Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tour & Review~The Other Side of Town by Eleanor Smythe & #Giveaway



Maureen and Karina had been friends since childhood. 
However, due to betrayal and grief 
their lives have taken on very different paths.
The Other Side of Town tells the story of the two families, 
brought together by tragedy.

Maureen marries John Evans and they soon 
have their fair share of misfortune. 
An accident at work impacts on their lives, 
forcing them to sell their home 
and move into social housing 
and a completely different lifestyle. 
Maureen soon has to find work with a multinational IT company 
called Millbrooks. 
Tragedy soon finds them again and their life is consumed 
with grief while trying to find justice. 
Amidst all this, 
Maureen befriends a woman called Judith
and although she has a chequered past, 
Judith brings a sense of 
humour and friendship into their lives. 

Karina marries Rupert Millbrook, 
whose family span generations and are so influential that 
the town is named after them. 
Karina soon discovers that once you marry a Millbrook, 
you marry the family and its history. 
Karina soon becomes Managing Director 
of Millbrook's IT and Maureen’s boss. 
However, Karina’s life is not without 
its own difficulties and she soon 
finds herself struggling with her teenage children 
and the issues they bring. 
Rupert has his own problems.
 A criminal investigation, lead by Inspector Hennessy 
who is on a special assignment from London, 
reveals links between Rupert's business deals and a known 
international criminal, Yakov Volkov.


*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. 

The Other Side of Town is a book that is so true to life and in so many ways. The differences of the “have” and the “have-nots” are made clear in this book. The use of power, positively and negatively, are also included. It is also a heart-wrenching story of young love and dealing with the aftermath. I loved this book! Every time I had to put it down, I was waiting desperately for the next time that I could pick it back up. While I'm not crazy about the cover, the writing is done well and the story comes together in a beautiful way that will touch your heart…plus a huge twist that through me for a complete loop! 
Absolutely a 5 STAR book!!



Eleanor Smythe was born in the east end of London. 
Raised a family to secondary school 
level and then went on to obtain a degree
 in Occupational Therapy. 
Although she worked in
various medical settings her greatest passion 
in her career was working with clients in the community, 
where she claims real life takes place. 

Recently retired and now living in Portugal
 Eleanor has more time to pursue her love of 
She has always been intrigued
 by the way in which people’s lives have twists 
and turns and how individuals cope with life's challenges.
 Her stories attempt to embrace the 
emotional turmoils of life,
 bringing her characters to life by showing 
humour, tragedy, conflict and betrayal; 
emotions that many of us face daily.