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Thursday, 10 November 2016

Take a Chance on Me by Carol Wyer

A hilarious heart-warming read about friendship, taking chances and finding love, second time round.
When Charlie’s husband leaves after ten years of marriage, her spirits hit an all-time low. She just isn’t sure how to pick herself up again. So, best friend Mercedes makes it her mission to put a spring back in Charlie’s step with the perfect bucket list.
As Charlie bungee jumps and belly dances her way through an array of adventures, her love life also begins to look up and she’s soon enjoying a few dates as a newly single woman. She begins to realise that finding romance, might not be so hard, especially when you’ve got someone like journalist Jake who has an adorable little boy and is very easy on the eye.
But is Jake too good to be true? As Charlie’s challenges on the bucket list get bigger, so do her questions about Jake. Should she continue to hold out for the fairy-tale? Or is it only in rom coms that dreams can come true?
A witty romantic read perfect for fans of Carole Matthews and Debbie Johnson.

Title:               Take a Chance on Me
Author:           Carol Wyer
Published By: Bookouture
Date:               Sept 20th 2016
Link:               UK: Amazon  US: Amazon

My Review

A lovely story following Charlie and her best friend Mercedes who work on a hospital radio station.

Charlie's life had fallen apart after the loss of her thirteen year old daughter Amy and subsequent divorce from her husband Gavin. The job at the radio kept her busy as well as baking cakes for a local art shop to sell.

Mercedes had been in an accident in which she became paralysed from the waist down and Charlie had helped her though her recovery so their friendship was pretty solid. One drunken New Year's Eve they both draw up bucket lists and Mercedes has the bright idea of swapping lists as she realistically couldn't do many of the things on her own list.

Charlie is a good sport as she endeavours to complete the list and when the radio station is under threat she reluctantly becomes the person to try and save it in the form of 'Challenge Charlie' she gets herself into some pickles as she attempts to tick off the items on the list and usually ends up making a fool of herself in front of a handsome man.

The book was comical and heartbreaking in equal measures lots of funny challenges to complete and an attempt to get back into the world of dating which goes horribly wrong but some very tender and heartbreaking moments as she thinks of her little girl especially when her ex brings her some news.

I loved Peggy the next door neighbour and her parrot Bert and thought they added a lot to the story.

A genuinely enjoyable read.

Thanks to Carol for gifting me a copy of the book which I've reviewed voluntarily.

Book Angel x

About the Author

Carol E. Wyer is an award-winning author whose humorous books take a light-hearted look at getting older and encourage others to age disgracefully.
She won The people's Book Prize Award in 2015 for 'Grumpy Old Menopause' and has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing 'Irritable Male Syndrome' and 'Ageing Disgracefully' and on BBC Breakfast television and Sky. She has had articles published in national magazines 'Woman's Weekly' featured in 'Take A Break', 'Choice', 'Yours' and 'Woman's Own' magazines and writes regularly for The Huffington Post.
In 2014, she took a crash course in stand up comedy and tours to sell out audiences with her comedy talk 'Smile While You Still Have Teeth'.
Carol is a signed author with Bookouture and Delancey Press.

To learn more about Carol, go to or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer. Carol blogs at and

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