“The Mercury Travel Club” by Helen Bridgett. Is available in paperback and eBook format. Published by Red Door Publishing.
He took her to dinner: that was annoying
He slept with her: that was hurtful
He bought new underwear to impress her: quite frankly astounding
He left me to bloody wash his FILTHY WHORING PANTS: INFURIATING!
After twenty-four years and eleven months of marriage, Angie Shepherd is divorced, dejected and facing a future of cardigans and cats. Best friend Patty is having none of it, and launches Angie into a variety of crazy schemes in search of her lost mojo.
But it s just not enough; what she really dreams of is beating her ex and becoming Entrepreneur of the Year. Channelling her inner Richard Branson, Angie invests her divorce settlement into The Mercury Travel Club, a travel agency with a twist. But as the club gets going, things don’t go according to plan, and in this digital age, a little chaos brings the recognition Angie’s been looking for.
Witty, entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny, this feel-good novel shows that it’s never too late for a second chance.
Angela is coming up for her 53rd birthday, she is divorced, in a starter home and feeling a little sorry for herself. Her marriage ended after 24 years and 11 months, not even long enough to get her silver wedding anniversary. Her 23-year-old daughter Zoe, wants her mum to move on, just as Zoe’s dad has. Patty has been a friend to Angela for over 30 years and is of the same opinion as Zoe, but her ideas are not the same as Zoe’s. During one night out, the girls are trending on you tube, much to Zoe’s disgust!
Essentially this is a story of a 50 something trying to find out who she is, and also so much more than that. As Angela takes steps to moving on she starts to change, initially outwardly, it is far easier to change clothes, hair and make up. After a while she starts to change on the inside, she decides she is going to be priority and starts to gain the confidence to put herself first. What started as a little idea, has turned into a success. Her little idea of a travel club is now reality, as is all the hard work of organising, attending talks, group visits and the whole shebang that goes with it.
This is a great book, it is light-hearted and heart-warming. I am not a big reader of this style of book, but as I read this I had a smile on my face, and several times sniggered at the antics. It has a great deal of well written little stories within the main story, sort of anecdotes of things that happen in the characters lives. The characters are wonderful, diverse and well described. The plot of the story I really enjoyed. As I mentioned, a 50 something woman finding herself, or should I say finding herself in situations that she would never have considered herself in as a wife. It is a warm, cosy, snuggly read, with some wonderful characters and really well written.
I would recommend this book to readers of chic lit, who like a good light-hearted, heart warming, humorous read with some memorable characters. I will be looking out for more books in this series.
I would like to say a big thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for bringing this book to my attention and allowing me a spot on the tour. My thoughts here are my own and are unbiased. I would also like to wish Helen all the best with this book and future books.
About the Author:
Helen Bridgett was born in North-East England and now lives in Manchester having stopped off at a few places in between. Having failed miserably with every New Year’s resolution that involved giving up food or drink, one year, she set herself a completely different goal – to write a novel and give it as a Christmas present. The Mercury Travel Club was born and the characters took on a life of their own. Outside of writing, Helen loves hiking and wine – not usually at the same time.Helen is currently developing the next novels in The Mercury Travel Club series
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: RedDoor Publishing (16 Mar. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1910453285
- ISBN-13: 978-1910453285
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