Friday, 14 November 2014

Three Little Birds - Carol Wyer

Blog Tour: Three Little Birds - Carol E Wyer + Giveaway! CarolBanner
Fantastically fun author Carol E Wyer is flying high at the moment,  as her latest 
release Three Little Birds soars into the ether to land at various different blogs over the coming weeks. There will be reviews, guest posts and giveaways along the way, 
and this life-affirming read is sure to set your heart a-flutter!
About the book...
TLB cover'If your friend challenged you, would you dare? Charlie Blundell cannot get over the tragic death of her only daughter. She drifts between her job at the Art cafe and her hospital radio show, the only things which give her life purpose. Her best friend, the madcap Mercedes, cajoles Charlie into writing a 'carpe diem' list, but then swaps Charlie's list with her own. Now, each must complete the other's challenges, and the outcomes will astound both of them. The challenges begin as a series of relatively harmless, fun activities. Soon, though, the stakes increase when Charlie has to complete her challenges to save the hospital radio station. As the tasks become more demanding, a handsome stranger takes an interest in her, but he is not what he seems. One challenge causes a secret buried deep within her to surface, which may prove to be her undoing. Three Little Birds is a story of love, friendship and discovery, laced with hilarity and topped by a wickedly funny parrot called Bert.'  

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My thoughts... 
I was given an ecopy of this book as part of the blog tour organised by Charlotte at CandleLit Author Services in exchange for an honest review which I'm more than happy to give.

Charlie has just been going through the motions for the past five years since she tragically lost her 13 year old daughter, as a result of which her marriage fell apart and shortly after her mother died of cancer. Wow - now wonder she is existing but no longer living.

A drunken New Year's Eve sees Charlie and her best friend Mercedes writing bucket lists although come New Year's Day, Charlie is sporting the hangover from hell and can't remember a thing.  Mercedes convinces Charlie that it would be better if they swapped lists and each did the others challenges, with themselves as spectators.  Sounds harmless enough but.....

This book was just wonderful, characters that you can connect with and a story that you will immediately want to end happily ever after,  Charlie's kind, considerate character came across from almost the first page.  She's a loving, kind hearted, generous woman that is stuck and can't seem to find a way forward. Her best friend is disabled and uses her disability to her advantage by telling Charlie she'll have to 'do' her challenges because she won't physically be able to and of course Charlie agrees!

The challenges/goals start off simply and get progressively harder as they go on, in fact the survival of the hospital radio where Charlie works hangs in the balance and success of her finishing the challenges.  Sheer, grit and determination spur Charlie on.

Friendship, trust and support are at the heart of this book and none more so than that shared between Charlie and Mercedes.  Comfort zones are breached, and almost every emotion explored.  There's fear and trepidation, unwanted attention along with a huge dollop of love, friendship, support, laughter and at times hilarity.   If I just say crawling around on all fours pretending to be a pig and we also meet a parrot called Bert you might understand where the hilarity comes from.

As ever the best kind of books are those that get you thinking and this one does just that.  It's so easy to put off till tomorrow when in fact we should be out living our lives NOW and this book will have you reaching for a pen and writing your bucket list.  I've often thought one day.... but what if one day doesn't come?

Charlie and Mercedes are inspirational, true friends who push and support each other at the right time, knowing when to speak up and when to hold their tongue.  Their lives enriched by having each other.  An uplifting read that demonstrates nothing is impossible and tiny steps can achieve huge goals.

Carol, thank you for a book that has made me think - I am going to write that list and I am going to get my friends to write theirs too - perhaps like Charlie & Mercedes we'll start off gently - a nice meal, a day out and then who knows..... the world's our oyster as you've just reminded me.

About the author...
I have always written stories. My early stories were for children and sported silly titles like Humphrey and the Dustbin Cats, Hurrah for Hugo! and Noir and Blanc – Two Naughty Cats. They taught French language to younger children and were accompanied by a tape of French songs, mercifully not sung by me. I began writing for adults after my son left home. I converted his old bedroom into an office and set about writing humorous novels largely aimed at women of a certain age. The rest is history. Following much media success with Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines, I signed the Amanda Wilson novels with Thornberry Publishing. In 2012, I was lucky enough to be offered a three book deal with Safkhet Publishing. They have published How Not to Murder Your Grumpy and Just Add Spice, and released Grumpy Old Menopause, the sister book to How Not to Murder Your Grumpy, in December 2013. I now write full-time. When I am not working on a novel, I’ll be writing articles for magazines such asWoman’s Weekly, or blog posts for The Huffington Post and Indies Unlimited. My books aim to encourage as many people as possible to age disgracefully and enjoy life.  After all, life is short and ‘he who laughs…lasts!’

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