Friday, November 18, 2016
Three Little Birds by Carol E. Wyer
Ebook: 272 pages in paperback version.
Genre: Humorous Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Safkhet Select (15 Aug. 2014)
Source: Via the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.
First Sentences: Prologue: Charlie was acutely aware of an urgent drumming in her ears. The noise threatened to deafen her. She couldn't move.
My Opinion: Touching yet still hilarious and highly entertaining in her light hearted and infectious style of humour.
It is just over five years since I read and reviewed Carol Wyer's début novel Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines and I have followed her career and rise to fame as a humorous novelist ever since. My thoughts at that time were that here was a novelist who knows how to make you laugh and take you away from the cares of the world for a few hours. She has gone on to prove this in a big way over the last few years. Unfortunately her rise to fame coincided with what turned out to be a very bad period in my own life and suddenly I did not feel like reading her particular brand of humour. Life has moved on, now I am stronger and once again able to laugh at things that during the dark times I was unable to. I am now busy catching up on the titles I have missed in recent years, she has certainly been prolific. In 2017 she is releasing a thriller, a complete change of genre, which I have already pre-ordered from Amazon.
My Earlier Reviews: Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines Surfing in Stilettos Just Add Spice
Précis Courtesy of Goodreads:
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.
Somehow Carol has so far managed to keep her age a secret from the media and there is no autobiographical about her birth that I could find online!
Author Biography is in her own words and reproduced from her website
Well, what can I tell you about myself? I actually began my working life abroad, in Casablanca, Morocco, where I taught English and French. I raced around the streets on an ancient VéloSoleX bike, avoiding donkeys and other clapped out bikes, to get to the jobs on time. I had one run in with a donkey at a set of traffic lights which caused me to fall off my bike – but that’s another story.
After a few years, I returned to the UK to teach and run the English as a Foreign Language department of a private school. (Imagine Hogwarts without the wizardry.) Although I enjoyed wearing a gown and a mortar board and being called a mistress, I left the school to set up a language company and ventured out on my own.
I have written stories since I was in my early twenties. My first efforts were for children and sported silly titles like Humphrey and the Dustbin Cats, Hurrah for Hugo! and Noir and Blanc - Two Naughty Cats. They taught French language to younger children and were accompanied by a tape of French songs, mercifully not sung by me.
I began writing for adults in 2009 after my son left home. I converted his old bedroom into an office and began writing in earnest.
It was not an easy journey but I have been most fortunate and in 2015 I signed with publishing house Bookouture to publish four books over the new two years and more recently with Delancey Press who have taken on my three award-winning non-fiction books and three novels.
When I am not working on a novel or non-fiction books, I write articles for magazines and have a variety of health and travel features published in Woman’s Weekly, Yours and Woman's Own. I also blog for The Huffington Post.
My books aim to encourage as many people as possible to age disgracefully and enjoy life. After all, life is short and 'he who laughs...lasts!'
Photographs and Biographical Information courtesy of the following sites:
Amazon Author Page Carol E.Wyer - Official Website Facebook Profile
Twitter Account Goodreads Author Profile