Blog Tour: Review - Waiting For You by Catherine Miller

Title - Waiting For You
Author - Catherine Miller
Publication Date - March 10th 2016
Publisher - Carina UK
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided via author)

You'd never guess that Fliss Chapron doesn't have it all...

All Fliss wants is to see two blue lines telling her she is pregnant with her much longed for second baby. But as the negative tests stack up, dreams of completing her perfect family feel more hopeless every day.

After years of disappointment, Fliss's husband Ben is spending more time at the office than in their marital bed, and Fliss finds herself wondering who could be responsible for their inability to conceive another child. Yet, where do you lay the blame when it comes to having a child - and can anyone really be at fault...

As Ben becomes increasingly distant, Fliss begins to question whether her desire for a baby is just sticking a plaster to save her marriage. Because in the end, how well can you ever know another person... even the man you're married to?

Waiting For You by Catherine Miller was a highly-emotional, moving novel, full of longing, hope and surprises waiting just around the corner. The topics raised within this book are ones that I have no personal experience of, yet Catherine Miller's emotive language allowed me to feel everything right beside Fliss. The yearning for another child, to provide her daughter Hollie with a sibling to share her childhood with, was weaved right the way through this novel, pulling the characters forward and onwards. From just the first few couple of pages, I was hooked and emotionally involved within the plot unfolding and I knew that I wanted to join Fliss during this part of her life.

What I really loved about Waiting For You was how many themes the author brings up within Fliss's story. There's the dissection of she and Ben's marriage, the focus on her daughter Hollie, the suspicions she begins to harbour, and secrets. This isn't just a straight road from beginning to end. It's intricate, displaying how one thing toppling over can eventually lead to the toppling over of other things in life, and Fliss has to deal with all of these and more throughout the novel. I really admired this woman, for how much she handled despite the internal war she was battling. Fliss was a strong, loving woman, despite the moments of sadness and weakness that the reader is witness to, and I wanted nothing more than for the author to hand Fliss what she wanted more than anything else in the world on a plate and be done with it. There's so much suffering to contend with, but I do know that, if the author had done this, I wouldn't have been able to dig deeper into Fliss's character and discover what she really was all about. She had hopes and dreams of her own, fears too, and when things began to take a surprising turn later on in the novel, I seriously hoped that Fliss would pull through.

The use of online forums and chat rooms to help Fliss through her trying times led her to make friends who were in the same or a similar position to her, which I felt this character definitely needed. It was sad because, despite Ben needing to have been there for her, he began to become more and more distant and so she turned to others for support. Thank God for friends, right? Here, Fliss found comfort that Ben (the idiot) couldn't provide. In fact, there were times throughout this book I could have happily wiped him from the novel completely because he wound me up so much, although again, his character needed to be included to add the conflict and confusion. These friends that Fliss made through the web were wonderfully special, the type of friends everyone needs around them when times are particularly hard and I was happy that Fliss had them there to boost her spirits and keep her going, because clearly Ben couldn't have cared less.

The pacing of this novel was spot-on for me, and when the television crew arrive after Fliss decides to document her emotional and physical journey, it speeds up even more. When faced with this proposition, Fliss really isn't sure that it's for her, but with Ben away so much and working late etc. she decides to go for it anyway, which nicely brings new character and friend Leon into the plot. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the relationships and friendships within this book change and take shape. They provided new outlets for Fliss and I think Leon came along at just the right time.

Ultimately, this was moving and tender novel about one woman's wish to complete her family. The characters were fantastic and led me down plenty of different roads, the themes explored opened my mind to numerous ideas and possibilities, and I think the author handled each topic with delicacy and the up-most care and respect. Her heroine Fliss was wonderfully created and I really wanted nothing but the best for her. Kind-hearted and warm-spirited, her journey was one full of ups and downs, and I finished this novel with a glorious happy sigh because it's just one of those books that, while digging deep into emotions, it still leaves you full of hope, love and with an eagerness for life.

Becca's Books is awarding Waiting For You by Catherine Miller with four of my bookish stars. The author knows exactly how to tug at your heartstrings at all of the right moments, and I can't wait to read more from Catherine Miller. I hope Fliss is incredibly happy, and that sounds so odd, seeing as she's a fictional character, but oh well. Just one of those bookworm habits, I guess.

Special thanks to Carina UK and Catherine Miller for providing me with a review copy of Waiting For You in exchange for a fair and honest review.

When Catherine Miller became a mum to twins, she decided her hands weren't full enough so wrote a novel with every spare moment she managed to find. By the time the twins were two, Catherine had a two-book deal with Carina UK. There is a possibility she has aged remarkably in that time. Her debut novel, Waiting For You, is due out in March 2016.

Catherine was a NHS physiotherapist, but for health reasons (Uveitis and Sarcoidosis) she retired early from this career. As she loved her physiotherapy job, she decided if she couldn't do that she would pursue her writing dream. It took a few years and a couple of babies, but in 2015 she won the Katie Fforde bursary, was a finalist in the London Book Fair Write Stuff Competition and highly commended in Woman magazine's writing competition. Soon afterwards she signed with Carina. Soon after that, she collapsed in a heap and was eventually revived by chocolate.

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