[Book Talk] The Year of Taking Chances by Lucy Diamond

the-year-of-taking-chancesBook Details:

Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Read: December 2016


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 following 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?

My Thoughts

I had started reading this book before Christmas but then it just got so busy with the celebrating, family, the kids, and just wanting to watch Christmas movies that I’d only make it through a few pages a night. Finally, when everything wound down, I devoted some time to read it and I loved it! I didn’t even realize it at the time, but it was the perfect book to end the year with, what with it starting on New Year’s Eve.

Just like the title says, this book is all about taking chances, but it was even more than that. It was about believing in yourself, in your relationships, finding friendships, raising kids, and just life in general. It was a book about the things that happen after the absolute worst happens and how we deal with it, or in the book’s case, how our main characters, Gemma, Caitlin, and Saffron, deal with it. I loved each of their stories and loved the friendship they forged along the way.

Some of this book might have been a little too easy or predictable, but it was still fun to read. I love Lucy Diamond’s books and how they have a great blend of serious subject matter, but still a lot of fun and laughs. I’m really excited for her new book in 2017!


My home is where my books are. - Ellen Thompson

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