Welcome aboard everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today during the most depressing of British weathers. My internet has been playing up all day hence why this post is going up late but I was invited to be part of the tour for The Mercury Travel Club by the publishers Red Door so for taking part, I was sent a physical ARC to read and review. I hope that you enjoy this post and don’t forget to stop by all of the other blogs listed above and see their posts on the book too!
‘Hi, I’m Angela. My husband ran off with the caterer we hired for our daughter’s graduation party – pleased to meet you.’
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 they start 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.
About the author:
Helen currently resides in Manchester, England where she lives with her husband and Angus the Labrador. The idea for the book came from a new year resolution to write a book and then give it to others as a Christmas present. The Mercury Travel Club is her debut novel. You can read more about Helen on her official website here: https://helenbridgett.com or follow her Twitter @Helen_Bridgett.
The Mercury Travel Club definitely gave me some Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging vibes. Both books are great for sitting back, relaxing and having a laugh. The number of mishaps that happen in The Mercury Travel Club was humorous to witness as Angie deals with a divorce after just under 25 years of marriage.
Her best friend Patty decides to switch things up introducing a YouTube act The Granny-Okes singing classic versions of 80s songs and giving Angie a starring role. The story follows the Travel Club business offering cruises and holidays to customers as well as the people who work there. My favourite part was when Angie was giving a talk at the WI about the club and the scene that goes down with Amanda (Angie’s ex-husbands new girlfriend).
I have not read many books set in Manchester before so it was refreshing to see somewhere new for a change.
If you are looking for perfect book to showcase laughter, love and music, pick this one up.
Overall star rating: 4/5 stars.
A big thanks to Helen and the team at Red Door Publishing for the tour opportunity.
See you all soon with a new post!