I am thrilled to be today’s stop on Helen Bridgett’s The Mercury Travel Club blog tour! 🙂
Publisher: RedDoor Publishing (16th March 2017)
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 theystart 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 chance.
The Mercury Travel Club has been a lovely light-hearted read, especially after the last few books I’ve read.
Angie Shepherd is in her early 50’s and she’s recently divorced after almost 25 years of marriage to Alan, who left her for another woman. She’s not quite sure what to do with herself having never really lived on her own before. I instantly liked Angie and sympathised with her completely. I can’t imagine starting over at nearly 40, let alone 50! It must be terrifying! Angie does a great job of finding herself though and I thoroughly enjoyed following her story as she built a new life for herself. I pictured Angie as a tallish, slim lady who could pass for 5 years younger at least. She certainly comes across as being young at heart, especially with some of things she gets up to with her best friend, Patty! (Much to her 20 year old daughter, Zoe’s horror!) I laughed out loud on many occasions throughout this book! Patty is a brilliant character. I warmed to her immediately also. They have a great relationship.
When Angie’s divorce settlement comes through she takes the plunge and invests in The Mercury Travel Club, a new business venture based on an idea she has about exciting travel opportunities for the over 50’s. Who says more mature people don’t still want to have a bit of adventure in their lives! As you can imagine, not all goes to plan, but she is determined to make it work. The trips they take are certainly eventful, for more reasons than one, but the business leads to a more positive future for Angie as well as her friends and colleagues.
A captivating story of heart-break, loss, family (I LOVED Angie’s Mum!), friendship, success and moving on. It proves that it’s never too late to realise your dreams or to have a second chance at life (and love). A lovely ending!
Many thanks to the author and Anna, at RedDoor Publishing, for my paperback ARC and for inviting me to be a part of the fab blog tour.
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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.
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