I was recently very kindly sent a copy of The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice to review, written by Katarina West.
Here’s the blurb:
“Meet Irene Nylander, a frumpy housewife from Finland… and a yo-yo dieter.
She feels trapped in an unhappy marriage, looking after her domineering mother-in-law
and living vicariously through romantic movies.
Meanwhile, in Florence, Mimi Kavanough’s star is rising. She has the body of a
Barbie princess, the iron will of an army sergeant – and Hollywood in her sights.
On her fiftieth birthday, Irene discovers her husband is having an affair.
Devastated, she prays for a way out: she wants to die.
In heaven, a mischievous angel called Aaron hears her prayers.
He decides to make Irene and Mimi swap bodies.
How will the two women cope with their unexpected, and very different,
second lives? And will Aaron’s meddling get him evicted from heaven?
What will happen if he has to transform into a human being and live on Earth?”
The story starts out following the life of Irene, a lady who is downtrodden in every sense of the word. She finds out on her 50th birthday that her husband is having an affair, leaving her feeling desperate for a way out. We also meet Mimi – a Hollywood celebrity with the world at her feet and a lifestyle to die for. This is a tale of body swapping but with a twist, there’s angels involved and they don’t all behave quite how you’d expect!
I think this is a really refreshing take on the whole body swap idea, you’re taken on numerous journeys throughout the story with lots of laughs but also lots of heart warming moments too. My favourite character has to be Irene, although she’s 50 and I’m 27 I do find I can relate to a lot of what she says!
Overall I really enjoyed this story, I found it easy to get into and I was kept wondering what was going to happen next the whole way through. This is definitely worth picking up if you want something to make you smile.
*I was sent an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.