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From Highlights to Lowlifes by Alyson Chattoe and Jilly Clarkby

Hey guys. Today I’m on a Love Books Group tour for From Highlights to Lowlifes by Alyson Chattoe and Jilly Clarkby! Please follow the tour on social media! The book is available now. I received a copy for free for review purposes.

From Highlights to Lowlifes is based on a true-life account and diary entries. It’s weird how one choice can profoundly impact ones life in such a way. Tilly is struggling with life and makes a choice. A one time decision which she hopes will get things back on track for her. Nobody will look twice at miss average, she is reassured.. however, that turned out to not be the case and before she knew it, Tilly was being escorted to prison.

All Tilly wanted to do was get life back on track. Her partner was an addict, she had bills to pay and children to support, instead she ends up doing a stint in prison and endures all of the chaos that comes with it. From Highlights to Lowlifes takes you through Tilly’s journey from the ferry back home, to her sentence in prison and the thoughts and feelings that brought her to that point.

From Highlights to Lowlifes is a fairly short read that I didn’t want to put down. A candid insight to prison from a person who wasn’t used to committing crimes or life incarcerated. My heart ached for Tilly. It felt so awful that she had such a rough ride for that one time bad decision, but at the end of the day, she did still commit a crime and needed to be punished for that. While in there, she met a girl named Mia who it turns out was in the exact same boat as her. Tilly and Mia’s stories were quite different though.

I really enjoyed this read… I mean, enjoyed feels like the wrong term to use when I’m reading about someones real life experience and it’s not a pleasant one but it was sort of eye opening. I mean there are often portrayals of prison life in the media, but you don’t often get this sort of perspective put across. I felt sad for Tilly and was rooting for her throughout. I got frustrated and angry for her. It’s well written without being overly dramatic. It really feels authentic. All in all, I really recommend it. You’ll easily fly through it and it’s quite the journey.

About the Book

What had seemed the answer to Tilly’s problems had now turned into her worst nightmare. A happily married mother-of-three, Tilly was not the stereotypical criminal – in fact, she’d barely warrant a second glance if passed in the street.

“No one will stop you, Tilly. You’re Mrs. Average. Why would any­one suspect you?”

She’d only wanted to protect her family. If your whole life was under threat, would you make the same decision?

Based on actual events and real-life diary entries, Tilly’s story shows how quickly life can turn…


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