The Year of Taking Chances (Lucy Diamond)

>>>>  Nº 13 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A book set in a different country <<<<

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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?

I liked this book a whole lot more than I was expecting. I had just finished reading The Perfect Match, by Katie Fforde and my expectations were kind of low – having that book been a bit less stellar than I had hoped.

The Year of Taking Chances follows the first months of a new year of 3 very different women. Gemma, mother of 2, with the perfect husband, is suddenly at a loss when her loving husband suffers an accident that leaves him unable to work and depressed. Having to earn money, which she hadn’t done in years and trying to save her marriage at the same time, she finds two friends in Saffron and Caitlin who become her pillar.

Caitlin is dealing with the death of her mother and just having found out that her boyfriend was cheating on her. A little lost, with no idea who or what she is, she soon discovers that she’s adopted and finds her solace working with Gemma and Saffron. Oh, she also finds the love of her life.

Saffron lives in London, on New Year’s Eve she’s trying to make a big decision. Will she keep the baby? She just found out that she got pregnant of a guy she was having a casual relationship with. She doesn’t want to tell him, because he’s already got 2 kids and mostly because she’s not sure she actually wants to keep it… This is my favorite storyline of the three. I just loved Saffron!

I really liked the writing, even though we have three POV’s with their own storyline, we get developments of every single one of the ladies through the others eyes.

Rating: 3.8 stars

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