Blog Book Tour: Live A Little By Madeleine Reiss


[Ad – review. I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes and all thoughts are my own]

Today I am delighted to be involved in the book tour for Live A Little By Madeleine Reiss.  Madeleine Reiss was born in Athens. She worked for some years in an agency for street performers and comedians and then as a journalist and publicist. She has two sons and lives in Cambridge with her husband and younger son.


Lottie has always followed the rules, her life is comfortable and she is - finally, finally - marrying her long-term, reliable, boyfriend Dean.

Tina is carefree, wild and, maybe, just a little bit careless. She doesn't understand Lottie's obsession with settling down with 'dull Dean', there's so much to explore in the world.

The two sisters have drifted apart, living in different countries until the death of their older sister, Mia. Mia was the glue that held them together, made them a family and without her Lottie and Tina realise how little they know each other.

Desperate to remedy this, Tina convinces Lottie to cancel her hen do, fly halfway around the world and set out on a road trip across the US, just the two of them.

But Tina has one more thing up her sleeve to shake up Lottie's life - she must say yes to everything Tina suggests, no matter what.

Live A little isn't Madeleine Reiss first book however it's her first book by her that I have read.

On the surface the book seems to be about two sisters who go on a road trip to try and reconnect and find themselves. However it's more than that. It features the complexity of a sibling relationship between sisters who are completely different from each other. You have sensible and cautious Lottie, then you have Tina who is a wild, party animal. 
There is an older sister Mia who's death is what brings both Lottie and Tina together after realising how little they know about each other.

Having a sister myself I loved this heartwarming and funny at moments read. It shares the reality of what it's like to have a sister including how infuriating they can be as well as the love and laughter you have together. The story has such an intense and moving plot that's beautifully written. I definitely want to read more from Madeleine Reiss.

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