I received this book for free from Rachel's Random Resources in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Take a Chance on Me by Beth Moran
Published by Boldwood Books on February 4, 2021
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Rachel's Random Resources
Meet Patrick Cooper – desperately down on his luck, and head-over-heels in unrequited love with his best friend Bridget.
Meet Bridget’s sister, Emma Donovan – eternally single maker-of-cakes for many a happy couple, whilst never making it down the aisle herself.
Emma has four younger sisters, all of whom are married or getting married, and an Italian mother who can’t understand what is ‘wrong’ with her eldest daughter, who seems to be stranded on the shelf. Despairing of her own ability to find a suitable husband, Emma agrees to be part of a compatibility project to get married at first sight.
Meanwhile Cooper is struggling to get over his crush on Bridget and seems destined to stay firmly on the shelf too. Perhaps it’s time his fate was taken out of his hands…
Is happily-ever-after just about daring to take a chance, or do you need some extra magic to make love last?
Join Beth Moran, Cooper and the Donovan sisters on this life-affirming and uplifting tale of love, family, friendship, and risking it all for happiness.
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This book started out in a way that totally had me reading as quickly as I could to find out what would happen. I really connected to the main character Emma, as I am also the oldest and two of my younger siblings are either married or engaged and here I am with no prospects in sight. I also kind of wish there was a real matching experiment like this that I could sign up for.
It took a bit longer than I would have liked for what I thought would be the meet-cute, even though we did have one that wasn’t it, since we know from the synopsis who Emma is going to be matched up with.
There was so much going on in this story. With all the other sisters, I wondered if there had been books for them in the past and I had missed those. But since all the couples had things going on, it seemed that I hadn’t. While I liked the story for the most part, I did have a few issues. First, when we got Cooper’s chapters, it was done in third person instead of first person like Emma’s chapters. I don’t know that I was a fan of that. Secondly, I kind of think there was a lot going on in the story, sometimes things I didn’t necessarily want to read as I was really invested in Emma’s story and how it would go. And finally, the ending. It wasn’t what I had really thought would happen after reading as far as I did, and from the synopsis. Now, I wondered at a few points toward the beginning if that could be an issue, but just figured it wouldn’t be.
A good story, but don’t go in expecting you’ll know what will happen. It’s not necessarily a sweet romance, but it’s also not really got any steamy bits either. In the end I do feel it was a little long as well.
About the Author:
Beth Moran is the author of four novels, including the bestselling Christmas Every Day. She regularly features on BBC Radio Nottingham and is a trustee of the national women’s network Free Range Chicks. She lives on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest.
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