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The Year of Taking Chances by Lucy Diamond
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The Year of Taking Chances

by Lucy Diamond

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Three women meet at a New Year's Eve party, and determine both to stay in touch, and to widen their horizons by taking up new opportunities. Gemma, hostess of the party, is happily married with a teenage boy and pre-teen girl, and has no idea that her world is about to crash around her... although a prologue lets the reader know in advance.

The other two women are less developed as characters and I sometimes confused them, although they're dealing with somewhat different issues. It didn't matter too much, and I enjoyed the way their lives gradually become more linked due to various circumstances.

Some important issues are covered sensitively in this book, which is written in quite an informal style. More bad language than I'm comfortable with, but that's not unusual in modern fiction.

Overall, I liked this book and found the ending encouraging and satisfying, if perhaps a little too tidy. ( )
  SueinCyprus | May 9, 2018 |
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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?… (more)

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