Genre: Romantic Comedy
It’s Evie’s birthday and the start of a year she’ll never forget. An emotional story of love, friendship and grabbing life by the horns.
Evie’s job has always been her safe haven. As a librarian in the little town of Becton she loses herself in books – after all it’s far easier to read about other people’s problems than set about solving her own.
Then, one birthday, everything is turned upside down. A mysterious parcel containing a beautiful book with a poignant inscription arrives for Evie. It’s the beginning of a new chapter for Evie and she’s inspired to try and find her real mother.
Evie’s search leads her to meet handsome author Noah Jones. Charming and intelligent, Noah seems the perfect catch but what Evie doesn’t realise is that he is hiding something – a key to Evie’s past.
As Evie gets closer to Noah and discovering her mother, she must take a giant leap of faith. Can she embrace the new and make this her year of taking chances? And if she does, will she get her heart broken?
I’m thrilled to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Evie’s Year of Taking Chances.
I have to start by mentioning that absolutely beautiful cover, all of Barlow’s covers are so pretty, but this one makes me want to climb on that bench next to Evie and read a book, it’s so cute! Evie is quite the adorable character as well, she’s a twenty three year old librarian, so this story is a book lovers dream. Besides plenty of scenes inside the library, I could totally relate to Evie and her best friend Clara’s obsession with authors, I may fangirl myself from time to time. Especially when one of my favorites follows me on Twitter. There may be squealing and giggle. Maybe. Moving on, Evie hasn’t had the easiest upbringing, she was taken into foster care as soon as she was born and didn’t find any real connection until she came into contact with Irene, her adoptive mother. These two have the loveliest bond, it was special and beautiful. Now Evie has decided to try and find her birth mother and though she’s scared, it’s time for her to start taking some risks.
When I read a romantic comedy I’m not really expecting that many twists but I was pleasantly surprised by how many turns this book took! It was a real emotional roller coaster as I vacillated from laughter, to sadness, then I was smiling through my tears. Barlow really knows how to craft authentic characters and besides the wonderful Evie I loved many more that were part of this charming story. Aiden is her new coworker, a single father with an adorably charming son, Theo, then there’s Wilson, the UPS man, and Noah an author who Evie admires. All of these men were likable and lovely, I couldn’t get enough of them. When you want to befriend every character in a book you know the author has done a wonderful job.
This was a sweet, uplifting read about what happens when you step outside of your comfort zone, totally feel good and gorgeous, but with some surprises along the way.
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Thanks to Bookouture for my review copy.
About the Author:
Christie Barlow was born in Cheshire and had a successful career as a civil servant until she decided to trade it in for something more glamorous: ironing, mucking out chickens and horses and chasing a mad cocker spaniel while rearing four children. Christie wrote her debut novel, A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, as an example to her kids about realising their dreams.