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!