Lucky Day

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Pub Date 20 Jun 2024 | Archive Date 11 Jul 2024


From the Sunday Times bestselling author of SAVING MISSY, comes a fierce, joyful and uplifting novel about putting life on pause, pleasing yourself, and getting your own back. Whatever it takes.

'Funny, inspiring and uplifting' Nina Stibbe 'Raging, outrageous and joyous' Nikki May


After a morning that starts with a terrible migraine, an accidentally strong concoction of painkillers, and a bump on the head, Clover Hendry is not quite herself.

And as she walks out of work at 9.47am, for once Clover isn't worrying about anything. She is taking some much-deserved me-time, and everyone else had better get out of her way.

As she crashes from once incident (a deliciously illicit swim) to the next (art theft), Clover is on a one-woman mission to do exactly as she pleases – consequences are for tomorrow!

It's a day of joyful recklessness, but behind the chaos, a plan is afoot. Will her new-found freedom uncover long-buried secrets?

A euphoric, raging, galvanizing story about putting life on pause, pleasing yourself, and getting your own back – whatever it takes.

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of SAVING MISSY, comes a fierce, joyful and uplifting novel about putting life on pause, pleasing yourself, and getting your own back. Whatever...

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Featured Reviews

I loved saving missy so was excited to read this one! This author’s books have the ability to simultaneously make you unable to stop reading while wishing you could bury the book somewhere deep underground where it can't be found. Compelling and didn’t want it to end! Don’t you just want to grab this, switch off the phone and curl up on the sofa
By far one of my favourite books I've read this year… I loved every minute…

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I cannot relate more to this book. I a, definitely a person who needs to take more time out for herself and I’m so excited to read, review, and share a book that does just that, Full review and thoughts to come.

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Lucky Day is the delightful read that follows Clover, who decides to break free from the monotony of her everyday life and being the 'good girl’. She stops saying yes to everything and starts doing what she wants for a change.
This is a heartwarming and uplifting novel, you can’t help but cheer Clover on as she embraces her new found spontaneity, there are some literal laugh out loud moments - I really believe we should all have a break free day once in a while - the book should actually come with the badge that says “Be more like Clover!!!”

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Clover has always been a good girl. Fitted in. Said yes. Taken on more work at no extra pay. But something is different today. Today things are changing. But her friends and colleagues are not sure if they like what is happening.
Beth Morrey writes some great characters and it was a joy to follow Clover for the day. A great book that leaves you cheering Clover on.

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Beth Morrey - Lucky day

Oh my word, what a wonderful, wonderful book. It made me smile and laugh out so very many times and at the same time filled my reading hours with such reassuring love. Whether you’re having a good week or bad one, please pick this book up when it’s published, especially if you are a parent as I think you will be able to relate to it even more. I genuinely can’t imagine anyone not liking Beth’s latest book.

At the start we meet Clover, who wakes with a bad headache and reaches for the “the everything bowl” in the kitchen (we have a drawer equivalent of this in our house), where she finds a slightly out of date, strong painkiller. What’s the worst that can happen, right? And so starts Clover’s lucky day!

Clover has always been a good girl, following the rules and behaving how one should. Her mother wasn’t exactly the tender, loving kind so she and her sister have always done the right thing and this behaviour naturally has spilled into their adult life. Well, not today! Today, Clover will do what she damn well fancies and not what her mundane, everyday life requires of her.

I just adored Clover! She is like so many of us: a loving wife, mother of two, trying to manage her family’s everyday life, as well as her own career and she would just so love a little break from it all. Well today is that lucky day when she does exactly what she likes and it feels good, and everyone is just staring at her unbelieving but also rather impressed. Because let’s face it, when do we really do that? Hardly ever? Never? Like Clover says cats can do what they like but humans have to compromise and try and be nice.

It is such a funny and heartwarming read and I loved the ending too, bringing it all to a lovely conclusion about life and families and the love everyday life does bring us even with all the mess and stress.

As always I will include some of my favourite quotes from the book:

“There are so many of us out there, struggling on, pinning the smiles on our faces even if inwardly we’re raging or falling apart.”

“Sometimes bad things happen, no matter how good you try to be, or how strong you are, or how many times you try to stop it. Sometimes kingdoms are lost, even if every last nail is in place.”

“Life moves so fast. You have to slow down occasionally, stop it slipping from your grasp.”

A huge thanks to @netgalley @harperfiction and @harpercollinsuk for giving me the chance to read an ARC (advanced reader copy) of this truly gem of a book. It will published in the UK on 20 June 2024. A must buy from me!

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What an enchantingly different book! We should all be more Clover, although I fear my Clover day would end very badly whereas this fictional version is funny, witty, catastrophic at times , unapologetic and very much how so many of us would like to be however we just aren’t brave enough to carry it through.

I laughed, I cried and I felt huge empathy for this lady and her day in a million, with so much back story to make your understanding of her life make sense. Beautifully written and a book to recommend and remember.

Thank you Netgalley the author and publishers for an arc in exchange for an honest review

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An absolutely joyful read. Clover did what most women only dare to dream of. Uplifting and inspiring. We should all be more Clover.

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Clover is me! Well, Clover is the me I’m working towards. Clover is the me I want to be!
This one really struck right to my heart, there’s literally nothing not to love, beautiful read with a takeaway of be more Clover!

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This was hilarious and genuinely had me chuckling out loud on many an occasion. I loved Clover's newfound attitude of just not giving a **** about what anyone thought and her bravery at challenging people who were doing wrong. It was heartwarming to see her realise that she could change and take less crap from people. Watching the transformation from doormat to a loud and proud woman taking up space in the room was brilliant to read about and I would heartily recommend- so much so I've just bought Beth Morrey's first book because clearly, she's an excellent author!

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I absolutely adored Beth's debut book, Saving Missy, and knew she'd be an author to look out for. Her second book wasn't my kind of thing but that didn't stop me jumping at the opportunity to rad this one as it sounded delightful and it had such promising early reviews.

I absolutely LOVED this book! Clover is a fabulous creation and a fabulous protagonist. She is like so many of us, giving in to that want of freedom we so desire, free from work and family responsibilities. Free to just do and say what we want for one day. She's great on her own, but I loved her interactions with her colleagues, friends, families, strangers - that's when she really comes into her own. There's many other characters who are great in their own way, but for me, this is Clover's story and she steals every single line.

What I love about Beth's characters are they're flawed, they're imperfect. They're normal people, usually women, wives, girlfriends, mothers, best friends; trying to balance a job with family duties, whilst trying, and often failing, not to lose oneself along the way. They do bad things, silly things, wrong things, embarrassing things. They make mistakes and wrong choices, but that's what makes them good. They stumble and trip through life. They are us and our friends and our sisters and our mums and our children. They're the woman down the street, the woman in the supermarket, the woman boss-ing her executive job. And in this case, Clover is Every Woman.

I did wonder at times whether it was a ruse, whether everything going on was actually a dream or something she was just wishing to do, rather than actually doing it. I am not going to say if I was right or wrong, because spoilers, but it was an interesting thing to ponder.

It isn't a short book, nor is it particularly long. At just shy of 400 pages. But it's perfect. And it goes so quickly. At first I had planned to just read a few pages here and there between jobs, but before I knew it I was 1/4 of the way through and felt like I just had to carry on. I found myself unable to think of anything else whilst reading it.

It's not a really heavy serious book, not is it a frivolous book. It is light and funny and moving and happy and joyful. It does have it's difficult topics, but overall, it's very uplifting. Don't get me wrong, I love a good thriller or murder mystery, but they can get you down when you read so many, and so it was a breath of fresh air to get a palette cleanser and that is this book.

It spreads sunshine through every word. It's a pick me up. It's for when you're rundown, or sick, or tired. When you feel like you can't bear to get out of your bed, when you can't face the world. That is what this book is there for.

The only little tiny thing that concerned me was that this all happens in one day (June 16th - the day before my birthday; just saying 😊), with flashbacks. And I did think whether it was really practical or realistic that all these things she does would be done in such a short space of time. But in the end, I didn't really care. All the wonderful things about it just negated any concerns I might have had.

Like I said at the start, whilst Saving Missy was one of my favourite books of 2020, her second book wasn't to my tastes. But this one is back in book-one territory. I don't write off authors just because I maty not have enjoyed one of their books, because that doesn't mean it's a bad book, it's just not for me. And so I was still keen to read this one and I'm so glad I did. I think this tops Saving Missy, and that's saying something .This book ahs proved why I return to authors, even if one book wasn't my thing.

At times I forgot I was reading a book. It felt so touching and familiar that it felt like I was reading about Beth herself, or reading about a friend. I can definitely see me buying copies of this later in the year for presents!

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