Thursday 28 January 2016

Review of The Birthday That Changed Everything by Debbie Johnson - Five *


She wanted a birthday surprise, just not the one she got…

The last thing Sally Summers expected from her husband on her special day was that he’d leave her for a Latvian lap dancer half her age. So with her world in tatters, Sally jets off to Turkey for some sun, sea and sanctuary.

The Blue Bay resort brings new friends and the perfect balm for Sally’s broken heart in gorgeous Dubliner James. He’s just the birthday present she needs. And when the chemistry between them continues to spark as the holiday ends, Sally wonders if this is more than just a summer fling.

But James has scars of his own and Sally isn’t quite ready to turn her back on her marriage. This birthday might have changed everything, but what will the next one bring?


I'd give this amazing book ten stars, if I could! It's a while since I became so immersed in a story. Even when I was trying to get on with other things, it was there, at the back of my mind. It has everything: One liners, love, sex, tension, sun, sea and even rock & roll (well, karaoke anyway!).

It is incredibly funny, incredibly sad and keeps you guessing to the very end! I loved the idea of focussing on a group of people who meet once a year on holiday in Turkey. The main storyline follows Sally and her family and we see more of them during the rest of the year, but the action mainly takes place in Turkey.

Sally's family is wonderful - Lucy (more like Lucyfer) her daughter, Ollie her son and Simon her husband. Maybe Simon not so much, but I'll say no more. I really felt as if I was part of the family!

Over the years, you see the children and teeagers maturing and the adults adapting to major changes in life. Even at their lowest, Debbie still allows humour to relieve the situations.

I was so sad when I finished it. I'll miss them all and will definitely reread this!

I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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