Book Review: Life’s What You Make It by Siân O’Gorman

After previously reading and loving Life After You, I was thrilled to be invited on the blog tour for Siân O’Gorman’s latest book, Life’s What You Make It. Here’s what I thought.

Goodreads Blurb

Life’s What You Make It by Siân O’Gorman

After 10 years in London, working in a stressful City firm, Liv O’Neill returns home to Sandycove, a picturesque seaside village, just outside Dublin to care for her mother after a fall. 

Whilst Liv reconnects with friends and family, she is amazed by Sandycove’s thriving community spirit with its artisan shops, delis and cafes – it’s not quite the place she left behind. 

As village life begins to creep under her skin, Liv is forced to confront the things that drove her away.

Can Liv balance her past, present and future and find her own happy place?

And will a handsome young doctor help her make a decision about the life she really wants?

Suddenly her old life in London begins to seem extremely unappealing and Liv is forced to use her family’s past in order to forge a brand new future.

Life’s What You Make It Book Cover


I enjoyed Life’s What You Make It on a personal level and on a book lover level. On a personal level, I just got Liv. I’m also 10 years away from home and at that point in life where I’m questioning things. My values have also been realigned and I’m wondering what the best way forward for me is. Needless to say I got sucked into Liv’s story and I was 100% committed to finding out what happened in the end.

I felt a lot of emotions reading Life’s What You Make It. Besides Liv’s story, I felt empathetic towards many of the characters in this book. It’s not hard when they are a super friendly and living bunch, part of a tight-knit community. Ah that sense of community that you can only get in Ireland. Reading about it brought a tear to my eye at times. But this book didn’t just make me feel sad and wistful. It also made me feel excited and hopeful and proud of who I am.

I also enjoyed Life’s What You Make It because it is a damn good story. Fair enough, you could say that this book is predictable. But so what? Sometimes you need a reliable, comforting book and that’s exactly what I got. I got a book that make me smile, that made me nostalgic, that made me hopeful and that gave me four solid hours of bliss. That what you want from a book, right?

Pick up your copy of Life’s What You Make It here.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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