Book Review: A Hopeaholic’s Hallelujah by Vanessa Leah Stevenson

A Hopeaholic's Hallelujah

 A Hopeaholic’s Hallelujah by Vanessa Leah Stevenson
Release Date: 1st July 2014
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
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5 star


A suspenseful Rom-Com based on a sensational True Story.

 SINERS needed NOW for a Wroking Holliday in Cyprus!
 Work six nites/week. Injoy sites in the day. And sun and beech.
 3 munth kontrakt. Start ASAP.’

Only desperate people answer dodgy ads . . .

 Enter reckless optimist Jessica Hollingberry.

The gamble is audacious. The stakes are high. But all Jess sees is the chance to win back her fiancé and turn her life around. Anyway, it’s not like it’s a life-or-death situation; it’s just a short stint on an exotic island. What’s the worst that could happen?

Then she meets delectable, irresistible Aidan Reynolds, and she suddenly realises the odds were stacked against her from the start. She doesn’t have a prayer.


After coming over from South Africa with her fiancé, Paul, to conquer a career as a super successful actress, things haven’t exactly gone to plan for poor Jess Hollingberry.
Struggling to find work Jess thinks she has hit the jackpot when she answers an add for a singer working abroad in Cyprus.
As well as being able to work at doing something she loves, Jess does have an ulterior motive to going all the way to Cyprus. She is certain that Paul (who has been her fiancé for six long years!) will be reluctant to let her leave. Things haven’t been great between them lately, but when Paul seems fine with the idea of his future wife to be being in another country for three months (outrageous!) Jess convinces herself that he’ll soon realise how much he misses his fiancé when she’s not there.
So off Jess goes to Cyprus, determined to make this venture a success. Cue dodgy apartments, Cruella, a rather hunky Irishman and erm, problematic lifts…

Firstly, let’s talk Jess. I loved this woman…for me she was the ultimate chick lit heroine and I was on her side right from the very first page. Perhaps it’s because she is actually based on A Hopeaholic’s Hallelujah author, Vanessa Stevenson, she is so realistic and very easy to warm to. After all, she’s just like you and me, down to earth, catastrophe prone, and desperately trying to make the best of the situation that she finds herself in. She also says Sherbet a lot of place of something ruder… Show me a woman who can’t relate to Jess, she’s simply fantastic.
I found myself laughing, crying and cringing alongside her journey as she ventures to sunny Cyprus and struggles to please her (frankly terrifying) bosses, who she nicknames Cruella and Slimebucket. Although they are both characters you’ll love to hate, they cracked me up – especially Slimebucket…the man is so funny! His misuse of the English Language makes for some rib tickling dialogue.
A Hopeaholic’s Hallelujah is classic chick-lit. It’s warm, light, feel-good, has a beautiful man thrown in (Aiden. The hunky Irishman I mentioned earlier…) and will leave you with the biggest, soppiest grin on your face ever.
Reading this book is like feasting on a box of chocolates but without the calories. I swear it’ll produce the same feel-good endorphins as munching your way through a bar of Dairy Milk (or running a few laps around the park. The choice is yours…)
Vanessa makes you feel as though Jess is right there having a chat with you through her style of writing. Reading this book is just like having a gossip with your best friend and following her on an exciting, hilarious adventure at the same time.
The storyline is exciting and imaginative, making A Hopeaholic’s Hallelujah a page-turner of a novel that you can’t help but whizz through (and then miss when it’s over. Boo!)
If you need cheering up or just want to escape for a few hours then – Holly ha – I can’t urge you enough to pick up this book. It’ll brighten up your day and make you chuckle, BIG TIME.
The phrase ‘write what you know’ is one that’s often thrown around in the world of novel writing and I feel that that is exactly what Vanessa Stevens has done with A Hopeaholic’s Hallelujah. The fact that this is based on a true story makes it all the more fascinating (and at times surprising…SLIMEBUCKET ACTUALLY EXSISTS. EEEK.) but it’s written completely as if it were fiction, so it never feels autobiographical and if I hadn’t already known that ‘Jess’ was actually Vanessa then I never would have guessed.
Vanessa Stevens is an author who I desperately want to read more from. I love her voice and witty, hilarious style of writing will grab you right from the start of the story. Packed with romance, friendships and pure hilarity, this is a must-read for any chick-lit fan.

I only have one question…Can Jess please be my BFF?

A very big, squishy thank you to Vanessa for kindly sending me a copy of The Hopeaholic’s Hallelujah to read and review.


Vanessa Stevenson

Vanessa Leah Stevenson lives in Kent, U.K. with her husband, a Ben Stiller doppelganger, and two aristocats.

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