Thursday, 1 January 2015

The Year of Taking Chances by Lucy Diamond

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 following 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?

The Year of Taking Chances is a perfect read for this time of year, we will all soon be making our New Year’s resolutions or thinking of our hopes for 2015 so what better book to read than one about three realistic and relatable women who will be making big changes and taking chances in 2015. Gemma, Saffron and Caitlin first meet at Gemma and husband Spencer’s New Years Eve party as they bond over awfully mixed cocktails they soon find themselves reading their fortune cookies but they couldn’t predict how much the year ahead was going to have an impact on their lives.

There was such a large group of characters in this book alongside our three heroines and it did take a while to get to grips with who was who but each character brings something to the storyline to help make this an enjoyable page turner. The situations that our three heroines find themselves in are normal everyday situations which we could find ourselves in and their reactions to these problems were also realistic so you could relate or sympathise with each of the ladies. I sympathised strongly to Gemma as I have found myself in a similar position before ( thankfully not with any injuries) and at one point in the book I had got so wrapped up in her storyline that when there was one shocking remark made I had to put the book down because it had really riled me!

There is a lot of content covered in this book from family troubles to finances and relationships to name a few so at times in the book there were some emotional and touching parts but there were also fun and positive parts too so this book was still an uplifting  read. This was another well written storyline with well developed characters, this is yet another enjoyable read by Lucy Diamond a great book to kick of the year.

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