Today dear reader I am on the blog tour for A Moment On The Lips (Published by Hecate 4 Nov. 2021) By J Taylor. A big thank you to the author for sending me a copy to read and review, always appreciated. Also to Anne for the invite to take part, always a pleasure to work with.
A Moment On The Lips
By losing weight they gained each other.
From debut author J Taylor comes a hilarious, heartfelt story about friendship, self-acceptance and discovering how on earth one goes about losing an awful lot of weight…
Etta Wilson has vowed to make a change. At five foot three and a size twenty, she’s had enough. Honestly, this has absolutely nothing to do with seeing her ex, Robert Ward, strolling around town, smitten with a new slim girlfriend.
So, Etta’s chucked the calorific cakes, thrown the takeaway in the bin and committed to cardio. She’s got nothing to lose – well apart from a lot of weight – but how hard can that be?
Nearly impossible, it turns out. Etta soon realises she can’t do this alone. Thanks to her colleagues at the Elm Lodge Care Home, she won’t have to. With their help, will Etta reach her goals? Or does a moment on the lips really mean a lifetime on the hips?
About The Author
J Taylor is currently working on the sequel to her debut novel A Moment on the Lips. If you would like to get in touch, you can contact her on Instagram @jtayauthor or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Etta had been dreaming about her guilty pleasure all day, dinner from the chippy and was on her way home to feast on its greasy contents. Then she saw him. From across the road, her ex, Robert Ward strutting about with his new slim beautiful girlfriend. This forces Etta to reevaluate her life. She’s five foot three and a size twenty, spending most nights curled up on the sofa devouring a family size bar of Dairy Milk. Etta is embarrassed and hates her clothes, always trying to hide in the background. Robert is the father of their 7 year old daughter, Chloe, but has never had a relationship with her. Once home Etta soaks amongst the bubbles in her bath but suddenly her phone goes crazy with notifications. She has been added to a WhatsApp group from the women at work. Val shocks them with the news that her marriage is over and she is desperate to find out why. The women all join together and admit that they also want to lose weight. They all agree that Jenna’s wedding is the deadline to be their ideal, realistic weight. And so A Moment On The Lips Diet Club is born. Val, Nicky, Jenna, Yana and Etta all agree it will be good for them and the diet has to be about teaching themselves to be healthy, no starving. It also happens that Robert will be in attendance at Jenna’s wedding. Etta wants Robert to see her and desire her just so she can tell him he has no chance. She is fed up of not feeling good enough and the wasted years she chased after him in an attempt to make him love her. Now is the time for change and she is so grateful that she won’t be alone in her journey for a healthier lifestyle.
Told in three parts, Starter, Main Course and Dessert, the reader follows Etta on her weight loss journey along with her coworkers at Elm Lodge care home. The first person narrative of Etta gives the reader a sense of personal closeness. They learn of her past; when she met Robert at 18 and he was 30, they were together for five years and he would just disappear for weeks, months on end and then turn up wanting money before disappearing off again. Etta felt more like his mother than his lover and even tried to buy his love to no avail. He made her feel worthless, always commenting on her size which triggered her emotional eating. She blames him for her weight problems and attachment to food. Now thanks to the new found friendship of her coworkers she is finally taking back control. She owes it to herself to be happy and confident, to live life to its fullest and most of all to enjoy it.
I love the strong empowering bond the women all make. They support and encourage each other with their weight goals. Their friendship gave me hope that women supporting women is possible. They all take turns making lunch for each other at work, join fitness classes and socialise at each other’s houses for dinner. Whenever they are together on the page there is a warming, cosy atmosphere that you are amongst true friends. You can have a laugh and are yourself around them. It’s delightful and I was sad when my time with them ended. I felt a new surge of motivation, to get out there and do something!
Taylor brings a lot of inspiration and girl power to the story. I lost count of the amount of times I was cheering the women on at every success they achieved. So many people can relate to the strong themes of dieting and comfort eating that are explored throughout this book. Everybody has been there after a bad day with an extra treat to make themselves feel better. It slowly becomes a part of your daily diet as do the takeaways and bigger portions. You tell yourself life is too stressful to start dieting or you will start tomorrow. But it never comes. It’s a vicious circle, one that is extremely hard to break. But with the help and support of friends, it is possible.
This book teaches a lot about body confidence and how taking responsibility for how you eat can be empowering. Appearances can be deceiving and we should never assume or make comparisons, it will only drag us down. Etta learns that what’s important in life is happiness and being truly happy with one’s life. She discovers that dieting isn’t about banning her favourite food but learning how to eat them in moderation and addressing why she craves certain things. With her new group of friends she sees she can be honest and open with them. She doesn’t have to cherry pick what to show of her life because real friends accept all of you, the good and the bad.
I give A Moment On The Lips By J Taylor a Five out of Five paw rating.
Heartwarming and truly inspiring. A real feel good story that is bursting with positivity that yes, it is possible to lose weight and be healthy. Especially if you have supportive family and friends around you. You have nothing to lose, except the pounds.
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