The Mercury Travel Club
by Helen Bridgett
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.
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What a refreshing, witty, and wonderful read! Angela finds herself in a place she never thought she would be in her early 50’s. Instead of enjoying life with her husband, she finds herself in the position of being the “discarded wife” whose husband ran off with the caterer hired for her daughter’s university graduation. The Mercury Travel Club is Angela’s journey of self-discovery and happiness.
When I first met Angela, she is the perfect example of the wife thrown away for a younger model. She is angry and deeply hurt. She put her needs aside to support her husband, helping build his business, and her daughter Zoe. Somewhere along the way, she forgot who she was…the beautiful, vivacious stewardess who knew how to have fun with her best friend, Patty. She joins a book club not knowing how much this eclectic group of people would change her life. They would help her find herself again and finally live a life not just satisfying for others but herself.
I was looking for something a bit different to read, and this one definitely exceeded my expectations. I adored that this was about an older woman. The author illustrated that because you happen to be older than your 20’s, your life isn’t over. Angela was fun, and she was beautiful. Her daughter had a hard time realizing that her mother is actually human….not a machine to fill her adult child’s needs. She was a woman and had a life before having a child. However, Zoe comes around and is a staunch supporter of her mother in her brand, new business running a travel club for people of a similar age.
It is amazing that this is Helen Bridgett’s debut novel. She writes as if she has been doing this for years. The story itself was witty and well-written. Her additional characters, especially Patty, Angela’s Mum and Dad, Charlie, and other members of the book club, were so well integrated into the storyline. I highly recommend reading this book if you are a fan of women’s fiction, and you love a story about a woman who proves that life doesn’t end because of a divorce or you happen to be a certain age. So excited that this won’t be the last adventure of The Mercury Travel Club.
About Helen Bridgett
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.
Contact Helen Bridgett
Website – https://helenbridgett.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Helen_Bridgett