Title: My Virtual Life
Author: Sharon Dempsey
Publisher: Bombshell Books
Genre: Women’s Fiction
My Rating: 5 out of 5
Glamorous lone parent, Stella wants nothing more than to impress her teenage daughter. She has spent her life shielding Tara from her religious upbringing and has never told Tara about her father. But when they move back to Belfast, hiding the past becomes tricky.
Stella lands her dream job as fashion editor at a teen magazine and Tara thinks she will die of shame. Later, Tara starts a blog to pour out her teenage angst and begins working at a home for rescued animals run by the reclusive, enigmatic Nora.
When Tara’s blog takes off, a rival magazine offers to publish it as a column, putting her in a difficult situation.
Will Tara risk hurting her mother in order to achieve her dream of being a writer? Can three generations of one family, who struggle to understand each other ever develop real bonds?
I really enjoyed this book, and getting to know the characters of Tara and Stella really well. I loved reading the story through the style of the Blog post entries – it added a fun twist to the story.
I really enjoyed the story being from Tara’s point of view – it was nice to follow the success of Tara, and to see how Stella deals with the success of Tara’s writing career taking off. I really enjoyed seeing the dynamics of the mother/daughter relationship develop within the story.
My Virtual Life is a lovely story about families, and the every day struggles that families go through, but ultimately, that families will always be there for each other. I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone.
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