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Friday, September 14, 2012

Flaunting Fiction Friday

Like last week, I'm not touting my own work today, but the work of a fellow blogger, Carol E. Wyer of the U.K.  You may be familiar with her blog, Facing Fifty With Humour.  If you're not, you really should click on the link and check it out.

 That is how I first came to know Carol.  Her blog always left me chuckling, so when I learned she'd published a book, of course I had to read it.  Several months ago, I reviewed her first book, Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines, a novel about Amanda Wilson, a woman determined to grow old disgracefully.  It was delightful and a fun read.

Carol's new book, Surfing in Stilettos is incredibly entertaining.  I feel like she has come into her own as an accomplished writer in this effort.  I found the plot to be tighter, the writing more polished, and the style intriguing.  (She inserts her main character Amanda's blog posts and comments here and there between the chapters.)  In this book Amanda Wilson and her husband Phil have decided to take a year off, now that he is pensioned, and tour Europe in a camper named Bertie, which has a propensity for breaking down.  Picture a newly retired husband and wife nestled into a little RV:   Cozy, right? NOT!

Amanda and Phil's trip goes awry, and she ends up stranded in France, with her college sweetheart on her trail, lots of wine, and her new French friend Bibi, who's trying to make her philandering husband Didier jealous.  The resulting adventures are often funny, and eventually dangerous.  I had difficulty putting it down, once I'd started reading.  I highly recommend this well-crafted, fun read!





Check out Carol's official website by clicking here.  You can read more about her and her books!

EVA



10 comments:

Stephen Hayes said...

You haven't led me astray yet so I'll check out this site. Thanks.

River said...

I know Carol's blog well! I have her books on my "to buy" list and I'll get them as soon as my whispernet problem is fixed. Can't download any books without it.

Carol E Wyer said...

Eva - I have a lump in my throat! You epitomise everything I love about blogging and networking. You are such a good friend and thank you so much for your lovely words!

AliB said...

Hi Carol and Eva - the more I hear about this book the more I want to read it.High time we over-fifties had a bit of fun (in fiction as well as in life!)
Ali B
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Brian Miller said...

pretty cool that you were able to see good progression in her as a writer....an intriguing story line....hope you have a great weekend eva!

Kim The Book Worm said...

Carol is a fabulous writer and a really fun blogger to follow. I've read both of her books and can't wait for her to write more. A really great post, thanks. Kim xxx

Sheryl said...

I've starred on Carol's Facing Fifties blog *takes a bow*. FAB fun blog, FAB fun lady, and a FABulously talented writer! Love her to bits! :) xx

Janice Horton said...

As soon as I discovered Carol's books I felt we were on the same wave length - her fantastic sense of humour and the embracing of the fabulous fifties - is what I want to do, be, and read about!

Kit Domino said...

Carol's books are as funny as Carol is herself. Wonderful stuff! And a great post. Move over youngsters, let us oldies show you how to really have fun!

Sue said...

She comes up with great titles, too!

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