I am delighted to be a part of another LoveBooksGroup Blog Tour! Just right for summer.
The wonderful middle aged ladies Angie and Patty, along with their best friend Charlie are back to add some sparkle to the summer. Angie and Charlie are running their successful travel agency, the Mercury Travel Club, their friend Patty has just returned from performing on cruise ships and all three are in new relationships.
Angie has bought her first home since her divorce; her daughter Zoe is living in New York and she has a wonderful new man in her life. She has won a local Business Entrepreneur Award and the travel agency has been going from strength to strength. Life is good! But this is all to change when Lorenzo enters their world with his new brand of travel agency that he opens in a shop directly opposite The Mercury Travel Club. Suddenly the friends find themselves desperately fighting for their business as they are undercut and thwarted at every turn by the devious Lorenzo – can they find ways to remain one step ahead with innovative and fun ideas, to maintain their loyal customer base and to woo new clients?
A unique opportunity presents itself in the shape of a beautiful island retreat, which could give the friends the USP that they need for the survival of the Mercury Travel Club. Add maintaining their personal relationships and growing new ones into the mix – what could possibly go wrong?
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This is the second book in the series, and whilst I always recommend reading a series from the start, The Heat is On can definitely be read as a stand-alone – there really is enough explanation to understand the back stories. The antics of the pals make this the perfect light, romantic comedy to pack in your suitcase and read on the beach! The book is fun, witty and easy to read – maybe not a great literary novel, but certainly a very enjoyable one!
Angie, Patty and Charlie are funny, lovable and in possession of real human traits. For me some of their most endearing qualities are those that are reflective of real life and not some magazine styled ideal – failed relationships, insecurities, less than perfect bodies, inability to cook, embarrassing parents, turbulent love lives and a love of life. They show that it is possible to be middle aged and still have a sense of adventure and joie de vivre. The friends are loyal, protective and love each other – this gives the book a real feel good factor.
The characters are funny, scatty and seem to invite disaster at every turn. But they are also lovable, believable and it felt joyful to be a part of their story. I love a well written classic piece of literature, but I equally love a well written, contemporary, light hearted tale and would definitely describe this book in this category. Angie is a great character and I can easily both laugh with her and cry with her – this woman has soul! Patty is larger than life and just makes me smile every time she enters the room. Charlie provides the balance to his female friends – the voice of reason yet also passionate and driven. Perhaps my favourite character is Angie’s mum – so funny and always there at just the wrong moment to make an entrance.
A joy to read, this is a light hearted, romantic comedy that doesn’t pretend to be anything else – a perfect, unpretentious read for the summer! 4 stars
With thanks to Kelly at LoveBooksGroup for including me on this blog tour.
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About the Author
Helen has always loved books and always loved writing. One year she decided her New Year’s resolution would be “Write a novel to give as a Christmas present”. She spent the year writing and The Mercury Travel Club was born.
Helen hails from the North East but now lives in Manchester.
Following a career in Marketing, Helen took an MA in TV and Radio Scriptwriting and created short films before writing her first novel. She loves nothing more than a glass of wine and witty banter with friends; her love of dialogue feeds into her work and has given her the perfect excuse to eavesdrop on conversations. Helen lives with her husband and their chocolate Labrador, Angus; all three can often be found wandering the Cumbrian hills or in country pubs.
Like many people, Helen believes that the music you grow up with as a teenager stays with you for the whole of your life. Being a child of 80’s rock, when she hears the opening riff to Sweet Child of Mine, she cannot be held responsible for her actions!
Website: Helen Bridgett.com
Publisher: Red Door Publishing