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Monday, 11 September 2017

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield

Book details:

The Smallest Thing
by Lisa Manterfield
Publication date: July 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult


The very last thing 17-year-old Emmott Syddall wants is to turn out like her dad. She’s descended from ten generations who never left their dull English village, and there’s no way she’s going to waste a perfectly good life that way. She’s moving to London and she swears she is never coming back.

But when the unexplained deaths of her neighbors force the government to quarantine the village, Em learns what it truly means to be trapped. Now, she must choose. Will she pursue her desire for freedom, at all costs, or do what’s best for the people she loves: her dad, her best friend Deb, and, to her surprise, the mysterious man in the HAZMAT suit?

Inspired by the historical story of the plague village of Eyam, this contemporary tale of friendship, community, and impossible love weaves the horrors of recent news headlines with the intimate details of how it feels to become an adult—and fall in love—in the midst of tragedy.

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5 out of 5 (exceptional)

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I really, really enjoyed this story!! It grabbed my attention from the start and held it to the end. I was left wanting more but that simply is because I wanted to know what happened, needed to know they were okay. The author could have continued but it would have made a very long story. So it wasn’t enough to make me want to rate it any less.

The detail in this story is simply chilling.  Since this was based on a true story, the idea that these details are real makes it leave goosebumps as you read. It was intriguing to read and scary at the same time. Can you imagine living through something like this? I sure can’t. I think the author really did an excellent job bringing the reader into the story. The descriptions were crazy real. The details and descriptions really did a great job bringing the story to life, again, and allowing the reader population to experience just a snippet of an experience like that.

I can’t really say enough good about this story. The author did such a great job, at times, it seemed like a fantasy story, and at times it seemed like real life. I appreciate the way that she chose to tell the story. I appreciated her writing style and her ability to draw the reader in. I would definitely recommend this story – it’s one to enjoy and remember, for sure!

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

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Tour-wide giveaway (INTL) - ends 21st September

A signed copy of The Smallest Thing + $50 Amazon gift card

Lisa Manterfield is the award-winning author of I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood. Her work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Los Angeles Times, and Psychology Today. Originally from northern England, she now lives in Southern California with her husband and over-indulged cat. A Strange Companion is her first novel. Learn more at

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Tour Organised by: Xpresso Book Tours


  1. I just love your cover and would love to read your book.

  2. I really like the cover! Sounds like a great read!

  3. Oh I love stories based on real events and this one sounds so amazing and scary but loving. Has all the things I look for in a book!

  4. It def does sounds like a thought provoking, chilling read! Great review, Amy!

  5. I liked the synopsis, sounds like a good read.

  6. I can't imagine being trapped in a place and yet it happens. Congrats on the book tour and thanks for the chance to win.

  7. The Premise of the story is very intriguing and I'm looking forward to reading more about Emmott.

  8. Awesome review, sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing :)

  9. Thanks so much for the great review. I'm really pleased you enjoyed the book. :-)

  10. Sounds like a good read. Thank you for the giveaway!

  11. Thank you for your honest review, it's much appreciated!

  12. I looking forward to reading this!

  13. I love the cover and synopsis!

  14. Oh I love that this is inspired by the village of Eyam. I would love to read, cannot imagine what that would be like!