Evie’s Year of Taking Chances by Christie Barlow


It’s Evie’s birthday and the start of a year she’ll never forget. An emotional story of love, friendship and grabbing life by the horns.

Evie’s job has always been her safe haven. As a librarian in the little town of Becton she loses herself in books – after all it’s far easier to read about other people’s problems than set about solving her own.

Then, one birthday, everything is turned upside down. A mysterious parcel containing a beautiful book with a poignant inscription arrives for Evie. It’s the beginning of a new chapter for Evie and she’s inspired to try and find her real mother.

I knew I’d be in for a treat with a Christie Barlow book. Her Playground Mother books were so enjoyable and I’ve recommended them to several people.

This is a lovely book. Her characters are so real, the sort of people you feel you might know. The central character, Evie, didn’t have an easy start in life and even though she is settled now, with a wonderful foster mother and great friends, there’s something missing in her life.

The characters’ lives are nicely interwoven, and we get a little insight into them all. I have to admit that I did guess one of the plot twists, but not quite how it was going to play out, but it didn’t spoil the book at all.

The settings of the library, book club and Mim’s cafe are a nice touch.  When you love reading, it’s nice to have a book that’s full of other readers, authors and book lovers!

The story flows beautifully and it is one that will have the reader engrossed and wishing that there was time to read it in one sitting!

A feelgood, touching and delightful book.



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