Jennifer Gilby Roberts is unleashing the second book in the fabulous Parker Sisters series! She will be doing the rounds with this soul-searching romance, which will bring you reviews, guest posts and a gorgeous giveaway!
But I Said Forever is the second book in the Parker Sisters series (first book The Dr Pepper Prophecies), but can be read as a standalone.
Guest Post by Jennifer Gilby RobertsOne issue I touch on in But I Said Forever is body image. I’ve become interested in this recently, and I have a Pinterest board devoted to it. It’s a major issue of modern womanhood. The fashion, beauty and diet industries have spent decades training us to believe we’re unattractive, but the tide is beginning to turn. My heroine, Brittany, already appeared in my book The Dr Pepper Prophecies as Mel’s “perfect” younger sister. BISF is all about going behind that image, and as part of that I wanted to show her being insecure about her looks even though she has close to an “ideal” figure, because almost everyone compares themselves negatively with others – even the people you wish you looked like. At the same time, I wanted to have characters in the book who didn’t have “perfect” figures, but who were very comfortable in their own skin. Lauren’s the most extreme example of that, as she has generous curves and is quite happy to show them off (in a rather unusual way!). One thing I only touched on is skinny-bashing. There’s a lot of back-lash against “size zero” now, which is great because most women just aren’t designed to look like that. What’s not okay is when that leads people to declare that size zero is automatically unattractive and unhealthy. Some are designed to be that size and some people do find it the most attractive body type - and that’s fine. Naturally skinny is not a problem. It’s unnaturally skinny – the result of unhealthy practices like deliberate starvation, excessive exercise and potentially dangerous diet pills – which we don’t want. “Healthy” needs to be a key part of “attractive”. At the moment, I’m trying to learn to accept myself as I am. I’ve written a bit about it on my blog. I don’t have a “perfect” figure. To be honest, I don’t even have a healthy one - like many of us, I'm carrying too much weight - but hating the way I look won’t improve it. Like many others, I have a tendency towards emotional eating, so in fact feeling bad about myself is counter-productive. If you’re already struggling with (or have given up on) a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight, why don’t you join me and try instead to accept yourself as you are? Or, at the very least, aim to be healthier, not just thinner.