Book Review

Christie Barlow – Evie’s Year of Taking Chances

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.

Evie’s search leads her to meet handsome author Noah Jones. Charming and intelligent, Noah seems the perfect catch but what Evie doesn’t realise is that he is hiding something – a key to Evie’s past.

As Evie gets closer to Noah and discovering her mother, she must take a giant leap of faith. Can she embrace the new and make this her year of taking chances? And if she does, will she get her heart broken?

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Rating: 4 out of 5

I wondered if someone had covered my kindle in superglue because I just wasn’t able to put it down! Seriously, I loved this book. Loved it. The author has a fantastic writing style so I practically fell into the book and lived alongside them the whole way through. It was a really easy read but still got me emotional at all the right points.

The main character in this story is Evie, a 23 year old librarian who was passed through a lot of foster homes growing up before finally landing with the lovely Irene. In a way this made a nice change from the usual ‘adopted at birth and had a good childhood’ story we normally hear in many romance books. She finally decides to start searching for her birth mother and this is where the story really starts.

If I’m totally honest I found some of the plot a little predictable – I did guess what was going to happen close to the beginning and ended up being right BUT Christie did throw a few curveballs in there too so I ended up second guessing myself quite a bit. It’s always nice being right though 😉 The characters all felt so authentic to me – sometimes you can read a whole book and feel like you don’t even know the main character at all! I got so involved with everyone that it really was a rollercoaster to read but in an enjoyable way.

A wonderful book about what happens when you face your fears and step out of your comfort zone, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances is one of my favourite reads so far this year. You’ll laugh, cry and finish with a slightly cheesy but warm feeling from head to toe.

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for the chance to read and review this book!

Roxy xx

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