The Reason by Catherine Bennetto

If money wasn’t an issue, what would you do to make someone smile?

Brooke’s life isn’t going to plan. Her career as an events planner has stalled, her parents won’t leave her alone and her daughter is desperately unhappy at school. But the reason for all this is no secret or mystery. Just under a year ago her husband died.  

But now Brooke does have a secret. Her husband’s death, the worst thing that ever happened to her, has made her unbelievably rich.
Despite how low she feels she suddenly has the power to make her daughter’s life and the rest of the world a little brighter.

Please check out the other fabulous reviews. I’m posting my review slightly early due to the state funeral of HM The Queen on the planned date.

My thoughts:

Thank you Simon and Schuster for the invitation to join the blog tour and for a copy of this fabulous book. This is the first book I’ve read by Catherine Bennetto and I look forward to reading more in the future.

I loved spending time with Brooke, her family and friends, and felt bereft when I finished reading this beautifully written and emotional book. This is a rollercoaster ride of emotions, and the speed of change between the pain of grief and bullying to the humorous antics of Brooke’s parents and their assortment of animals and foreign house guests ensures that this is an uplifting read.

Brooke’s life changed when her husband died. It changes again when she receives a large sum of money due to the death. All she wants is to have her husband back, not to have a bank account full of money. Her daughter, Hannah, is being bullied at school, and Brooke decides to do something with the money to make Hannah smile again.

I loved the idea of the #No Reason campaign – full of random acts of kindness that help Brooke and Hannah make a difference to others, and to work together to plan the events. I could spend hours sharing more of my favourite sections of the book, but I suggest you read Catherine’s beautiful book rather than my ramblings!

This book has jumped into my top five books of the year, I wish I could award more than five stars and I’m excited to recommend it. The book is now available in bookshops, in Sainsburys and in libraries.

Author Bio (from Goodreads):

Catherine Bennetto was born in New Zealand to a British father and Kiwi mother. She studied a variety of things at University, including Design and Biomedical Science, before settling on a career in television production.

Catherine, her husband and their two young boys have spent the past few years being permanent residents of nowhere – going where the work takes them. They’ve lived in Australia, England, the Caribbean, Hungary, Malaysia and South Africa, and have learnt some useful tricks for entertaining children along the way. 

In 2013 she gained a place on Curtis Brown Creative’s inaugural online novel writing course.

My review copy

By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.


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