An absolute pleasure to be involved with this Blog Tour today for THE UNLIKELY HEROICS OF SAM HOLLOWAY by RHYS THOMAS. My thanks to the author, publisher and Anne of Random Things Tours for letting me be part of it!
About the book
A feel-good novel that will make you laugh and cry. The perfect book club read for fans of The Rosie Project, A Man Called Ove, and The Keeper of Lost Things . Charming, quirky, and bursting with heart.
Sam Holloway has survived the worst that life can throw at you. But he's not really living. His meticulous routines keep everything nice and safe - with just one exception . . .
Three nights a week, Sam dons his superhero costume and patrols the streets. It makes him feel invincible - but his unlikely heroics are getting him into some sticky situations.
Then a girl comes along and starts to shatter the walls Sam has built around himself. Now, he needs to decide if he's brave enough to take off the mask, and to confront the grief he's been avoiding for so long . . .
Hilarious and heart-warming, this is a story about grief, loneliness, and the life-changing power of kindness.
Published by Wildfire books on 9th August 2018
Amazon UK £7.74
Book Depository £7.20
LOVED. LOVED. LOVED!! Do I need to say anymore?! Oh ok then, I'll add a few more thoughts! Needless to say, this book gave me all the feels and Sam Holloway is one of those characters that I immediately fell in love with! A 26 year old unlikely superhero - normal by day( well, normal-ish!), but 3 nights a week he dons a superhero costume to patrol the streets to make the world a better place. And it makes him happy! He has his routines, a simple life living alone - he's an only child of only child parents so loneliness has followed him throughout his life and he embraced it as a child and it set off his interest in comic books and the superheroes on their pages.
This book tells his story - each chapter alternates between 'normal' Sam, and 'Superhero Sam' and this way is a perfect way to explore the extremes of his life and what has led him to reach this point in his life. I've seen comparisons to Eleanor Oliphant and can totally understand why. He was teased at school and has never really fitted in, but comic books made him feel like there's more out there and is a way for him to escape certain aspects of his life.
He can also be found trawling through Facebook posts of those people he used to know, out in the world doing things he'd never dream of, and that's when the loneliness of a night strikes him. But his routines keep him safe
But his life is about to change after a random conversation in a local pub and his outlook on life begins to alter. He has never really connected with anyone but Sarah seems to get his quirkiness! She's not one to fit in either and is happy to join him and his friends when they go meteor spotting, pub quizzes - just hanging out. But with personal distractions, comes the risk of his nice, safe world crashing down around him.....
This was such a powerful story for me - it dealt with a character dealing with loneliness, grief and also the social anxieties that the world today brings with it. He is prone to over analyzing everything, and pondering the meaning of life when he sees just how low humanity has got - so relevant in the times we live in! It was humorous and heartbreaking in equal measures! An absolute delight to read so what are you waiting for.... go get your copy now!! 😉