Feb 7, 2021

Take a Chance on me by Beth Moran Review

Take a Chance on Me
By Beth Moran
Release date: February 4th, 2021
Boldwood Books
Tour host: Rachel's Random Resources
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

Meet Patrick Cooper – desperately down on his luck, and head-over-heels in unrequited love with his best friend Bridget.

Meet Bridget's sister, Emma Donovan - eternally single maker-of-cakes for many a happy couple, whilst never making it down the aisle herself.

Emma has four younger sisters, all of whom are married or getting married, and an Italian mother who can’t understand what is ‘wrong’ with her eldest daughter, who seems to be stranded on the shelf. Despairing of her own ability to find a suitable husband, Emma agrees to be part of a compatibility project to get married at first sight.

Meanwhile, Cooper is struggling to get over his crush on Bridget and seems destined to stay firmly on the shelf too. Perhaps it’s time his fate was taken out of his hands…

Is happily-ever-after just about daring to take a chance, or do you need some extra magic to make love last?

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

When I received Take A Chance on Me by Beth Moran I was eager to jump right in as the idea of a compatibility test dictating your love life intrigued me, and the book certainly teaches you that it's not. 


But back to the book, The Donavan’s are a large Irish/Italian family, who’s 5 daughters are now adult’s, experiencing their own lives, and when all of her younger siblings are either married or getting married, Emma wanted that too and was even willing to take a compatibility test for her sister Bridget, along with Bridget’s best friend Cooper. But as you may have guessed it all ends in disaster, pain, and betrayal. And you are left wondering if the Donovan’s will ever be the same. 


Overall I found Take a Chance on Me an enjoyable read, though I will warn you this book is not for the faint of heart, it jumps from family member to family member and you get a little dizzy in parts, and at points, I wondered if it was just too much of one book, that maybe it would be better in a series, as I never fell headfirst into the story, but felt like I needed to get out a not book to keep everyone straight.  


Now when it comes to the characters I have to be completely honest and tell you that I disliked Bridget, there was just something about her at the beginning that niggled at me, and by the end, I just knew I was right. Cooper annoyed me at times and honestly, he seemed like a bit of a wet noodle. I loved Emma, from her wish to be married to her courage to be the bigger person, she really was an absolute star.


I give Take a Chance me 4 stars.

Beth Moran is the author of four novels, including the bestselling Christmas Every Day. She regularly features on BBC Radio Nottingham and is a trustee of the national women's network Free Range Chicks. She lives on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest.

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