Wednesday, October 30, 2019

BLOG TOUR: The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland

I'm really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland. This beautiful book came out yesterday, so it's available now! I was sent a free digital arc for honest review. Thanks so much to St. Martin's Griffin and Stephanie Butland for letting me be a part of this fun tour!

Title: The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae
Author: Stephanie Butland
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Released: October 29, 2019
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Synopsis: For fans of Josie Silver's One Day in December, The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae is a wholly original, charismatic, and uplifting novel that no reader will soon forget. 
Ailsa Rae is learning how to live. She’s only a few months past the heart transplant that—just in time—saved her life. Now, finally, she can be a normal twenty-eight-year-old. She can climb a mountain. Dance. Wait in line all day for tickets to Wimbledon.
But first, she has to put one foot in front of the other. So far, things are as bloody complicated as ever. Her relationship with her mother is at a breaking point and she wants to find her father. Then there's Lennox, whom Ailsa loved and lost. Will she ever find love again?
Her new heart is a bold heart. She just needs to learn to listen to it. From the hospital to her childhood home, on social media and IRL, Ailsa will embark on a journey about what it means to be, and feel, alive. How do we learn to be brave, to accept defeat, to dare to dream?
From Stephanie Butland, author of The Lost for Words Bookshop,The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae will warm you from the inside out. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: Ailsa Rae is ready to live! She's got a new lease on life after her heart transplant. I really enjoyed Ailsa's journey. I haven't read many books with a heart transplant patient as a main character. I liked experiencing her story just because it's one I don't get to read that often.
The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae is a sweet tale, but it also shares Ailsa's struggles. Even with a new heart, life isn't rainbows and sunshine. Things put on the back burner because of her heart issues really come to light after her transplant. She has so many things she wants to do.
I really enjoyed Stephanie Butland's writing in The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae. It was pretty easy to get lost in the story. I also really enjoyed all the different formats the story was told in. It helps add some fun aspects to the book.
Ailsa was a nice character to follow as well. She was fun to read about.
I also really enjoyed the setting of Scotland. I've never been there, but would love to go maybe one day.
The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland was a cute read that I very much enjoyed. It was heartwarming.

Stephanie Butland is a writer, who is thriving after breast cancer. (She used to say she was a survivor, but that was a bit lacking in joie de vivre.)
Although she’d never have chosen it, her dance with cancer has changed her life in many positive ways. Now she is happier, healthier, and more careful with her precious life and the precious people and things in it.
Her writing career began with her dance with cancer, and now she is  a novelist.
Aside from writing, she works as a speaker and trainer, and she works with charities to help raise awareness and money in the hope that cancer will soon be about as scary as a wart.
She lives in Northumberland.

Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour stop for The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland. Thank you so much to St. Martin's Griffin and the author for letting me be a part of this fun tour and providing me with a free review copy. It's a sweet book and I'd definitely recommend picking it up and giving it a read.

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