First up on TWG today is a review of ‘Suddenly Single’ by Carol Wyer. Thank you to Canelo for the blog tour invite and ARC.
When bestselling romance author Chloe Piper’s marriage implodes a week before Christmas, she flees her cheating ex and the village gossips for the solitude of the newly built Sunny Meadow Farm and the company of her hapless dog, Ronnie.
But Chloe is soon pushed out of her comfort zone. Because with a lively development building crew – headed up by charming Alex – and a larger-than-life neighbour determined to make Chloe’s love life her pet project, Chloe finds herself in a whole new world of chaos…
What does TWG think?
‘Suddenly Single’ was not what I expected at all. In fact, I couldn’t really tell you what I was expecting as I didn’t really know myself! I mean, I did giggle at the characters antics, especially Ronnie’s. The fact that he was too distracted by someone’s sandwich than the fact he was in a new house was brilliant. Typical dog? I think so! My Barney would do the same to be honest! Heaven forbid I get a burglar….
Chloe has a hidden identity, a rocky past, and an uncertain future. All she wants is to be happy, and to find someone who loves her for who she is, flaws and all. I resonated with Chloe a lot because of her anxiety and the way that she feels in social situations, as I am a lot like her. It can be very embarrassing because people see you out and yet they expect you to be all forthcoming, but when you explain to them your issue, they look at you as though you have two heads. I really did hope that Chloe found her tribe, but I wanted her to find it because SHE wanted to and not because she was forced.
There are a lot of games in the story which had me thinking ‘what on the Wheel of Fortune’ am I reading! It was brilliant – so unique and such a fun addition to the overall vibe of the book.
In amongst all of the humour, romance, and light hearted escapades, there was an underlying depth to the book in the shape of Chloe’s Nanny Olive. Now, I will fully admit that I detest olives with a passion, however after reading the way chloe kept her memory alive, I will urge you to give me Nanny Olive any day. This was an olive I could love. I wasnt expecting to be overcome with emotion either, yet during the last portion of the book, I couldn’t stop the lump from forming in my throat. At that moment in time, I would have given anything to bring Nanny Olive back to Chloe, even though she was in her heart.
‘Suddenly Single’ caught me off guard with the emotion, and I loved being able to watch Chlie flourish in the way that she truly deserved to. This isn’t a book you’re going to forget in a hurry. Who knows, you might surprise yourself with an intense urge to go sumo wrestling whilst doing the Haka with a dog who is quite partial to a ham sandwich! The world is your olive…sorry, oyster. Carol Wyer has warmed my olives…sorry, cockles, with her fun loving, energetic and touching novel. What the fried egg…I adored it!