Author: Helen Bridgett
Publisher: Red Door Publishing
Publication Date: March 16th 2017
Genre(s): Women’s Fiction, Romance, General Fiction (Adult)
Format Received: ARC (Paperback)
Goodreads: ‘Hi, I’m Angela. My husband ran off with the caterer we hired for our daughter’s graduation party – pleased to meet you.’
Meet Angie Shepherd who, after 24 years and 11 months of marriage, finds herself divorced and driven by friends and family to move on. From hangover to makeover, Angie steps firmly away from the sensible knitwear, and launches into every adventure on offer – from baking classes and book groups, to speed dating, and even ‘The Granny-Okes’, a 1980s tribute act and YouTube sensation.
But Angie needs more than a bar of galaxy and a night in with Murder She Wrote… what she dreams of is entrepreneurial success. Channelling her inner Richard Branson, the light bulb moment happens: it’s time to take the plunge and invest her divorce settlement into The Mercury Travel Club, an exciting new business venture. But as the Travel Club gets going, things never go according to plan, and in this digital age a little chaos brings the fame she’s been looking for.
Set in present-day Manchester, this classic mid-life journey features the 1980s soundtrack from Angie’s youth, and sees her travel the world whilst coping with life after the Ex. Angie’s journey is the catalyst her friends need to examine their own lives; as they start to find their true callings, will Angie find hers? Witty, entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny, this feel-good debut novel shows it’s never too late for a second
My Review: I’ve just finished The Mercury Travel Club after a ‘two sitting’ reading session and I’m sad to have closed the last page.
I would like to thank Helen Bridgett and Anna from Red Door Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read an ARC of The Mercury Travel Club. I can confirm that I chose to read this ARC and all opinions in this review are my own and are completely unbiased.
What a blast!! This book is so upbeat and happy go lucky that you just want to jump into the book, become one of the characters and enjoy the ride. Why doesn’t this happen in real life?????? If it did, I’d be signing on the dotted line.
Set over the course of a year, The Mercury Travel Club follows Angie through many different highs and lows. Starting off with the low – a divorce – and ending on a high – being the boss of an award winning travel business – not to mention the 80s karaoke and speed dating in between, this book made me laugh so much and made me feel so good. I have to mention that the 80s is a common theme throughout. Being an 80s chick myself, I was there … oh yes, I was definitely there … every step of the way!
After reading The Mercury Travel Club I have to forewarn you all … Helen Bridgett is a name to watch out for. I read and review a lot of books, but sometimes when you’re not expecting it, a debut author will come along and blow your socks off. For me, Helen Bridgett has done just that.
With the sunshine having arrived, grab yourselves a cocktail, don those shades and delve into a story that is fresh with a plethora of characters you will adore and a dash of hope that second chances in life really do happen. Oh, and I forgot … look at the cover!! Don’t you just want to jump straight on board The Mercury Travel Club???