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BLOG TOUR: Review ~ The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP)

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour celebrating the publication of The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) by Kate Winter. 

For my part in the tour I'm going to be sharing my review of the book which I have to say that I simply adored. 

By Kate Winter 

Published by Little Brown 

Purchase @ Amazon 

The Blurb

Falling in love is never simple. Especially when you're dead.
When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world's worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she's actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last night, but why on earth she's still here.
Slowly the mystery unravels, but there are many other secrets buried in the quiet Irish village of Ballycarragh, and nobody is as innocent as they first appear. Aided by the unlikeliest of allies in her investigation, Rosie discovers that life after death isn't all it's cracked up to be, particularly when you might just be falling in love . . .
In this hilarious, life-affirming and romantic journey through Rosie Potter's afterlife, she shares the ghostly tale of how she lived, she died, and she loved (in that order).

Dawn's Thoughts: 

I was drawn to this book before the Advanced Readers Copy became available, and was so excited when the publishers contacted me and asked me if I wanted to read it AND be a part of the tour. I jumped at the chance and have loved reading every single word.

The book has numerous moments of humour that had me laughing along, and I particularly loved Rosie Potter's sense of humour throughout. We begin meeting Rosie when she 'wakes' up one morning assuming that she has a hangover from hell. She gets up, goes into the kitchen and it hits her that  she doesn't have a hangover at all, she is in fact... DEAD - when she realises she's standing right in the middle of the kitchen table. Then her friend Jenny whom she lives with screams an almighty scream to which Rosie realises she's done so at the sight of her dead body laying bloodied on her bed. 
From those very first two chapters I just KNEW this book was going to be a hoot! 
We travel with Rosie as she works through the build up to her untimely death, we meet her brother Chris, and his best friend Charlie. Rosie's always been fond of Charles but has never really paid it much attention, especially when she's been in a relationship with someone from Jenny's past. Jenny warned Rosie about him but she wouldn't listen, and over time Rosie realises why she should have listened to Jenny.

I couldn't help but laugh when Rosie explains how she's standing in front of people pulling faces, being really sarcastic and they don't even realise she's there... albeit in spirit form. So no-one can see her, no one can hear her.... can they? 
Charles helps Rosie discover how she died and their connection throughout the book is so heartwarming and tender that I honestly didn't want the book to end. I have to say though that I cried like a baby at the end of the book, real hard tears that made my eyes sting. I will never forget Rosie Potter, she is right up there with Sadie from Sophie Kinsella's Twenties Girl. 
I really liked how Kate Winter wrote the epilogue as we discover how life went for the people closest to Rosie after her death, and when we discover how Charles coped without Rosie, well, when you read it you will understand why this is the ultimate Rom-Com cum Tear-Jearker. I have no hesitation to recommend this book, giving it a maximum rating of 5 Page of Fictional Love Hearts,  and I know for a fact that I will be absolutely reading this again... and again. (And I don't really re-read books, unless they are off the charts brilliant!). 

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