Blog Tour: Fiona and the Whale | Review

Blog Tour: Fiona and the Whale | Review

Thank you again so much to Rachel’s Random Resources for including me in this blog tour! This is the last day of the tour, and there have been some great posts so far, so be sure to click on the banner above to check them out.

Fiona and the Whale

by Hannah Lynn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: October 7, 2019
Page Count: 344 pages

Possible Trigger Warning: Animal Death

With her personal life on the rocks, it’s going to take a whale sized miracle to keep her afloat.

Event planner Fiona Reeves did not have her husband’s sudden departure on her schedule. However, she’s certain that it’s only a hiccup and he’ll be back in no time, begging for forgiveness. Fortunately there’s a distraction of mammoth proportions swimming in the River Thames. 

Absorbed by the story of Martha the sperm whale, Fiona attempts to carry on life as usual as she awaits her husband’s return. However, nothing can prepare her for the dramatic turn of events that throws her life into ever greater turmoil. The road ahead has many paths and for Fiona it’s time to sink or swim.

Fiona and the Whale is a poignant and often hilarious contemporary fiction novel. If you enjoy topical tales, second chances and a little bit of romance, you’ll love this new book from the Kindle Storyteller Award Winner, Hannah Lynn.

Hannah Lynn is an award-winning novelist. Publishing her first book, Amendments – a dark, dystopian speculative fiction novel, in 2015, she has since gone on to write The Afterlife of Walter Augustus, a contemporary fiction novel with a supernatural twist – which won the 2018 Kindle Storyteller Award and the Gold Medal for Best Adult Fiction ebook at this year’s IPPY Awards – and the delightfully funny and poignant Peas and Carrots series.

While she freely moves between genres, her novels are recognisable for their character driven stories and wonderfully vivid description.

She is currently working on a YA Vampire series and a reimaging of a classic Greek myth.

Born in 1984, Hannah grew up in the Cotswolds, UK. After graduating from university, she spent ten years as a teacher of physics, first in the UK and then around Asia. It was during this time, inspired by the imaginations of the young people she taught, she began writing short stories for children, and later adult fiction Now as a teacher, writer, wife and mother, she is currently living in the Austrian Alps.

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Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Arboretum Press for this free copy.

Animal Death

**This content warning was included by the author for this tour.

I honestly don’t know what I was expecting when I read the synopsis for this book, or saw the title. I usually go into books from Rachel with an open mind, because she and her tours really get me out of my comfort zone. I don’t know why I thought that the idea of having a whale involved would be something charming and fun, but I was definitely dead wrong.

The reason why the whale is involved, why the whale is important to the story, is because of the ever prominent issue of pollution in our oceans today. Most specifically, plastic being eaten by our sea life and killing them. Besides the obvious, why is this important to the story?

One of Fiona’s son’s old plastic toys was found in the stomach of the whale. That brings back a lot of memories of when her family was happy and complete. Now, her son is grown up and out of the house, and her husband cheated on her with another woman and left her. It seems like everything is coming to a head with that realization, and it’s enough to make Fiona’s life come crashing down.

This was the kind of book that brings important issues together in a way that is relatable to just about anyone. Even if you personally haven’t gone through the heartbreak of the one you love leaving you for another person, in essence destroying your very heart and soul, you can feel empathy for what Fiona went though. And to see what she does in the aftermath of this pain, and seeing that she doesn’t just lie there and take it anymore, is uplifting and inspiring for anyone that may be thinking of letting things lie as they are.

9 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Fiona and the Whale | Review

  1. Oh this sounds super interesting! I like the idea of using the whale to explore human relationships and bringing in the concept of environmentalism. Wonderful review Leelynn! <3333333

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