It Started with a Dare by Hannah Doyle
Publishing Date: 15th December 2016
Series: The Year of Saying Yes #1
Number of pages: 183
Genre: Women’s Fiction
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Join Izzy on her journey from January blues to joy. THE YEAR OF SAYING YES by Hannah Doyle will make you dirty-laugh, feel warm and fuzzy, and rediscover life’s magic – all thanks to one little word: yes. Fans of Lindsey Kelk, Mhairi McFarlane and Lucy-Anne Holmes, you’re in for a real treat.
The first of four exclusive part-serialisations of THE YEAR OF SAYING YES by Hannah Doyle.
It’s drizzling outside, which totally matches my #currentmood. Pigs in blankets, all the mince pies and a festive Baileys or five are distant memories. You know the drill – it’s January. Everyone’s banning booze (terrible idea) or cutting carbs (impossible). To add to the misery pile, my plans to seduce the man of my dreams at the stroke of midnight flopped spectacularly.
I’m Izzy. I don’t just need a New Year resolution, I need a whole new life. And I need YOU. My dreary life is about to get a total makeover – it’s my ‘Year of Saying Yes’. And this is where you come in. It’s up to you to #DareIzzy. I’m saying yes to your challenges, no matter how nuts, adventurous or wild they are. The sky’s the limit – I’m at your mercy, readers!
Wish me luck. I have a feeling I’m going to need it.
Oh wow, I couldn’t imagine a better start to the New Year than reading this novella! It is a first part in four part – serialisation and “It Started with a Dare” couldn’t be a better beginning to it – it is about New Year – resolutions and how hard, in fact, is to keep to them. I think we all know this. And Izzy realises this as well! Like so many of us (I don’t. Hands down, guilty as charged, I don’t make any resolutions and there is a very simple reason to this – I forget about them. Two days later. However Izzy’s approach is something verrry interesting!), Izzy writes down her resolutions only to find out that, actually, those are the same ones that she made a year before. Or two years ago… And that, of course, she fails to complete. So why make them at all? But it turns out that the resolutions Izzy says “no” to are starting points to her career to get the waited out boost – she’s going to write a monthly piece on saying YES to dares the readers are going to send to her.
Don’t forget that Izzy’s love life is non – existent, her mother idealizes Izzy’s older sister Olivia, who told Gorgeous George that Izzy calls him that…
To be honest, this novella has totally taken me by surprise – I haven’t expected it to be SO good, so hilarious, so light – hearted and full of laugh – out – loud moments and I loved it! I was actually disappointed when I reached the end, as I wanted to see the other dares and all the awkward and embarrassing Izzy’s moments. Hannah Doyle’s writing style is brilliant, it flows so effortlessly, it’s full of humour and I immediately felt drawn in. She describes events and situations in a way that makes you feel you are watching a sitcom, adding a gesture here or dropping a hilarious one – liner there. She can also create lovely characters that I adored from the very beginning – well, who wouldn’t relate to Izzy and the pressure she’s putting on herself? I also felt so comfortable with all her friends, but Izzy is a special character, with her very own unique voice, huge personality she’s bubbly, quirky and full of life.
So no January blues for you if you read this short story, believe me! This novella has lifted my spirits and made me to start thinking and changing perspective – why not say YES? Guys? Really, why not? “The Year of Saying Yes” Part 1 was refreshing and different, just what I needed. And I loved the idea behind this story, to try something totally new and unexpected, to be open, to come out of your shell. I have really enjoyed it and am looking forward to part 2!