Welcome to my tour stop for Love’s Long Road by . Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for my stop on the tour! Check out my review and let me know what you think.
Glasgow, 1975. How do you cope when your boyfriend kills himself because of you?
WhenBobbie Sinclair’s boyfriend commits suicide and blames her, she vows never to love again. Instead she chooses to lead a double existence, kind-hearted by day and promiscuous by night. She increasingly struggles to maintain the balance between light and dark and soon finds herself sucked into the world of a controlling and ruthless crime lord from which she must escape.
Set against a vibrant but seedy 1970s Glasgow backdrop, Love’s Long Road plots Bobbie’s desperate plight. Starting a new life but constantly afraid of her past catching up with her, she battles danger, adversity and drug addiction on the long and perilous road back to love.
Love’s Long Road is about dealing with the guilt of terrible events in your past and the risk of being corrupted by the world around you; it is a story that captures to perfection what it was like to be young and single in the 1970s.
Love’s Long Road is a perfect example of why I love being a book blogger and participating in tours. While I may have come across this gem at some point, I am so glad I didn’t have to wait.
This novel is set in Glasgow, 1970s, and because of the author’s time in that area during a the same time period, it’s no wonder this feels realistic. It was as if I stepped into a time machine and was sent back to the 70s. I love when I’m immersed in a novel like this and G.D. Harper brilliantly achieved this immersion!
I felt as though Bobbie, our main character, was deeply well written and perfectly flawed. A naive woman, ready for an adventure. When her boyfriend dies by suicide shortly after her ending their relationship, she turns into a shell of what she used to be. Ridden with guilt and devastated she limits her emotions and has one night stands to avoid future relationships. She turns to bad choices and learns the hard way. I love how realistic this reaction is. Everyone would deal with a loss like this in different ways, but it felt emotionally accurate for Bobbie to act this way.
A plot full of substance and insight, Love’s Long Road took me on a journey of a woman who transformed from a naive, but determined woman to a guilt-ridden, and self-sabotaging woman. I felt this story was imaginative and managed to elicit many emotions from me. I am glad to have read this one and I definitely recommend it.
I was placed third in the 2015 Lightship Prize for first-time authors, won a 2016 Wishing Shelf Award Red Ribbon, been shortlisted at the UK Festival of Writing for Best First Chapter, longlisted in the 2017 UK Novel Writing Competition.
In 2017, I was one of twelve authors selected for Authors in the Spotlight at the Bloody Scotland book festival in Stirling, showcasing who they considered to be the best emerging talent in crime fiction, and was the only self-published author to be chosen. I have spoken at numerous other book events, including Blackwells’ Writers at the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; a stand-alone slot at the Byres Road Book Festival in Glasgow, and the Aye Write! Book Festival, also in Glasgow.
I went to Glasgow University in 1975 and lived in the city’s West End, the time and place for the setting of the majority of Love’s Long Road.
Let me know what you think!