Blog Tour: Review - Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky


Title - Blueprints
Author - Barbara Delinsky
Publication Date - February 26th 2016
Publisher - Piatkus
Format - Paperback (Provided via publisher)
Pages - 512

Blurb
Home is where the heart is...

But what happens when a mother and daughter are forced to question everything they thought they knew about themselves?

Jamie MacAfee's life is almost perfect. She loves her fiancée, even if she hasn't quite worked out why she won't set a wedding date and she certainly adores her job, working as an architect on their family home renovation show. Meanwhile, her beloved mother Caroline has built up her confidence after a painful divorce, working closely alongside her daughter as the very successful host of Gut It! Everything is going to plan, until the lives of both women are changed overnight.

When the TV network plan to replace Caroline with Jamie as the show's host, Caroline is left feeling horribly betrayed - and old in the eyes of the world. Then tragedy strikes, leaving Jamie to guardian to her small orphaned step-brother and fiancée to a man who doesn't want the child.

Review

Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky is the first novel I've read by this author. When I was first contacted about taking part in the blog tour, I couldn't wait to discover what this book was all about. The blurb reeled me right in with talk of family dramas and issues which is something I adore sinking my teeth into. It sounded meaty and packed with themes for the author to explore and how having read, I believe Barbara Delinsky did a very good job of exactly that.

Jamie and Caroline both work hard at their home renovation show Gut It!, Caroline being the host, favoured by viewers all over the world. Jamie, on the other hand, adores the renovation side of things, the building of homes and turning them into something beautiful. Everything changes though, when the network let Jamie in on their plans to replace Caroline with none other than her very own daughter. Having only just managed to re-build her confidence after her divorce, this comes a huge blow to Caroline, and I couldn't wait to see how the novel would progress from this point onwards.

One thing that truly shone through to me was the relationship between Caroline and Jamie. Despite the things that develop, it was clear that beneath the cracked surface, their love for each other was stronger than anything that came tumbling their way. Both women go through a number of changes throughout this novel, and I enjoyed seeing how they overcame those issues and began to grow and change as characters. There were a number of secondary characters which brought a certain light to the novel when the topics began to get slightly heavy. Well thought-out with unique and interesting personalities, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each of them in turn.

For me, personally, I felt that part-way through the novel, the pace was lost a little bit. It wasn't enough to deter me from continuing to read, but I did lose interest until things picked up again later on, when tragedy struck and took these characters away from their own struggles, I suppose, towards something much more life-changing. Watching how Jamie coped when the worst happened, and seeing the effect of this event on the surrounding characters, was interesting and added a whole new dynamic to the story itself.

As you know, I do love a good family drama and just as in real life, Barbara Delinsky captures the pressures, drama and unforeseen events that very often come hurtling towards us when we least expect it perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed Blueprints and I'd love to take a look through the author's previously published novels to pick up another.

On that note, Becca's Books is awarding Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky with four bookish stars. With so many themes explored and characters introduced, there was so much to discover and it was wonderful.

Special thanks to the publisher for providing with a review copy of Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Author Bio


Barbara Delinsky is the author of over seventy novels, with over 30 million copies in print. Her books regularly appear on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Reminiscent of Debbie Macomber, Diane Chamberlain and Nora Roberts, Delinsky has a legion of committed fans, her writing is romantic, warm, emotional and consuming and appeals to both lovers of romance and of women's commercial fiction.

You can find Barbara Delinsky on Facebook | Twitter | barbaradelinsky.com




  
   








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