Publisher: Red Door Books
Genre: Chick Lit
‘Hi, I’m Angela. My husband ran off with the caterer we hired for our daughter’s graduation party – pleased to meet you.’
Meet Angie Shepherd who, after 24 years and 11 months of marriage, finds herself divorced and driven by friends and family to move on. From hangover to makeover, Angie steps firmly away from the sensible knitwear, and launches into every adventure on offer – from baking classes and book groups, to speed dating, and even ‘The Granny-Okes’, a 1980s tribute act and YouTube sensation.
But Angie needs more than a bar of galaxy and a night in with Murder She Wrote… what she dreams of is entrepreneurial success. Channelling her inner Richard Branson, the light bulb moment happens: it’s time to take the plunge and invest her divorce settlement into The Mercury Travel Club, an exciting new business venture. But as the Travel Club gets going, things never go according to plan, and in this digital age a little chaos brings the fame she’s been looking for.
Set in present-day Manchester, this classic mid-life journey features the 1980s soundtrack from Angie’s youth, and sees her travel the world whilst coping with life after the Ex. Angie’s journey is the catalyst her friends need to examine their own lives; as they start to find their true callings, will Angie find hers? Witty, entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny, this feel-good debut novel shows it’s never too late for a second chance.
I have been on a real kick with feel good, chick lit books and this one was another gem of a book to add to my list! Maybe March is just a really good month for new romantic comedy releases?! I’m not sure, but I really enjoyed this hilarious story of Angie Shepherd and the adventures she takes over the course of a year.
When the story begins Angie has been dumped by her husband, Alan right before their twenty fifth wedding anniversary. He left her for their younger caterer, Amanda. Sounds pretty cliche and typical of the genre, right? Well this is anything but typical and boring, there were plenty of unique qualities to make this one a standout. The biggest refreshing change for me was the fact that Angie is more mature than the average chick lit heroine as she’s fifty three. Something else that appealed to me was it had short chapters, which I don’t often find in this genre, I typically only see that in fast paced mystery/thrillers. On top of that, the chapters were actually titled, and cleverly I might add. That’s a rarity as of late and it added some charm.
This follows Angie during the course of a year as she starts a new chapter in her life and she has plenty of adventures along the way. She does karaoke, speed dating, a cruise and starts the Mercury Travel Club through the travel agency where she works. There are also some great secondary characters, my favorite was her best friend Patty. They have a love for eighties music and it really doesn’t get anymore feel good than that, does it? This was an outrageously funny debut all about getting a second chance at a new life.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to Red Door Books and the author for my review copy.