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BLOG TOUR: Stand by Me by S.D. Robertson

I am so pleased to be on the blog tour today for Stand by Me by S.D. Robertson, I really enjoyed this book and I shall share my review for you in the next few days. Here's the idea behind this heart warming book: 

Lisa and Elliot have been best friends ever since the day they met as children. Popular, bright and sporty, Lisa was Elliot’s biggest supporter when the school bullies made his life a misery, and for that, he will always be grateful.
Life has pulled the pair apart and Lisa is struggling. Her marriage is floundering, her teenage kids are being secretive, and she’s so tired she can’t think straight. So when Elliot knocks on the door, looking much better than she remembers, she can’t help but be delighted to see her old friend again.
With Elliot back in their lives, Lisa’s family problems begin to improve – he’s like the fairy godmother she never had. As their bond deepens, she realises how much she’s missed him, and prays that this is one friendship that will last a lifetime. But sometimes, life has other ideas…
A heartwarming story perfect for fans of Keith Stewart and Jojo Moyes, that will leave you with a tear in your eye but hope in your heart.
If that has whet your appetite then keep reading for an exclusive extract:

Extract Nine: Chapter 16, pp.168-169

So far – not that he’d admit this to Lisa – he’d found her old friend a bit of a threat. Who wouldn’t? Elliot had flown over without warning from the other side of the world and had everything going for him. He was wealthy, successful and in great shape; he had a shared childhood with Lisa that Mike knew little or nothing about. Oh yeah, and he’d effortlessly managed to save Ben’s life yesterday in between cooking a fantastic meal and being an all-round nice guy.

Mike’s life, on the other hand, was in pieces. He was overweight, jobless and pretty useless around the house. He drank too much and bit Lisa’s head off far more frequently than he bought her flowers or behaved roman­tically. He was stuck in a rut. The idea that someone like Elliot could potentially swoop in and steal all he had left – his wife and kids – terrified him.

Not that Elliot had given Mike the impression he was  here to do that. One of the most infuriating things about him was that he was so amiable. Despite the potential threat he posed to Mike, even he found it hard to hate him. And if anything, hearing that Elliot hadn’t always had things so easy actually increased his likeability factor.

No, it was jealousy rather than hate that Mike felt towards Elliot. Embarrassing but true. That was the reason he’d tried to criticise his actions yesterday. That and guilt for not being the one to save Ben himself.

But there was something else about Elliot too: something Mike couldn’t quite put his finger on. He got the sense that there was more to this sudden visit back home than business. Why choose to return now, unannounced, after staying away for two decades? And if he was here about important matters relating to his company, how come he had so much free time on his hands to catch up with Lisa?

Wouldn’t a last-minute trip to the other side of the world signal something of crucial importance? So how come he hadn’t been fielding calls or emails on his mobile every few minutes? Come to think of it, Mike couldn’t ever remember seeing Elliot use a mobile. Was that normal for a guy who ran a successful tech firm?

What if he was here for another reason altogether and the whole business thing was a cover story?

Whatever it was, something didn’t add up.

Please take the time to check out the other stops on the blog tour for more extracts, interviews with the author and reviews of the book! 


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