Charlie is stuck in a bit of a rut. She is approaching forty and has little of significance in her life. Losing daughter Amy five years ago in a car accident turned her life upside down. Her relationship with her husband was never the same again and they parted on fairly amicable terms. When her Mum died soon after it was a bitter blow but her inheritance left her with a nice cushion and no worries about having to earn a living to pay the bills. To many it may seem that Charlie lives an idyllic life volunteering at the local hospital’s radio station and helping her friends out at Art’s Cafe. She misses having a man though, a significant other. Her one foray into romance left her with a boyfriend who refused to become an ex and distinctly sour memories.
On New Years Eve after a drunken evening with her friend Mercedes they decide to write up a bucket list of amazing things that they would like to do. After the lists have been written her friend announces that they must swap and each do the other person’s list. Charlie remembers none of this but it is all recorded on a mobile phone for posterity. The challenge is on.
Filled with interesting characters this is about one woman’s search for her true self. The person that she could be under the jeans and baggy jumpers and evenings at home alone on the sofa. It is a sweet story that will resonate with many woman of a certain age. Time to get out there and take matters into your own hands.
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UK publication date: Sept 23 2016.
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