'Fifteen-year-old Alice is clever, funny and not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. So when her father, whom she idolises, leaves home to fight in a war she doesn't believe in, she is distraught. Alice Bliss is a powerful coming-of-age story of love, family and grief.' --Big Issue in the North
'Alice Bliss is a marvelous debut novel by author, Laura Harrignton. More than a simple story about a girl losing her father to a war she can't stop, it's a story of hope & love and growing up overnight. A story that will have you thrilled at the possibility of young love and have your eyes opened wide to the tragedy that comes with wartime. It's possible that I could write for hours about this brilliant novel that is definitely in my Top Ten books ever read, but I won't. I'll simply say, go read this novel it will change you forever!' --chicklitreviews.com
'If it sounds like a bit of an emotional heavyweight, it should. Stand by for tear-jerking flashbacks and, at one point, some distant echoes of Cecelia Ahern's PS I Love You. Harrington's playwright roots and heavy use of dialogue making the characters authentic. The emotionally taut conversations between Alice and her mother are particularly well executed.' --Stylist Book of the Week
'This moving debut novel, from playwright Laura Harrington, explores the emotions children experience when a parent goes to war.'
--**** Star Magazine
`Alice is 15 and not afraid to stand up for the things she believes in. But when her beloved father is sent away to war, she finds she has to grow up quickly in an emotional novel from this debut author.' --Bella magazine
`Alice's dad goes to war and then the unthinkable happens. This story of friendship, love, grief and growing up will yank on the heartstrings. And then some.' --Look magazine
`Seen mainly through the eyes of 14 year old Alice - whose relationship with her father is tenderly and movingly realised - she struggles to come to terms with this unlooked-for coming of age . . . The setting and writing style is American through and through, but the relationships at its heart are recognisable anywhere.'
"I put down this book and thought, there is no one like this girl, so fully has Harrington brought a new Alice to life. The great sorrow, of course, is that there are many Alice Blisses out there. The power of Harrington's richly delineated novel lies in putting a girl like Alice before us and asking us to remember how many beautiful, feisty others are staring down the long hall of adulthood with a father or a mother gone to war."
-Sarah Blake, bestselling author of "The Postmistress"
"Alice is a true heroine: intelligent, passionate, strong-minded. Watching her find her way is an absorbing pleasure."
-Margot Livesey, author of "The House on Fortune Street"
"This book may be the "Our Town" of the twenty-first century."
-Anne Roiphe, author of "Epilogue: A Memoir"
"Meet Alice Bliss, the heroine of Laura Harrington's gorgeous page-turner of a first novel. Like Scout in Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," Alice is destined to become a household