Taking a Chance on Love by Erin Green
I'm going to whisper this very quietly because currently there about 6000 variables at work here but *whispers I may be going on holiday to Barbados. Obviously all of this depends on Government protocols, entry requirements, test results and if the moon is in Jupiter with Aquarius rising. But all joking aside, what will be will be. It's much more important that people are safe than me enjoying my sixth pina colada of the day. Barbados has a very special place in my heart and always will as we got married on a beach there. It is a truly beautiful country with beautiful people.
Which brings me nicely to a book about marriage and proposals of marriage. (See what I did there!)
Carmen, Dana and Polly are 3 very different women. Carmen has been with Elliott for 8 years now and is desperate for a proposal of marriage. Single mum Dana has a beautiful son but wants to find love and is invited to be part of a social experiment to find 'the one' and Polly is wary of marriage even after 20 years and 1 son with solid Fraser. All 3 womens' lives slowly start to interconnect and with 29th February fast approaching, a date when women are allowed to propose to men, will any of them pop the question?
The novel certainly has been a very light, enjoyable read and I could see it as being part of the start of a series as new characters such as Anna, Trisha and Bethany were introduced alongside the 3 main ones. Carmen, Dana and Polly are all very likeable heroines, although at times I did want to shake Polly for doing too much and Carmen for being with the feckless Elliott and his ghastly bunch of friends for so long.
I loved learning that Erin Green has always been absolutely fascinated with February 29th, so much so that she decided to write a novel about it. It raises great questions about the role reversal in proposing and as one of the main characters decides to do this, her decision is met with a mix of excitement and abject horror. My favourite character was probably Dana, she was the most honest and fun.
With the exception of Polly's husband, Fraser, the men take a bit of a back seat in the novel. The majority seemed frightened of commitment and also a bit bit useless. This allows the female characters to shine more rather than having the traditional 'tall, dark and handsome' male lead take centre stage.
If you are a fan of Katie Fforde, then I would definitely give this novel a try. I will be very interested to see what Erin Green writes next and I hope we will see some more of Dana, Carmen and Polly.