Tuesday, 13 September 2016

BOOK REVIEW: The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter by Kate Winter

Rosie Potter wakes up dead. Seems nonsensical, but Rosie's predicament is exactly that. Rosie wakes from what she thinks in a terrible hangover to find that she's no longer living - she's a ghost, hanging around in the afterlife, it seems. Just how she got there, and why she's still able to wander freely round her village, are mysteries that Rosie is determined to solve.

Rosie has her suspicions about what happened to her and who did it, but solving the case of her death is proving more difficult than she envisioned, especially when nobody can see her (which could be a good thing, given the PJs she's wearing). That is, until she finally finds someone who can see her - her brother's best friend. Who, it turns out, is much more lovely than she remembered in life. Could she be falling in love even after she's died?

I love fun chick-lit reads with a ghostly twist - Heaven Can Wait by Cally Taylor and Kitty French's Melody Bittersweet and the Girls' Ghostbusting Agency are among by favourites - which is what intrigued me about this novel. Granted, the premise does seem quite upsetting, and I was bracing myself for a bit of an emotional rollercoaster! And yes, it is emotional. After all, Rosie has to deal with the fact that she's leaving her friends, family and entire life behind, as well as trying to piece together the events which led to her death. Not only that, but she might just be falling for the only person in the world who can actually see her.

However, Rosie Potter is also a hilarious novel. It's impossible not to love Rosie, whose bright, bubbly personality draws you in from the beginning. It's a novel full of laughs, with Rosie's search for answers taking her all around her home village, uncovering many secrets. Her humour shines through despite her unfortunate predicament!

I had a feeling I would love this novel, but I wasn't prepared for how lovely a story this is. And the ending is perfect. Sad, but perfect.

The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter is a wonderful read; emotional, but also uplifting. Kate Winter's talent is evident in this novel and I'm looking forward to reading more of her books in future.

Rating: 5/5

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