Thursday, 13 May 2021

Book Review - Perfect on Paper by Gillian Harvey - Blog Tour

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Title: Perfect on Paper
Author: Gillian Harvey
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: 13th May 2021
Rating: 5 Stars

It's time to shake things up a little...

Clare Bailey's life is perfect. Successful career, loving husband, two kids and a gorgeous townhouse. At least, that's how it looks from the outside.

In fact, she's never felt more invisible. Her boss barely remembers her name, her husband is distracted by his new TV job and her daughter has never found her more embarrassing!

But when she's given a chance to turn her life upside-down she wonders whether she should risk everything she loves for a life that's more than just 'perfect on paper'...?

What a journey Clare is on in this book, she goes from feeling like she is completely invisible to well let's just say things change massively. 

Clare is in fact an inspirational character, braver than she thinks and is an all around rather impressive lady. 

Well once she had hit breaking point with her work and family that is, of never being noticed, never being listened too, even being overlooked for sprinkles in a coffee shop. And just for those feelings alone Clare comes across as being relatable to probably a large number of readers of this book. 

Not to mention there is a new whizz kid at work and I have to say his ideas on "corporate sexiness" make me very glad I don't work with him, and the various exercises they want the staff to take part in are hilarious. 

What is also rather amusing is the situations Clare gets into just from skiving off work from one day, which set in motion a whole other side to her, and its from there the the book gets really really good.... but I can't tell you why, you need to find out for yourself. 

This was a book that grew on me more and more as I was reading it, and even after I went to sleep at night, if I woke up in during the night I thought I'd read just one more chapter before turning over and going back to sleep, and then I finished it before doing anything else the next morning,  It had got under my skin to that extent, 

This is the first book I've read by Gillian Harvey and I'm certainly keen to read more on the back of it.  I enjoyed the writing style, there is great humour and above all the characters felt very real, and it had me smiling a lot! 

Thank you to Orion and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily, 

Please do follow along with the rest of the blog tour. 


  1. Thanks for the blog tour support Rachel x

  2. I love a book that keeps you thinking about it long after you're done reading. I love that cover too! Nice review!


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