When Evelyn Dooley married her high-school sweetheart, James, she thought she was set for life. Now she’s twenty-eight, single, and fleeing to Dublin from her hometown to avoid the gossip surrounding their break-up. And all because of a test-your-relationship board game.
This was not in her five-year plan.
Then a chance encounter with gorgeous musician Danny leads to an unlikely friendship, and soon the pair are running music nights together in one of the oldest pubs in Dublin. For the first time Evelyn is following her dreams rather than someone else’s – and sparks are beginning to fly between her and Danny…
But when her savings run out and home beckons, Evelyn has to choose. The safe, comfortable life she left behind, or a new adventure with Danny? Will Evelyn flee back to the familiarity of her ex, or reach for the stars and take a leap into the unknown?
*Synopsis and photo from Goodreads
*Thank you NetGalley and to the publisher, Bookouture, for the copy of this title.
I’m Still Standing, previously titled Reach for the Stars, is the second book of the Irish-Canadian author, Colleen Coleman. I really enjoyed her first novel, Don’t Stop Me Now, and I was really excited to see how this one will go. The cover alone promised that this will be a fun read, and it really is. It may not be as awesome as her first book, in my opinion, but it is also not short of amusement and entertainment. Miss Coleman sure knows how to bring a great story that is full of positivity in it. Same as Don’t Stop Me now, I’m Still Standing also tells a tale about a second chance, and this time, it’s the story of Evelyn Dooley, who at 28, found herself divorced from her high school sweetheart after a trip to a marriage counselor. With her sister’s advice, Evelyn excitedly moved into Dublin to start fresh despite the protest of their mom. But finding a job in the big city as a music teacher is not easy. She ends up working at the oldest pub in Dublin. It may not be what’s ideal for some, but for Evelyn, it is perfect. She is happy with what she’s doing and she’s also enjoying the company of people she works with. She even met a nice gorgeous guy, Danny, and immediately became friends and soon after, more. And the two of them team up to bring the pub back to its former glory. Things are starting to look up for Evelyn when suddenly things took on a different turn. Her savings are running out, and it looks like she and Danny wanted different things in life after all. Will Evelyn manage to keep standing in spite of the setback?
The cover is not lying when it says this is an uplifting and funny story. It is definitely one great book filled with laughter and good vibes and I can’t help but feel invested in the story. Evelyn is such an engaging character and is someone relatable and you can easily connect with. Even the secondary characters are fun and contribute a lot more to the story, making it more delightful to read. It may be called as a romantic comedy but it is so much more than that as the story doesn’t really have its focus on the romance but more on the character development. Though I prefer the old title, Reach for the Star, it seemed fitting than the new one. Although, it doesn’t really matter, since the message of the story was beautifully conveyed, about second chances and starting over again, about hopes and dreams and not giving up. Colleen Coleman once again delivered a heart-warming tale and I am looking forward to more books from her. All in all, it is a light, feel-good read, and definitely entertaining, one that will not only leave a smile on your face but inspire you, as well.