The Mercury Travel Club
by Helen Bridgett
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.
…there are plenty of fish still in the sea without you having to go back to that washed-up walrus.
Our first venture has gone well, even if it does feel as if I’m in an episode of Scooby-Doo. I wonder which character I am.
I’ve watched American beauty pageants on TV and they looked like this. There’s obviously a circuit crowd who greet each other with bi-focal faces: the mouth is smiling hello while the eyes are snarling ‘die bitch die’.
I head back downstairs and straight for the gym. I find the punch bag instead. I pound it with everything I have and then more. This lasts about thirty seconds – they’re much tougher than they seem in films.
I enjoyed this entertaining and cleverly amusing first person POV story featuring Angie, a betrayed and newly divorced fifty-three-year-old woman. I relished her bitter, comical, and fanciful inner musings and although she occasionally veered off track, I admired her attitude. Her marriage was over but her life wasn’t. Angie began her transition from being part of a two to just one by joining a book club, and in so doing, found a life coach in Caroline, the bookstore owner, who encouraged her to daydream and wave a magic wand over her new hopes and ideas of each major life aspect. It was an effective exercise and one we should all replicate. Step one – Angie took stock in the mirror and was shocked to find a Frida type uni-brow and granny fugly wardrobe – so off for a makeover with extensive plucking, which resulted in an instant uptick in her self-confidence. If only the other areas were as easy to tackle.
I enjoyed Angie’s transformation and how her improvements affected and enhanced the lives of those around her. I adored her outspoken and wily best friend Patty, whom I instantly identified with since I pretty much am a Patty. Angie and Patty together and individually find themselves embroiled in several unique adventures such as speed dating, forming a karaoke band, gambling on a new business venture, international travel, busting a shipboard crime ring, opening up to romance, entering competitions, and even riding pillion with a leather-clad biker. I enjoyed my time with this amusing group and look forward to more.
About Helen Bridgett
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
Website – https://helenbridgett.com/
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