Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for FIVE STEPS TO HAPPY by Ella Dove
Life can change in a heartbeat…
When struggling actress Heidi has a life-changing accident aged 32, her world falls apart. Stuck in hospital and unable to walk, her only companion is Maud, the elderly lady in the bed next to hers. Heidi misses her flatmate, her life, her freedom – surely 32 is too young to be an amputee?
But when Maud’s aloof but attractive grandson Jack pays a visit to the ward, Heidi realises that her life isn’t over just because it’s different. It might not look like the life she dreamed of, but it’s the one she’s got – and there’s a lot she still wants to tick off her bucket list. With Jack at her side, will Heidi take the first step back to happiness? Or is there one more surprise still in store…?
A feel-good read based on the inspiring true story of journalist Ella Dove. Sometimes all it takes is one small step..
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is one crazy and truly inspirational story that makes you step back and realise that nothing in your life can be taken for granted because it only takes a fraction of a second to change everything. This story is based on events that the author went through herself. It is an emotional journey of endurance, determination, adjustments and letting go of the past to take another road in life. A very different road, one with a lot of hills on it!
When Heidi missed her footing while checking out a fellow jogger, it resulted in the blood supply being cut off to her lower leg. When she woke in hospital, her leg had been amputated. This is Heidi’s journey to reclaim her life. Not the life she had before but a new one. Everything had changed that day.
What an incredible journey this is as she is taken under the wings of the highly skilled dedicated nurses, doctors and specialised teams that will work with her at different stages of her recovery. How friends react and how she feels around them. But a lot of the story is also about the people on the same journey as her.
So many people, all different ages with different reasons they have lost a limb. Some through accidents, some through illness but all having to learn how to be independent again. There are some crazy characters with a lot of humour about them.
The story centres around five steps for Heidi. A bit like a bucket list, but one to improve her self confidence and life, not a wish list to do before she dies. What are the things we take for granted become her goals to overcome, with the help of someone special.
The effect on people around her is part of her story too as the changes in her life impact everyone, especially her family. A very honest and intense story from a determined woman that won’t stay down and be counted out. A real winner in life. Truly amazing!
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have honestly reviewed.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ella Rose Dove is Commissioning Editor at Good Housekeeping, Prima and Red magazines. Originally from Kent and now based in Stratford, East London, Ella studied English and French at the University of Southampton, where she did her dissertation in Creative Writing. In 2015, she completed the Curtis Brown Creative three-month novel writing course.
In 2016, Ella became an amputee following a freak running accident. She is now an ambassador for the Limbless Association, Barts Health charity and The London Prosthetic Centre, and regularly leads talks, takes part in events and speaks to patients and their loved ones about trauma.
In her spare time, Ella reads, swims and sings in her local choir – and writes, of course!