Book Review: TAKE A CHANCE ON ME by Carol Wyer 1



by Carol Wyer





Help Charlie embrace the single life in this romantic, funny, feel good read!

Since splitting from her husband, Charlie’s life has been stuck in a rut. Best friend Mercedes will do anything to put a smile back on Charlie’s face and so draws up a bucket list of things to help Charlie recover her mojo.

Sure enough, as Charlie works her way through the list, belly dancing, and bungee jumping, she makes new friends and even begins to attract some male attention but some of it isn’t the right kind …

Journalist Jake gives Charlie butterflies but he almost seems too perfect – there must be a reason why he’s single. Perhaps Rob would be a better bet – yes he’s short and he drinks too much – but a girl can’t have everything, can she?

The final challenge on Charlie’s list looms large. Can Charlie complete it and prove to herself that life is for living, whatever may have happened in the past? And can Jake get through to Charlie and stop her from settling for the single life or, the wrong man?

Join Charlie as she tries to find her happy-ever-after in this hilarious, heartwarming read that will make you laugh, cry and live your life to the full!


My Rating:

4 hearts


Favorite Quotes:


He’s a laugh, but I suspect he’s a bit of a lady’s man.   My tonsils are still tingling after he kissed me.


I went on the belly dancing website you emailed me and bought some harem pants. They looked good on the skinny mare wearing them on the website but I look as if someone has inflated my legs.


I’m a little worried about shimmying. I’m not sure I can contain these puppies for too long.   I had to strap them down for this class.


I left him examining a box of Just For Men hair dye.   I told him he didn’t need it, but he seems to think he does…  I ought to make sure he hasn’t tried it out. I don’t want to marry someone who looks like Gomez from The Addams Family, do I?


My Review:


I enjoyed this fun and amusing tale of a divorced middle-aged woman hitting her stride and finding her confidence. During a drunken discourse on New Year’s Eve, two friends craft their Carpe Diem list – which sounds considerably posher than a mere bucket list. Through a series of their listed challenges, the main character ironically faces many of her worst fears, loses weight, and finds love. She also turns her adventures into a fundraising effort for charity. But things are not always what they seem and her biggest fan isn’t who or what she expected. The story was easy to follow, sweet, eventful, educational, relevant, and amusing. I love learning Brit slang to add to my list, which now includes jammy cow, mardy, and poxy.


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About the Author

A humorous writer and blogger whose light-hearted novels and articles encourage others to laugh at life and grow old disgracefully.
Her best-selling novels have won several awards for humor and her witty non-fiction book, Grumpy Old Menopause won The People’s Book
Prize Award in 2015.

She has been interviewed on numerous BBC radio stations including BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo and on BBC Breakfast television and Sky.
Carol writes for magazines and websites and also blogs for the Huffington Post HUFF/50.





One comment on “Book Review: TAKE A CHANCE ON ME by Carol Wyer

  1. Reply Bewitched Reader Sep 24,2016 2:54 pm

    I like the sound of a Carpe Diem List.

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