‘A joyfully warm and witty read’ — Helen Lederer

He took her to dinner: that was annoying

He slept with her: that was hurtful

He bought new underwear to impress her: quite frankly astounding

He left me to bloody wash his FILTHY WHORING PANTS: INFURIATING!

After twenty-four years and eleven months of marriage, Angie Shepherd is divorced, dejected and facing a future of cardigans and cats. Best friend Patty is having none of it, and launches Angie into a variety of crazy schemes in search of her lost mojo.

But it s just not enough; what she really dreams of is beating her ex and becoming Entrepreneur of the Year. Channelling her inner Richard Branson, Angie invests her divorce settlement into The Mercury Travel Club, a travel agency with a twist. But as the club gets going, things don’t go according to plan, and in this digital age, a little chaos brings the recognition Angie’s been looking for.

Witty, entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny, this feel-good novel shows that it’s never too late for a second chance.



This book was such a joy to read. This isn’t as much as a chic lit read but more of a hen that has gone past her egg laying days. At 53 Angie Shepherd’s life has just crumbled as after 24 years and 11 months her cheating two timing husband has left to set up home with a younger model. I mean what do you do when for most of your life you have just been someone’s wife and someone’s mum? Well you re-find yourself. The only thing is the world has moved on while her head was buried in being pick up, clean up, and wipe up for everyone else.

I really took to Angie straight away as she became, with a little help from her widowed bestie Patty, like a child in a sweetie shop. Well ok a bit of a reluctant child as she did go out and try everything even if at times she was dying inside, but it can be a scary world. The brilliant thing was the world was better with her being back in there taking part.

I just laughed so much as the story followed Angie on her first year of transformation. There are some real gems, from karaoke, You tube and speed dating to a session of making cakes and feeding the birds that made me laugh till I cried. What you can say for Angie is that she will try anything. This is a perfect read if you love everything about the 80’s especially the music which plays heavily in the book. Pure gold.

What is the star feature, as you could say, is when she starts to actually find herself again, her own ideas and that is where the book title comes from. Angie works for a travel agent and she comes up with a pretty awesome idea, which I will leave you to read find out about and smile and laugh along with.

Lastly to say this is Helen Bridgett’s debut book is so incredible, this really is a must read for summer. Just loved it.

With thanks to RedDoor  Publishing for this ebook which I have chosen to review.



Helen Bridgett was born in North-East England and now lives in Manchester having stopped off at a few places in between. Having failed miserably with every New Year’s resolution that involved giving up food or drink, one year, she set herself a completely different goal – to write a novel and give it as a Christmas present. The Mercury Travel Club was born and the characters took on a life of their own. Outside of writing, Helen loves hiking and wine – not usually at the same time.

Helen is currently developing the next novels in The Mercury Travel Club series.


Twitter @Helen_Bridgett

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