Mental health seems to be one of those issues either ignored or only briefly touched upon in the sort of novels I normally read but in Suddenly Single it’s a huge part of the book.
Writing something that’s realistic but also entertaining seems like quite a balancing act – and I’m not sure Carol Wyer has it exactly right.
While I’m no expert, her main character, Chloe, does seem to overcome several situations without too much trauma – and I think some of them would have worried someone even without a social anxiety disorder.
Having said that, it was good to see her grow in confidence and triumph over the obstacles in her path.
Here’s the blurb:
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…
Thanks to the range of activities Chloe’s neighbours rope her into, the plot was very lively.
There are some funny moments and I genuinely felt like I got to know the supporting cast well and I liked them too.
Oddly, I thought Chloe actually had more chemistry with the lovely Canadian bookshop owner than the actual hero, Alex, who didn’t seem to feature as much in the book.
The spark between them didn’t really ignite until right at the end – although perhaps that’s the point. Both of them had been through it, maybe it’s only natural they would be cautious?
It certainly kept me guessing.
I thought Carol wrote a very clever villain in Chloe’s ex-husband, William, who had her so mixed up and dependent on him she wasn’t sure which way to turn but, for me, the star of the show was Ronnie the dog.
My rating: Three stars.
With thanks to Canelo (via NetGalley) for the ARC in return for my honest opinion.