Book Review: A Song for Tomorrow by Alice Peterson

Today's review is for a really special novel: A Song for Tomorrow, Alice Peterson's new book. I love Alice Peterson and her books are always unforgetable, but this one is something else. Amazing story. Read my thoughts here: 

Title: A Song for Tomorrow
Author: Alice Peterson
Published: February 9th 2017 by Simon & Schuster

Blurb: 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 own hearts.

Review: Since discovering Alice Peterson a few years ago, I've fallen in love with every single book she has written. Her stories always make me cry but somehow, she always manages to make feel better about life. And A Song for Tomorrow is no different in this sense, an unforgettable heart-breaking and uplifting story. But it's also so much more. I'd might even say that A Song for Tomorrow is Alice Peterson at her best. 

As soon as I read the blurb, I knew this was a story like no other. It's based on the true story of Alice Martineau, whose biggest dream in life was to become a singer. Circumstances though were all against her and her dream: she had Cystic Fibrosis and a life expectancy of ten years when she was born. From the beginning of the book, you can tell how much research and care Alice Peterson put into this book. Alice is one of the most wonderful characters I have ever read and her story is definitely one not to be missed.

I really cannot imagine how hard it must be to live with CF but I do think that this book shows us a fair portrayal of it and I'm sure that it will raise awareness on this horrible disease. One thing that I found extremely inspirational and brave about the character of Alice, was how she did not let CF rule her life. It reminded me how important it is to live at the full, follow your dreams and keep fighting. 

But this story was not about Alice and her disease. Far from it. It was about Alice and her life, her family, her friends, the love of her life and her music. I loved how supportive her family was and how we got to read entries from her mother's diary; this gave us a great insight on the family dynamics and how it affected them all since the beginning. And the love story between Tom and Alice was perfectly imperfect. She really deserved a good worthy man and I think she found him. 

I could keep going on and on about how beautiful and amazing and up-lifting this story is but I'm gonna stop now and let you discover it for yourself. Let me tell you one last thing though, it's only January and I'm quite sure I've already found a firm contender to book of the year. Also, having read this story, I can easily understand why everyone who knew Alice Martineau was absolutely enchanted with her. What a woman, what a story!

Rating: 5 stars

I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book to review. This is my honest opinion. 

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