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Book Review & Blog Tour: Painting Bananas by Amanda Paull

21st November 2020
This is definitely my type of book! From the first paragraph, I was seriously hooked! If you love a good rom-com with substance, then this is absolutely a book that I recommend for you. I know they say, “Never judge a book by it’s cover“, but you have to admit that the cover is wonderfully...READ MORE
Painting Bananas by Amanda Paull

This is definitely my type of book! From the first paragraph, I was seriously hooked!

If you love a good rom-com with substance, then this is absolutely a book that I recommend for you.

I know they say, “Never judge a book by it’s cover“, but you have to admit that the cover is wonderfully bright & cheerful and I’m happy to say that, so is the content inside – just the tonic we need for these, long, dark November nights.

Have a peek at the synopsis;

Painting Bananas

Painting Bananas is all about love, dreams and taking stock.

Two happy couples, one person from each on the verge of change. But as paths cross and plans unfold, will their spouses reveal their true colours?

Alison struggles with insomnia. She also hates her job and fantasizes about throttling her irritating oaf-of-a boss. Thankfully, her lifelong plan to return to university will soon be realized. After supporting her husband in his career for over twenty years, it’s now her turn. He’s rooting for her every step of the way. Or so she thinks.

Meanwhile, Christopher has a wake-up call with his health. Somehow, pre-diabetes has replaced his six-pack. He must take stock immediately. He realises that the perfect solution is right under his nose. He can’t wait to share his brilliant idea with his wife. The future looks good. But does she agree?

Will the spouses show their support? Or will Alison and Christopher start to wonder whether they really know their other halves?

Painting Bananas was written and formatted with British grammar, punctuation and humour. It is the second novel in Amanda Paull’s Cherry Dene series but can be read as a standalone story.

My Thoughts

First we meet Alison, and I have to say, I fell in love with her character immediately, literally on page 1, I found myself defending her against the old fashioned, male chauvinistic views she was being subjected to.

I also felt sorry for her situation, she’s a wife of 20 years and mother to twins, who is excited on embarking on her dreams and goals, she has a difficult life and I couldn’t wait for her to have enough and stand up for herself.

I wasn’t too sure about Christopher at first, but her grew on me, when we meet him, he’s a married working man, spending lots of time from home, trying to support his family but seems tired of working away most weeks, and wants some stability.

This book deals with serious issues such as, toxic work environments, what we sacrifice for those we love, relationships, men and women’s place in society, the importance of self-care and much more, but still manages to be so funny!

It’s fast-paced and gripping – it’s one of those books that make you say, “just a couple more pages” when you know you should be going to bed or starting the dinner 😉

Oh, I forgot to say, that this book is based in the UK , which made it ultra-relatable.

The Author – Amanda Paull

Amanda Paull – Author of Painting Bananas

Amanda Paull is a writer of humorous romantic fiction. She lives in the North East of England with her husband and works in the public sector. The inspiration for her stories comes from real life, which she tries to show the funnier side of by embellishing to the hilt.

Amanda’s Social Media Links

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Apaullfiction/      

Twitter https://twitter.com/Apaullfiction

Grab a copy of Painting Bananas to brighten up these winter nights – you won’t regret it!

Amazon Uk:   https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08GCLSKTQ           

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GCLSKTQ

Enjoy & happy reading!

Chanel x

Chanel Williams

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