Today I come to you with a really exiting post – Susan Roebuck’s Blog Tour has reached Helen Loves.
Here’s what I thought of the book:
As you may have noticed, I’ve been enjoying my travels the past few months. One thing I love to do on holiday is read. I usually just opt for a chick-lit, but as you can imagine, I’ve read more than my fair share recently, so I was excited to review this book as it seemed to have a bit more substance to it.
I downloaded the book onto my Kindle, settled into my sun lounger on the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and quickly became engrossed. We meet Alex Finch and Sam Barrowdale, as they have an unfortunate misunderstanding. We quickly see that the two are from completely different backgrounds, yet they equally have had troubled starts to life. Alex has been adopted by his wealthy, powerful Uncle and doesn’t know what has happen to his father. Sam, on the other hand lives on the streets and does what he can to survive.
Years later, Alex is now a rich, handsome and talented singer/songwriter who longs for two things: a career as a professional rock singer, and to have his love for Sam reciprocated. But drifter Sam’s two aims are simply to earn enough money to pay his sister’s medical bills and to hide from the world his reading/writing and speech disability. At this time the word “dyslexia” is generally unknown so to most people he’s just a “retard”. From the severe knocks life’s dealt him, Sam’s developed a tough outer coating and he has no time for a spoilt, selfish guitar player.
Despite his defects, Alex’s love for Sam never wavers and when Sam unexpectedly disappears, Alex begins a somewhat bungling quest to find him, only to discover that Sam has a fearful enemy: Alex’s powerful and influential yet sociopathic uncle.
As Alex spirals downwards towards alcoholism, many questions need answering. Just why did Alex’s evil uncle adopt him at age eleven yet deny him any affection? And what’s the mystery behind Alex’s father’s death?
Both seem to face unbeatable odds. Are they doomed to follow separate paths forever?
I love the fact that Roebuck builds deep emotional characters. You really feel for them both after their experiences. You really want Alex and Sam to get together and get that happily ever after you know they both deserve.
Overall, I have to say this is definitely a thought provoking read. On occasion however, I felt the need to re-read chapters to put the ‘pieces back together’, so to speak. I would say, if you were to read this book, then properly take the time to read and understand the extraordinary depths this book has to offer. My oversell score is 7/10.
Fancy getting hold of the Book
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11548313-perfect-score
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Score-Susan-Roebuck-ebook/dp/B0713Z2B7L/
Want to know a bit about the author, Susan Roebuck
Susan says: My first love is, of course, my husband, my second writing, and my third painting. And now I have time to be able to indulge in all three.
My debut novel, “Perfect Score” was published by Awe-Struck Publishing on Sept 21, 2010 and the paperback was launched on May 11 2011. In May 2017 Mundania Press re-released the ebook.
Perfect Score was an EPIC (Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition) finalist in the 2012 EPIC e-Book Awards in the Mainstream Category.
“Perfect Score” is set in mid West USA in the 1960s and is a story about family relationships, corruption, growing up, integrity, responsibility, and being a man of worth in a society of the worthless.
“Hewhay Hall” is my second novel, published by Etopia Press on April 20, 2012. It has won the EPIC (Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition) 2013 e-Book Award in the Horror Category (an EPPIE)
You can find the other tour dates as follows (pop over and say hello):
Monday 19th June YA Under My Skin
Tuesday 20th June Portable Magic
Wednesday 21st June What’s Better Than Books
Thursday 22nd June A Books Eternal Glory
Friday 23rd June Blue Striped Square
Saturday 24th June Summer Reads and Moonlight Dreams
Monday 26th June Ali the Dragon Slayer
Tuesday 27th June Birdie Bookworm
Wednesday 28th June Helen Loves
Friday 30th June Big Book Little Book
Saturday 1st July Man of Words
Lots of love,