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Merry Christmas From Handwritten Girl

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Christmas is nearly upon us and I’ve found myself writing my annual sign off instead of wrapping presents that are still in their bags. Last minute as always!

This year was a great year for books and I’ve even listed my top ten books for 2017, just incase you are looking for a few last minute stocking fillers.

It was also a great year for Handwritten Girl, as I attended the Bord Gais Energy Book Awards for the first time and had an amazing time meeting some of Ireland’s finest literary talent ans well as spending Halloween weekend learning about the dark and interesting world of crime writing.

Before I sign off, I would like to say a huge thank you to all the lovely publishers and authors who introduced me to some of the most wonderful books this year, from intense thrillers to happy romances, there’s something for everyone to curl up with during the cold winter nights.

Most importantly, thank you to the readers of the website for taking the time to read a review, tweet, Favourite or Like a post, your support is appreciated tremendously. I hope you all have a safe and relaxing Christmas and receive loads of treats from Santa Claus, especially books as there are some great ones out there.

Have a Happy New Year and I shall see you in 2018.

Handwritten Girl’s Favourite Books of 2017.

1. The Break by Marian Keyes
2. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
3. Final Girls By Riley Sager
4. Bring Me Back By BA Paris
5. You, Me, Everything by Catherine Issac
6. The Summer of Impossible Things By Rowan Coleman
7. The Last Piece of My Heart by Paige Toon
8. Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
9. A Song For Tomorrow By Alice Peterson
10. The One By John Marrs

A Song For Tomorrow By Alice Peterson

A Song For Tomorrow‘A Song For Tomorrow’ is the latest book by Alice Peterson.

Tom fell in love with Alice the moment he saw her. He realises that being with her will not be easy, but she is a force of nature, a burst of sunlight in his otherwise ordinary world.Some people might look at Alice and think she has everything, but Alice knows she is not like other women. Her life is complicated, unpredictable, difficult. Alice does not like pity. All she wants to do, has ever wanted to do, is sing. Alice has been told not to follow her dreams. So has Tom. But when fate has already dealt a tough hand, it’s time to stop listening to everyone else and only follow their hearts.

This book is Alice’s first book with Simon and Schuster and it’s a breathtakingly beautiful start with her new publishers. The story is about Alice Martineau, a young woman who suffers from cystic fibrosis and follows on her journey as she intends to follow her dream of becoming an established musician as well as fall in love. The story flows over a period of years, from Alice’s birth to all the monumental moments of her life, sickness, relationships and the times that she got to perform.

Like Alice’s previous books, this book is an emotional rollercoaster, the story is true and for this reason, makes the tale particularly poignant. Alice is a beautiful character, she’s wise beyond her years, having lived a difficult life, in and out of hospital, she tries to see the bright side of life and refuses to let her illness define her. The story is primarily seen through the eyes of Alice but there are chapters seen through the narrative of Tom, Alice’s boyfriend as he also deals with Alice’s illness and the uncertainty of their future together. An interesting addition to the story, is diary entries from Mary, Alice’s mother, who gives a mothers perspective on the daily struggles, the fear of outliving her child as well as the proudness of watching her daughter overcome Cystic Fibrosis to achieve her life long dream.

This story is about determination, that if you battle and work hard, you will get the results you wish for. It’s an aspirational story that is truly an inspirational and motivating and was impossible to put down. With every tear jerking moment, there is a lighter scene that made me smile, even though the story did break my heart.

As the story is completely true, it makes for terribly sad and gripping reading, to read about such a vibrant young woman who is powerless to this awful illness, that there is still no proper cure for and try to lead a normal and fun life, be limited to in her life.

‘A Song For Tomorrow’ is a tremendously inspiring story about a remarkable woman who refuses to be defined by her illness, courageous and witty from the beginning, this book is truly Alice at her finest, telling a wonderful story about an inspirational figure and highlights the importance of organ donation and making the most of every day. I loved it, but be warned, have the tissues close to hand.

For more information about Alice Martineau and her Trust, check out

You can pre-order A Song for Tomorrow from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 9th February 2017.