Bookworm uses references from well-known book titles to set the foundation. Ultimately, this is a story showing what happens when fantasy meets reality.

4.5-STAR REVIEW: BOOKWORM by Robin Yeatman

About The Book

Publication Date: February 14, 2023

A wickedly funny debut novel—a black comedy with a generous heart that explores the power of imagination and reading—about a woman who tries to use fiction to find her way to happiness.

Victoria is unhappily married to an ambitious and controlling lawyer consumed with his career. Burdened with overbearing in-laws, a boring dead-end job she can’t seem to leave, and a best friend who doesn’t seem to understand her, Victoria finds solace from the daily grind in her beloved books and the stories she makes up in her head. One day, in a favorite café, she notices an attractive man reading the same talked-about bestselling novel that she is reading. A woman yearning for her own happy ending, Victoria is sure it’s fate. The handsome book lover must be her soul mate.

There’s only one small problem. Victoria is already married. Frustrated, and desperate to change her life, Victoria retreats to the dark places in her mind and thinks back to all the stories she’s ever read in hopes of finding a solution. She begins to fantasize about nocturnal trysts with café man, and imaginative ways (poisoned pickles were an inspired choice in Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres) of getting rid of the dread husband.

It’s all just harmless fantasy born of Victoria’s fevered imagination and her books—until, one night, fiction and reality blur and suddenly it seems Victoria is about to get everything she’s wished for . . . .

The Review

Victoria uses books as an escape from an unfulfilling marriage where she is expected to become someone she is not. Books also give her a security blanket to observe others and mentally create stories about their lives.

Author Robin Yeatman delivers a unique story in Bookworm that highlights a main character ready to rewrite her own life.

When Victoria sets eyes on Luke at the coffee shop, she devises all sorts of scenarios in her mind. It’s evident that her mind is a fertile place, especially since she seems obsessed with finding ways to kill her husband.

The writer adds a deeper dimension by highlighting the friendship between Holly and Victoria that is tangled with secrets. When the secrets come to life, Victoria is faced with an opportunity.

Bookworm uses references from well-known book titles to set the foundation. Ultimately, this is a story showing what happens when fantasy meets reality.

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About The AuthorRobin Yeatman is a shameless bookworm who was born in Calgary and raised in Vancouver, Canada. Educated in British Columbia and England, she studied literature, trained as a broadcast journalist, and worked in radio as a morning show producer. After a dozen years in Montreal, she now lives in Vancouver. Bookworm is her first book.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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Bookworm uses references from well-known book titles to set the foundation. Ultimately, this is a story showing what happens when fantasy meets reality.4.5-STAR REVIEW: BOOKWORM by Robin Yeatman