Suddenly Single - Carol Wyer
Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley
When bestselling romance author Chloe Piper’s marriage implodes a week before Christmas, she flees her cheating ex and the village gossips for the solitude of the newly built Sunny Meadow Farm and the company of her hapless dog, Ronnie. But Chloe is soon pushed out of her comfort zone. Because with a lively development building crew – headed up by charming Alex – and a larger-than-life neighbour determined to make Chloe’s love life her pet project, Chloe finds herself in a whole new world of chaos…
Suddenly Single is a thought-provoking story of healing after heartache and overcoming obstacles. It is fun and light-hearted and even had me laughing out loud at some parts! Chloe arrives at Sunny Meadow Farm after a painful break up from her husband; she also has a more emotional problem that she doesn’t like to divulge unless necessary. This book sees her facing her biggest fears while becoming part of the community. She dares to hope that she might meet the man that will change everything for her and accept her for who she is. The story develops at quite a slow speed, and it took me a fair few chapters to really get invested in it. However, once you know the characters, they are so likeable that it makes the book easier to read. Eleanor and Felix are hilarious and have got such fantastic imaginations with the days of fun they come up with. Although Chloe has a very quiet demeanour, she is still likeable with a fun personality. By the end of the book, I wanted to be friends with all of the characters; they were really well-developed and charismatic. They felt familiar, and I didn’t want the book to end as I wanted to stay with them a little longer. However, the book does end, and it is the perfect ending, that makes you smile and glad you invested your time in this book. The main thing I struggled with, though, was imagining Sunny Meadow Farm, it sounded idyllic, but I just couldn’t conjure an image of what it was like. I’m not sure if because the beginning of the book was hard to get into I missed the description or whether it wasn’t detailed enough for me to create a picture. However, the dimensions of the land and the proximity to the other houses I just couldn’t get my head around. That was just a minor problem, though, and it didn’t stop me enjoying the book as a whole.