What the publisher says:
From the bestselling author of The Beach Cafe, Lucy Diamond, comes The Year of Taking Chances, a novel full of warmth, humour and romance.
Because love is always worth the risk . . .
It’s New Year’s Eve, and Gemma and Spencer Bailey are throwing a house party. There’s music, dancing, champagne and all their best friends under one roof. It’s going to be a night to remember.
Also at the party is Caitlin, who has returned to the village to pack up her much-missed mum’s house and to figure out what to do with her life; and Saffron, a PR executive who’s keeping a secret which no amount of spin can change. The three women bond over Gemma’s dodgy cocktails and fortune cookies, and vow to make this year their best one yet.
But as the months unfold, Gemma, Saffron and Caitlin find themselves tested to their limits by shocking new developments. Family, love, work, home – all the things they’ve taken for granted are thrown into disarray. Under pressure, they are each forced to rethink their lives and start over. But dare they take a chance on something new?
What I say:
A chance meeting at a New Year’s Party leads to a new friendship between Gemma, Saffron and Caitlin. The three of them hide from the party chaos in the kitchen and open fortune cookies together, deciding that this will be the year that things change for them. They have no idea how much things will change for them over the months to come.
I enjoyed this book immensely. The characters came across as real people. Grandma wasn’t the stereotypical rosy cheeked jolly woman, teenage son wasn’t just a being that grunted in the corner and best of all the three main characters had problems and worries just like everyone else. The story progresses over the course of a few months and despite the storyline jumping between the three of them it was actually very easy to follow and keep track of what was happening with who. Together they overcome their problems by working together and supporting each other so that by the end of the story the future looks a lot more positive for all of them and their families.
Perhaps one of the parts of the book which appealed to me most is Gemma overhearing her daughter referring to her as “just a mum”. I felt that this was very observant as many mums have probably felt this way at some time and it made the character all the more real to me that she wasn’t just accepting of her role as a mum/housewife but did want something more. Happily she does achieve this.
Rating 4 out of 5