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Just The Way You Are

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Ollie has an overbearing mother.  She really can’t live with her anymore but her mum isn't going to let her go easily.  Ollie hatches a plan with her aunt and best friend and she finds somewhere to move to.  This is the story of Ollie Les ring to stand on her own two feet, making a life for herself and learning what a real relationship with her mum should look like.  Along the way she makes new friends and learns what it is she really needs to make herself happy.
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This book is a must-read!  Heart-wrenching at times and beautifully sweet at others, it had the perfect blend of humor and drama.  I instantly fell in love with the ReadUp crew!  It is an important cause to draw attention to as well; I love the way the book portrayed this.  There were so many lovely characters in this book that I couldn't stop reading!  Sam and Ollie make the perfect friendship pairing and Irene and Ebenezer couldn't help but grow on you after a while, despite their outward grouchiness.  Leanne and Joan's story added so much to this book, I would love to see a sequel to find out what the characters are up to next!
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Thank you to NetGalley and Boldwood Books for an e-ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
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This was a cute and heart warming story. I really liked Ollie. She was true to herself and finishing a wish list she started as a teenager. However, at times I felt this list was immature and silly, and not sure that a 29 year old would really do all of the things on the list.
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I have been a fan of Beth’s work for a while now. I love the way in which she writes such fun and feel good stories. I read the synopsis for ‘Just The Way You Are’ and it certainly sounded like it was going to be an amazing read. I was spot on too because it was an amazing read and I thoroughly enjoyed reading every single minute of it, but more about that in a bit.
I loved the character of Olivia (Ollie) Tennyson and I warmed to her from the very start. In fact it didn’t take long for me to feel as though she had become a friend of mine and I felt all protective of her. Ollie has a job that she loves, a few close friends but she doesn’t have much of a social life. Oh and an overbearing mother, who quite frankly could do with a slap across the face with a wet flip flop. I won’t go too far into detail as to what happens or how she behaves but needless to say that you will see what I mean as you read more of the story. Ollie makes the break and embarks on a new, if at times daunting, adventure. I was keeping everything crossed that Ollie got the happy ever after ending that she so deserved. What happens? Well for the answer to that question and so much more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.
I was drawn into this story from the very start. As soon as I started to read, I knew that I was reading something special and that I would find it very difficult to put the book to one side for any length of time. My Kindle travelled well whilst I was reading the book because my Kindle went everywhere with me. I couldn’t bear to miss a single second of the beautiful story. I had warmed to most of the characters and I had to keep reading to see if the story concluded in the way I suspected it would. I couldn’t turn the pages of the book quickly enough as I galloped through the story. All too quickly I reached the end of ‘Just The Way You Are’ and I had to say goodbye to Ollie and the rest of the characters. I found ‘Just The Way You Are’ to be a joy to read from start to finish and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it.
‘Just The Way You Are’ is superbly written but then I have come to expect nothing less from Beth Moran. Beth has one of those easy going writing styles that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with. In fact reading one of Beth’s books feels more like a chat between friends rather than reading a book. I hope that makes sense. The story hit the ground running and maintained a gentle pace throughout, which suited the tale that Beth is telling. Beth clearly cares about her characters and this shines through in the very vivid way in which she describes them. She describes them so realistically that they seem just as real as you and I. I love the way in which Beth makes the reader feel as though they are part of the story and at the heart of the action. That’s how I felt anyway.
In short, I adored reading ‘Just The Way You Are’ and I wholeheartedly recommend this book to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of Beth’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.
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Thank you to NetGalley and Boldwood Books for an e-ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
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Loved the story! A slow burn romance with lots of real, struggling and at times dysfunctional people who are sharing their lives with us. I loved Sam, he was just my type of boyfriend. I also enjoyed Ollie and her journey to start living again. I thought her to be a wonderful friend. And I struggle with a lot of the same things. I think I’m going to make my own dream list.  I loved the writing and I highly recommend it. 4.5 stars, rounded down.
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Just The Way You Are by Beth Moran

I received an advance review copy for free thanks to NetGalley and Boldwood Books and I am leaving this review voluntarily 
 
A novel about friendship, romance and learning to love yourself - just the way you are.

When Olivia Tennyson – or Ollie to her friends – was sixteen, she wrote a Dream List of all the things she wanted for her life, including a happy marriage and a family. But at twenty-nine, Ollie is single, living at home with her over-protective and manipulative mother, and is feeling like her dreams are getting further out of reach.

It’s time for a change.

It’s time to take matters into her own hands.

We are introduced to Ollie whilst she is living with her controlling and manipulative mother - and we follow her as she takes the plunge, moving out of her mother's house. A book focuses on Ollie as she discovers herself and takes control of her own destiny. An emotional and uplifting read - even if in places it is predictable. Do not pick this book up if you are wanting to read a romance novel - there is a small amount of romance but the book is about so much more.

Rating 3/5
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Really enjoyed this one! The main character was so likeable however I couldn't stand her mom! The town the story was set in sounded lovely I would have loved to have gone and visited there and all in all a lovely easy read. Would rate 8/10 and my lobrary would purchase this book.
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Such a gorgeous feel good read. I must have needed this sort of book because I devoured it and couldn't put it down, finishing the final page with a smile on my face.

I always enjoy Beth Moran's novels, and this one was no different!

4.5 stars
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Just the Way You Are by Beth Moran is a fun romance about finding love a little later than expected, told in the eyes of a journalist who is investigating how couples first met. I found the characterization in this book to be quite profound, especially for this genre. The main character and her relationship with her mother was extremely well written. Overall, this was a fantastic book and I highly recommend it. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.
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4.5/5 Stars!

I enjoyed this. I expected it to have a larger focus on the romance, but I was able to related to Ollie as she tried to figure out how to live and be successful on her own. A lot of Ollie’s feelings really resonated with me. Overall I really enjoyed this and would recommend! 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC!
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Olivia Tennyson – or Ollie to her friends is 29 years old and still living with her mum. She basically takes care of her and whenever she plans things for herself (i.e. a date, meeting a new friend) her mother has an attack of some sort. This has basically kept Ollie a prisoner. She has just gotten a new job and found the perfect cottage to move into, which she buys without telling her mum, and she is finally ready to start her own life. She finds a woman to be a carer for her mum and with the help of her aunt, she puts a plan in place. Ollie had written a list when she was 16, her Dream List of all the things she wanted for her life and is now ready to complete it. As she works her way through her list with the help of her BFF and new friends and acquaintances, she finds herself and love along the way.

I really enjoyed Just the Way You Are. Ollie was such a wonderful character. She was so loyal, caring and helpful. She was dedicated to her mom and I was happy to see her realize that her mom was using her health issues to control her. Even her job of teaching people to read was a job that required caring and compassion, things she had in buckets. The characters she meets in Bigely Bottom all impact her life in some way. I absolutely loved Diamante Butterfly Brown, aka Joan. The young girl who basically takes care of herself as her mom, Leanne, works a lot of hours and sleeps when she gets home. Joan is extremely protective of her mom, but really wants to be friends with Ollie. Leanne is a very private, independent mom who won't ask for help, even if she needs it. Then there is Irene, the strict librarian who I disliked a the beginning. I loved how Ollie worked around her to get her to loosen up and I actually liked her by the end. Sam was a swoon worthy romantic interest, but it took them awhile to act on their feelings toward one another. I can't forget Nesbit, the sweet but misbehaving dog that Joan and Ollie share. This is a book full of self-discovery, friendship, uplifting moments and romance. I loved this story and read it in one day, reading long after I should have been in bed. I recommend this story to those who enjoy uplifting, heartwarming stories of self-discovery with some romance as well.
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This book took some time to get into . I liked the overall message of following your dreams and not caring what others thin.k. A good read.
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Do you have a dream list?

Ollie does. She wrote a dream list when she was sixteen and fourteen years later, she still hasn’t fulfilled anything on her list. Ollie is tired of being manipulated by her mother and living in her shadow. She finally stood up to her mother and found the courage to move out from her clutches. It pains her to make this decision but she needs to live her own life. If not now, when? Ollie moved into a new neighbourhood and learnt to live on her own. She is determined to complete tick off everything on her dream list and her journey to self love and discovery finally begins with the help of her neighbours and best friend.

This is such a feel-good story about self-discovery and building self confidence. Ollie’s character is relatable. I am sure there are many times where we choose to put our dreams on hold for the sake of family and other commitments. I love how Ollie took control of her life and put herself first instead of constantly letting her mother influence her choices. It’s a painful choice to make and I could feel how torn she was but I also felt so happy when Ollie learnt what is important to her and when she learnt to create healthy boundaries with her mother.

I love how Moran portrayed the complicated relationship between Ollie and her mother. She addressed the contrasting feelings of Ollie’s relief and guilt of moving away, her happiness of feeling free and her fear for feeling alone and missing her mother. I also love Ollie’s job! She teaches English as a second language to adults which gives them an opportunity to improve their lives. LOVE IT!

Although there is a love interest, I appreciated that it is not the center of the story. This story focuses on Ollie’s journey to understanding and accepting herself. I enjoyed reading this overall and highly recommend if you are looking for a heartwarming read.

Thank you Netgalley and Boldwood Books for the arc.
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Beth Moran’s Just The Way You Are is such a lovely read! Heartfelt, uplifting and comforting, curl up under your cosiest blanket and lose yourself in this charming read.

Sixteen year old Olivia Tennyson had written a Dream List which she had hoped to accomplish by the time she reached adulthood. Fate, however, seemed to have other ideas in store for Ollie because at twenty-nine she is still single and living at home with her manipulative and over-protective mother. Ollie cannot help but feel that her dreams are getting further and further away from her. Stuck in a rut and not happy with the way her life is going, Ollie decides to stop wallowing and to take matters into her own hands and start ticking off the items on her Dream List.

Without uttering a single world to her mother, Ollie finds the perfect home to start over. End Cottage is an absolutely beautiful home with a majestic garden that leads to acres of forest. No longer hampered by her mother’s manipulations, Ollie is now the one in charge of her destiny. Armed with her list and bolstered by her own determination to make her dreams a reality, Ollie will realise that the closer she gets to achieving her goals, the more she will learn about herself and about the woman she really is – and who knows, maybe End Cottage will also end up leading her to her own happy ending…

Beth Moran’s Just The Way You Are is a wonderful tale about putting yourself first, finding out who you really are and making your dreams come true full of charm, heart and humour. Just The Way You Are is a delightful read with a terrific heroine readers will relate to and warm to. Ollie’s journey of self discovery will strike a chord with readers everywhere and will have them laughing and crying as she becomes the mistress of her own fate.

An uplifting romantic charmer perfect for a rainy day, Beth Moran’s Just The Way You Are is not to be missed.
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Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC ! I DNF in the beginning. This book took too long to get me interested in
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So, this was a good book, but honestly, it won't live in my memory for a long time.

What I liked:
Ollie's idea of completing the "List of things I want to do with my dream man" all by herself, I mean, it doesn't get better.
Sam was a really cute hero, very romantic.

What I didn't like:
Ollie's toxic relationship with her mom only stressed me and made me uncomfortable.
I think this book was a bit long, it tried to grasp many ideas and didn't quite succeed in any of them.
Joan was a bit insufferable, honestly.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book "Just the Way you Are" and all opinions expressed are my own. Ollie wrote her dream list when she was 16. Was she ever going to complete it? She needed a break from her mom and bought a house and moved out. This was a fun feel good story that I enjoyed reading.
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Interesting story about the dynamics between an only child & her over bearing mom. I liked all of the characters but I did find Ollie a bit 9f a pushover in the beginning
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