I’m delighted to be joining the book tour for Shoot the Moon by Bella Cassidy today and to be sharing my review. Thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to take part and thanks to the author for sending me a copy of the book for review. Make sure you read to the end of this post where you’ll find an opportunity to win a copy of the book and some lovely bathsalts for yourself.
About the Book
Tassie Morris is everyone’s favourite wedding photographer, famous for her photos of offbeat ceremonies and alternative brides. Yet commitment is proving impossible for Tassie herself, who cannot forget her first love.
When she’s sent to photograph a ceremony on Schiehallion – the Fairy Hill of the Scottish Caledonians – she meets Dan, who might be the one to make her forget her past. That is, until a family crisis begins a chain of events that threaten to destroy not only Tassie’s love life, but her entire career.
Set in a colourful world of extraordinary weddings, Shoot the Moon explores the complexities of different kinds of love: romantic love, mother love, friendship. And, ultimately, the importance of loving yourself.
I really enjoyed this story about wedding photographer Tassie. It seemed ironic that she was so well known for capturing other people’s happy days but couldn’t seem to find her own happy ever after. She’s a character I rather took to heart. I really felt for her even though sometimes she made some rather foolish decisions. I could feel her sense of despondency at how her own life was working out, particularly when she was so convinced that her soulmate was married to someone else. It was clear to me, though not to Tassie, that he was a rather self-interested person and it was sad to see how fixated on him she was. I was so glad that she had lovely friends to support her and some of those friends provided memorable and emotional moments throughout the book.
I particularly enjoyed the Scottish wedding that Tassie was sent to cover as it took place in Perthshire, my very favourite part of Scotland and I felt that Bella Cassidy brought the area vividly onto the page. Aberfeldy with its Watermill bookshop and café and art deco cinema is one of my favourite towns, along with Pitlochry which also got a mention. Having climbed Schiehallion – the one and only munro I have climbed! – I was in awe of the couple who decided to get married there and had to smile at how Tassie finally got there. That wedding reception was in Castle Menzies where my sister in law had her wedding reception. It was at this wedding that Tassie met Dan and I think I may be a bit in love with him myself. The romantic connection between the two was clear from the start and the author wrote about their relationship so beautifully. Would he be the one to be that special person for Tassie? It certainly seemed like it was going to be that way but then certain events took over and Tassie’s life most definitely changed.
It would be remiss of me not to mention the difficult relationship between Tassie and her mother. Tassie had never felt close to her mother, avoided her really if she could and certainly her mother seemed very cold towards her. Her lovely, wise dad eventually set some wheels in motion which meant the two women would properly talk and listen to each other. Tassie’s mother’s story was so moving and it was clear that what had happened many years before was still affecting their relationship in the present day.
Shoot the Moon is such a wonderful and warm read. I really did enjoy all the different aspects of the story. Bella Cassidy writes with such insight and perception about the different kinds of relationships her characters experience. There are many other elements I haven’t touched upon and they all combine beautifully into this uplifting book. I rather suspect that Shoot the Moon will be on my list of favourite reads of this year.
About the Author
Bella Cassidy grew up in the West Country – reading contemporary romances, romances, historical novels, literary fiction… just about anything she could lay her hands on. After a few years in London, working as a waitress and in PR and advertising, she went to Sussex to read English – despite admitting in her pre-interview that this rather sociable period in her life had seen her read only one book in six months: a Jilly Cooper.
She’s had an eclectic range of jobs: including in the world of finance; social housing fundraising; a stint at the Body Shop – working as Anita Roddick’s assistant; as a secondary school teacher, then teaching babies to swim: all over the world.
She’s done a lot of research for writing a wedding romance, having had two herself. For her first she was eight months pregnant – a whale in bright orange – and was married in a barn with wood fires burning. The second saw her in elegant Edwardian silk, crystals and lace, teamed with yellow wellies and a cardigan. Both were great fun; but it was lovely having her daughter alongside, rather than inside her at the second one.
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