As a long time fan, I am honoured to welcome Claudia Carroll to my blog today. Her fabulous new book Love Me or Leave Me launches today and I devoured it last weekend. It was emotional, romantic and funny so look out for my review in a few days. In the meantime, see the playlist that Claudia recommends listening to while reading the book. Nice choices Claudia and they match the book perfectly 🙂Love Me Or Leave Me by Claudia Carroll
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Love & Romance, Womens Fiction
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A captivating romantic comedy that will tug on your heart-strings. The characters feel like friends and you won’t want it to end! ‘Welcome to the Hope Street Hotel – where you check in married, and check out single.’
Two years ago Chloe Townsend was dumped at the altar and had to leave behind everything that mattered to her. Even now she’s finding it hard to move forward. That is until she lands an incredible job, running a brand new boutique hotel. Suddenly she’s starting to put her life back together, and, apart from the fact that her hard-to-please new boss is breathing down her neck, things are looking good. But what goes on in the Hope Street Hotel is a far cry from anything she’s ever dealt with before.
This is a pioneering ‘divorce hotel’ designed to make every aspect of breaking up efficient and pain-free. In one single weekend, Chloe’s team promises to take care of everything – legal, technical, emotional – and guests check out carefree and single. No one is better qualified than Chloe to understand what couples need when their relationship is at breaking point, but she soon finds herself having to tackle the heartbreak she’s tried to bury.
In particular three couples need her help – Jo and Dave, Lucy and Andrew, and Kirk and Dawn – and the opening weekend is full of revelation, trouble, memories happy and sad, facts that need facing, and some very big surprises. It’s time to move on. And it soon becomes clear that some endings are, in fact, very exciting new beginnings ...
Over to Claudia…
First of all, I have to confess that I really only ever listen to ‘feel good’ music when writing, hence apologies in advance for the amount of musicals that feature. I often think that if my iPod got nicked, who ever took it would swear it belonged to a gay man or a drag queen.
Anyway, here goes, the top 10….
Let it Go from Frozen.
What’s not to love about this movie? And this song is a pure anthem. I’ve got two fifteen-year-old goddaughters and they pair of them know every word of it by heart. What got me though, is that the film is so different from your typical Disney movie I‘d have grown up with, where heroine sits around and awaits rescuing by handsome prince. It’s about two sisters and their complex relationship. Men figure, but the heroine’s attitude is pretty much ‘meh.’ Love it.
Happy by Pharrell Williams.
What can I say? It’s just one of those irresistibly catchy songs that gets in on your brain and is still there three weeks later.
Rumour Has it by Adele.
Adele walks on water as far as I’m concerned and this is just so foot-stompingly good. A great one to have on your iPod, and go running to.
Dark Horse by Katy Perry.
The book I’m working on at the moment is about a very dark horse, so this one has particular appeal, shall we say!
Would I Lie to You, by the Eurhythmics.
Again, the book I’m working on is about a character whose whole online life is a lie, so this one inspires. As well as giving me a flashback to my youth. But the less said the better!
I have four heroines in LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME and I’ve got a special song to listen to for each one. First up is the story’s protagonist Chloe, who’s trying desperately to still believe in love, in spite of being stood up on her own wedding day. So here, can I pick ‘SOS,’ BY ABBA. Mainly because the first line of that song is…..yes, you’re already two steps ahead of me.
For Dawn, another character whose tale features in LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME, I chose Mona Lisa Smile by Seal. Love it and it always puts me in top form.
For Jo, another character who feature strongly in the book, I listen to Material Girl by Madonna. If you read the book, you’ll see why.
And for Lucy, my final heroine, I love Maneater by Nelly Furtado. It just seems to fit this character like a glove.
Lastly, can I pick Rock and Roll Suicide by David Bowie? I’ve loved it for years. Something about that line, ‘Time takes a cigarette…’ just gets me every time….well, you gotta have a bit of Bowie in there, don’t you?
11. And I know I was only allowed choose 10, but I have to squeeze in Beautiful Day by U2. Because you have to include U2 in this country. It’s law.