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Evie's Year of Taking Chances: A heart warming romantic comedy you won't be able to put down by [Barlow, Christie]
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It’s Evie’s birthday and the start of a year she’ll never forget. An emotional story of love, friendship and grabbing life by the horns.


Evie’s job has always been her safe haven. As a librarian in the little town of Becton she loses herself in books - after all it’s far easier to read about other people’s problems than set about solving her own.

Then, one birthday, everything is turned upside down. A mysterious parcel containing a beautiful book with a poignant inscription arrives for Evie. It’s the beginning of a new chapter for Evie and she’s inspired to try and find her real mother.

Evie’s search leads her to meet handsome author Noah Jones. Charming and intelligent, Noah seems the perfect catch but what Evie doesn’t realise is that he is hiding something – a key to Evie’s past.

As Evie gets closer to Noah and discovering her mother, she must take a giant leap of faith. Can she embrace the new and make this her year of taking chances? And if she does, will she get her heart broken?

A romantic, funny and poignant story of living life to the full and finding love in the most unlikely of places. Fans of Debbie Johnson and Cathy Bramley will adore this book!

What readers are saying about Christie Barlow:


‘An utterly gorgeous story, with an utterly gorgeous plot that kept me turning the pages ... left me feeling full of happiness and hope.’ Becca’s Books

This is an excellent book which swept me along so well that I read it in less than a day. I loved the characters and the story and will definitely be reading more by this author. This is definitely a book to read curled up with a mug of tea or hot chocolate.’ Bookloverwormblog

'A heart-warming and cosy countryside read with characters you will love.' Rachael Lucas

‘I found this book really enjoyable, the author has an engaging writing style that managed to draw me into the storyline and the lives of our character. The storyline flowed at a great pace and I raced through the book in no time soaking up the wonderful detailed descriptions. I can see that fans of Cathy Bramley and Cathy Woodman would love this book.’ Rea's Book Reviews

This will have you laughing and smiling one minute and then you'll feel it pulling at your heart strings.Crooks on Books

‘I didn’t want to put the book down.’ Best Crime Books and More

A soul-boosting necessity. I have a suspicion it's been sprinkled with a little bit of magic, as on the darkest days it'll warm your cockles and make everything seem right with the world.' Little Bookness Lane

'A fantastic story, one that will keep you reading long into the night, just to find out what happens'. Rachel's Random Reads

‘I was unable to put this book down. I read it within a day because I was so drawn in to the characters themselves it was like I knew them. I would completely recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Definitely a huge 5 stars!’ Katie's Reading Korner Review

'This had me gripped from the first chapter. It will have you laughing, crying and will just give you a warm feeling inside.' Laura H Book Blog

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1405 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1786811391
  • Publisher: Bookouture (10 March 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N6Q9O82
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,506 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I loved this book! Obviously, I’m a reader so Libraries appeal to me. The librarian storyline in this book I absolutely loved. There is romance, mystery and likable characters. Right from the first chapter, even though you don’t immediately meet Noah or Irene or even Evie’s birth family, you bond with her and you know her goal early on.
I did love the characters as well. One thing that was refreshing for me is how almost innocent and sweet Evie is, despite her rough childhood and past. Isn’t it amazing that with just the right person our whole lives can turn in a direction we never even thought possible? Irene is that person for Evie. It seemed so true to the whole ‘foster kid’ atmosphere as well. They are shipped from home to home, never really finding the ‘family’ they long for. A lot of kids never do, which is so sad. I was glad to see Evie find that, even though she is a fictional character I feel like many people who have been through a similar foster situation will easily bond with her.
This book almost had that ‘cozy mystery’ vibe with the mysterious package and the hunt for Evie’s past. The mysterious love interest, Noah, which is a lot of the reason I turned the pages so quickly. I loved that mysterious plot even though it didn’t contain a ‘who done it’ aspect.
I’ve read a few of Christie’s books now and they never ever disappoint me. This one was definitely no different.

What I Loved?
-A lot of things were awesome about this story. I loved the characters, everyone from Evie to Carla & Aiden, even the UPS driver… they all had such an understated elegance to them that it made them really easy to love.
-Noah – before I even met Noah I knew I’d love him. Christie set him up early on so perfectly that he was easy to like, even with his mysterious self.
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By Monica Mac TOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 March 2017
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This was such a lovely book, with the ups and downs of Evie's life brilliantly described.

The characters in this book were warm and relatable and I found myself holding my breath a couple of times and wondering how things were going to work out!

There are more coincidences in this book than you can poke a stick at but somehow the author makes it all work and I was swept along by the story and thinking that I would really like all these people if I met them in real life.

Highly recommended from me :)

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. With thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cute plot but underwhelming 20 May 2017
By Briar Schreiber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a sweet story, just too neatly packaged because the only characters introduced in the book have major secrets that are all connected. The dialogue is a little bland; overwritten and redundant in most exchanges, and reminds you that you're reading because it feels just left of natural.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars one of those cases where its not the book its me, we just don’t gel, but its a book others love, so you may also 12 March 2017
By Jeannie Zelos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Evie's Year of Taking Chances,  Christie Barlow

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

I really, really wanted to like this book, loved the sound of it,loved the cover and was confinced it would be a story I'd enjoy.
I thought it would be one of those reads that are light and funny, but which have periods of depth and some solid romance.  

Everyone seems to love Evie, so why didn’t I?
I didn’t dislike her, but somehow I didn’t particularly like her either, there wasn’t anything special that made me feel “this girl deserves.....” Her story was sad but then few of us lead the perfect life.
I need to really “feel” a person, to read them as if they are real, would be a friend in real life, someone I want good things to happen to. with Evie I just felt like an onlooker to her life, not someone there in the story with her.

 Noah gets mentioned a few times in passing as an author, and given she only interacted very briefly with him at an afternoon event she’s wound an extraordinary amount of feelings about him into her fantasies.
If we’d actually got to meet him but...I’m almost at the halfway mark, and we still haven’t actually met him in person, all we have is a few random tweets aimed at Evie. And what feels like some teen fangirling by Evie and her friend...
I just don’t like the story enough to continue waiting for him, and the mystery that’s going to come out.

Its a well written story, there are some fun characters here and I can see its a book others love, so you may also.
Its one of those cases where its not the book its me, we just don’t gel, it wasn’t what I was expecting. Maybe I’ll come back to it another time and feel differently but for now I'm just not in the right mind-set, am not enjoying it enough to finish it.

Stars: Two, a good book, just not one for me.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A splendid, splendid story from Christie Barlow. 11 March 2017
By Got books, babe? - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Evie's Year of Taking Chances by Christie Barlow is a sparkling and humorous tale of what happens when you're brave enough to let life lead you in the direction you were always meant to walk in. It's a story of being brave and bold, of doing things that terrify you but actually make you a stronger person in the end and, as the title suggests, it's about taking chances, taking control of your life, and having faith in yourself.

In Christie Barlow's first release of 2017 with Bookouture, readers are introduced to twenty-two-year old Evie, who works in the lovely town of Becton, and finds solace in the pages of the books stacked upon the shelves in the library she works in. Having moved from one family to the next as a young girl, Evie spent her life trying to figure out where she belonged. Having never met her biological Mum or Dad, Evie looks upon her foster mother Irene as being the real deal. Irene took Evie beneath her wing and Evie has remained contentedly there ever since. But on her twenty-third birthday, Evie plucks up every ounce of courage she can find and begins the search for her biological mother who has always been in the back of her mind as the years have worn on. It's time to take that chance and see where it leads...

From the moment I began reading Evie's Year of Taking Chances, I was transported straight into Evie's world. Barlow brings the characters within this story to life in the most wonderful and vivid of ways. From Evie and Irene, to Evie's best friend Clara and the library's newest colleague, Aiden. So colourful and full of life, Evie's friendships and relationships with the people she held closest were delved into beautifully by Christie Barlow, allowing me to feel part of these circles too. It was warm and cosy, but not without the ups and downs that real life often hands out, which made it all the more enjoyable and interesting. I think the characters were just one of the many things I adored about this story. These characters added a splash of magic to the plot and made it all the more delightful to disappear into.

Barlow really heightens the emotions in Evie's Year of Taking Chances. Evie's search for her birth mother adds a whole new dynamic to the plot and it really touched me. Having been in a similar position myself (although not to the same extent), I really 'got' the emotions that Evie experienced throughout her journey. It was a tricky subject to discuss but Barlow did so in the most tender and sensitive of ways which I loved. I think it's very important for authors to treat these topics with a lot of respect and care, and Christie Barlow did just that. I was just as nervous as Evie when the ball really got rolling with the search for her mother, and couldn't get through the pages quick enough to see where it would all lead, and if anything would come of it for dear Evie.

The plot itself was one of full of surprises, laughter and love. It was such an enjoyable and exciting read with the realness of life right at its very centre. I was completely enveloped within Evie's world and felt bereft each time it came to switching off for the night and trying to get some sleep. Throw in a whole lot of banter, some twists and turns, and a bunch of characters who completely steal your heart away, this was yet another wonderfully warm story from Christie that I thoroughly enjoyed. If this isn't enough to convince you to pick this story up, then I'd like to also mention that books play a massive role in Evie's story, so if you're a book lover, then you've already got something in common with the leading lady in Barlow's latest release.

Overall, Evie's Year of Taking Chances was a fantastic story that had my head spinning with all of the emotions the author evoked. From beginning to end, Barlow had me invested in the characters and their lives, and had me crossing my fingers for things to work out right for them all. A splendid, splendid story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read!! 11 March 2017
By aimee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved this book! Obviously, I’m a reader so Libraries appeal to me. The librarian storyline in this book I absolutely loved. There is romance, mystery and likable characters. Right from the first chapter, even though you don’t immediately meet Noah or Irene or even Evie’s birth family, you bond with her and you know her goal early on.
I did love the characters as well. One thing that was refreshing for me is how almost innocent and sweet Evie is, despite her rough childhood and past. Isn’t it amazing that with just the right person our whole lives can turn in a direction we never even thought possible? Irene is that person for Evie. It seemed so true to the whole ‘foster kid’ atmosphere as well. They are shipped from home to home, never really finding the ‘family’ they long for. A lot of kids never do, which is so sad. I was glad to see Evie find that, even though she is a fictional character I feel like many people who have been through a similar foster situation will easily bond with her.
This book almost had that ‘cozy mystery’ vibe with the mysterious package and the hunt for Evie’s past. The mysterious love interest, Noah, which is a lot of the reason I turned the pages so quickly. I loved that mysterious plot even though it didn’t contain a ‘who done it’ aspect.
I’ve read a few of Christie’s books now and they never ever disappoint me. This one was definitely no different.

What I Loved?
-A lot of things were awesome about this story. I loved the characters, everyone from Evie to Carla & Aiden, even the UPS driver… they all had such an understated elegance to them that it made them really easy to love.
-Noah – before I even met Noah I knew I’d love him. Christie set him up early on so perfectly that he was easy to like, even with his mysterious self.
-The library setting. Who doesn’t love a librarian? They always seem so knowledgeable and watchful. They don’t do a lot of talking but you just know they love to read anything they can get their hands on so their outlook on the world is so much different than a nonreader.
-The cover! It’s so gorgeous! It’s fitting of the story and the genre, which is not surprising considering it’s a Bookouture book.

What didn't I Love?
-Nothing!

Would I recommend it?
Yes! It’s a great read for anyone who loves chick lit, or mysterious heartwarming storylines. Christie is a great writer of reality and really makes you feel a part of the story. I read this in one day and literally couldn’t turn the pages fast enough until the last couple chapters. Then I wanted to slow down!
You won’t regeret any of Christie’s books so why not start with this one and then buy them all!
4.0 out of 5 stars Another gorgeous story from Christie Barlow 17 March 2017
By Bloomin' Brilliant Books - Published on Amazon.com
I have a real soft spot for Christie Barlow’s books and couldn’t wait to get my hands on Evie’s Year Of Taking Chances and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Evie’s Year of Taking Chances begins on her birthday in January. The book loving librarian receives a signed book with a personal message from her favourite author, but she doesn’t know who sent it or how the author knew it was her birthday. It is also the day she decides, after spending her childhood in various foster homes, to take the plunge and try to find her birth mother.

Barlow always produces a novel that is so much more than a romantic comedy. Yes, the romance is there and it had the trademark Barlow wit, but she also always manages to add another layer to her stories. In this case that layer is Evie’s experience as a child in care and the impact it has had on her. Written with emotional acuity and a sensitivity towards her characters, it is clear that Barlow has spent time researching the impact of a life brought up within the care system. She manages to get right to the heart of the issues her character’s face and the affection she has for them shines through.

The characters in Evie’s Year of Taking Chances are just gorgeous. They have that down-to-earth, relatable quality to them and the fact that they are just like me and you make them feel like old friends. You can’t help but get completely immersed within their lives and I was really rooting for Evie. You feel every moment she goes through and she is the sort of person you would love to spend time with in real life.

I did figure out one aspect of the plot but this did not in any way hamper my enjoyment of the book. There were still lots of parts I didn’t see coming and in my opinion this book is as much about the journey Evie takes as it is about discovering the outcome.

I generally veer towards the dark novels, the ones that don’t always have a happy ending with characters you love to hate, but every now and again I need something different. Barlow’s books tick all the boxes in providing me with the warmth, humour and depth of emotions that I sometimes need in my reading. Evie’s Year of Taking Chances is no exception to this. This is a book to get cosy with, a comforting book that, despite the sad parts, lifts your spirits and gives you hope while wrapping you up in a snug cocoon. Barlow pretty much has it nailed when it comes to romantic comedy and women’s fiction and Evie’s Year of Taking Chances is testament to that. Just gorgeous!