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Contemporary Fiction | Live a Little | Madeleine Reiss

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We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts for Live a Little by Madeleine Reiss on tour today.

Book cover Live a Little Madeleine Reiss

Lottie has always followed the rules, her life is comfortable and she is – finally, finally – marrying her long-term, reliable, boyfriend Dean.

Tina is carefree, wild and, maybe, just a little bit careless. She doesn’t understand Lottie’s obsession with settling down with ‘dull Dean’, there’s so much to explore in the world.

The two sisters have drifted apart, living in different countries until the death of their older sister, Mia. Mia was the glue that held them together, made them a family and without her Lottie and Tina realise how little they know each other.

Desperate to remedy this, Tina convinces Lottie to cancel her hen do, fly halfway around the world and set out on a road trip across the US, just the two of them.

But Tina has one more thing up her sleeve to shake up Lottie’s life – she must say yes to everything Tina suggests, no matter what.

Live a Little by Madeleine Reiss is published by Zaffre and is available to purchase in digital, paperback and audiobook formats.


Live a Little is a light-hearted romance story about two very different sisters going on a road trip across the West coast of America.

Tina has offered to take her sister Lottie on holiday just weeks before she is marrying her fiance, Dean. Tina is hopeful that Lottie will realise her fiance is dull, predictable and not worth spending the rest of her life with and challenges Lottie to various challenges along the journey.   Tina is carefree, self-centred and longs for adventure whilst Lottie is highly organised, kind and caring. With them they have the ashes of their beloved sister, Mia, who died far too young.

This journey represents how the sisters need to listen and learn from each other and how they need to both grieve for their sister, by letting their emotions go.  

A good read but I felt slightly too long. Great for a summer read.

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Madeleine Reiss was born in Athens. She worked for some years in an agency for street performers and comedians and then as a journalist and publicist. She has two sons and lives in Cambridge with her husband and younger son. Connect via Twitter @MadeleineReiss or Facebook reisswrites

I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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