you all think? Do you have the love for all things Hogwarts? Do you long for a little bit more of Anastacia and Christian? Was Spot The Dog your favourite childhood companion? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Have a fabulous weekend all but be sure to join me next week when one of my favourite bloggers Linda Hill, and author Catherine Kullman help me to share a little more #booklove.