Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Three Little Birds by Carol E Wyer

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What They Say:

Three Little Birds  If your friend challenged you, would you dare?

Charlie Blundell cannot get over the tragic death of her only daughter. She drifts between her job at the Art cafe and her hospital radio show, the only things which give her life purpose. Her best friend, the madcap Mercedes, cajoles Charlie into writing a 'carpe diem' list, but then swaps Charlie's list with her own. Now, each must complete the other's challenges, and the outcomes will astound both of them. The challenges begin as a series of relatively harmless, fun activities. Soon, though, the stakes increase when Charlie has to complete her challenges to save the hospital radio station. As the tasks become more demanding, a handsome stranger takes an interest in her, but he is not what he seems. One challenge causes a secret buried deep within her to surface, which may prove to be her undoing. Three Little Birds is a story of love, friendship and discovery, laced with hilarity and topped by a wickedly funny parrot called Bert.

What I Say:

I would like to thank author Carol E Wyer for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

We meet Charlotte or Charlie as she prefers to be known at her friends Mercedes New Year’s Eve party, still struggling with her daughter’s death 5 years early and her marriage break up she is not living but existing from day to day.  We also find out that Charlie’s ex-husband has moved on and is about to become a father again, all this on what would have been Charlie’s daughters Eighteenth birthday.

After a few too many wines Mercedes, Charlie’s best friend talks her in to writing a list of the things theywould love to be able to do their ‘carpe diem’ list, Charlie promptly falls asleep on the settee and forgets about the list.

Mercedes being the best friend that she is reminds Charlie of the list and here starts the journey of friendship and discovery.  I liked Charlie as the main character she is easily likeable and wants to see the good in everyone.  I really liked Mercedes and her husband, they are great characters and to find love after Mercedes has been through so much is perfect.

Enter Jake the reporter, they accidently meet on a couple of occasions and the funniest is when Charlie is crawling around on the floor pretending to be a pig, it really is great part of this book and so funny.

Both Charlie and Mercedes discover so much about themselves along the way, I loved the idea of an Art café and that the book highlights hospital radios.

For me though the hero and star of this book is Bert the parrot, he really is great and you could write bookjust set around him and his owner.  Who would have thought I would have said the hero of a book is a parrot?

The challenges are great and add an extra bit to the book, from a roller coaster to diving with sharks and knitting a onesie, there is also Mercedes entering a TV show similar to Come Dine with Me, there is also a twist to the story that I did spot but it does add that little bit extra to what is a fun read from Carol again.

I hope we get to see more of Bert the parrot!

5 out of 5 stars

Three Little Birds is published by Safkhet Publishing and released August 15th Purchase links on Safkhet website and Amazon U  

About The Author

Carol E Wyer is an ex-teacher and linguist who lives in rural Staffordshire. Having written a series of educational yet amusing books for children, she turned her attention to the adult market in 2010 when her son flew from the nest. Her best-selling novels have won several awards for humour and much attention from the media. Since then, she has appeared on over thirty BBC radio stations, several international radio stations, NBC television and BBC Breakfast television discussing age-related subjects such as ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’. Her writing style has been described frequently by the media as 'witty' or 'humorous' and has even been compared to the acerbic wit of Jeremy Clarkson and the humour of Robin Williams. Carol has written articles for and featured in several national women’s magazines including Take A BreakChoiceWoman’s Weekly and Woman's Own who also wrote about her journey to becoming a best-selling author. Last year, she took a crash course in stand-up comedy and has performed her comedy talk Smile While You Still Have Teeth to sell-out audiences in Lichfield, The Black Country and will be on main stage the Isle of Wight Literary Festival in October along with big name celebrities, Alan Titchmarsh, Katie Price, Sheila Hancock and novelist Katie Fford.

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