Can two strangers make a marriage work?
Today, we are the stop on the Blog Tour for Take a Chance on Me by Beth Moran.
Take a Chance on Me by Beth Moran is a story about the challenge of balancing career, romance, and family and how far a person is willing to go to achieve it all.
Title: Take a Chance on Me by Beth Moran
Publisher: Boldwood Books (February 4, 2021)
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?
Join Beth Moran, Cooper and the Donovan sisters on this life-affirming and uplifting tale of love, family, friendship, and risking it all for happiness.
From the Publisher’s Blurb
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Some years prior, Emma was abandoned by her fiance weeks before their marriage.
Since then, she had dedicated herself to learn how to bake and build her baking business from scratch.
Being the eldest of five sisters, it was tough for Emma to learn her youngest sister was getting engaged, leaving her the last unmarried person in the family.
When her sister started a ‘blind wedding’ project at the neuroscience institute she worked for, Emma decided to take a leap of faith and join in agreeing to marry a complete stranger chosen for her based on data analysis and DNA samples.
It reminded me of Married at First Sight, a reality show that in a way emulates the experiment described in the book. I was curious to find out how it would play out in the book.
The story turned out to be quite different from what I was expecting, but not in a bad way.
I enjoyed the family vibe, especially the overprotective Italian mom and the lovely Irish Dad. The sisters also seem very real and easy to relate to.
Cooper was a sweetheart. He was shy, insecure, but loyal and lovely.
Emma had a sweet nature and a scarred heart. She was so brave to put herself out there and take that chance.
The story is not very romantic, but it deals with the character’s inner struggles in a fascinating manner. It shows that nobody is perfectly happy and that happiness is a choice one has to make every day, whether single or in a relationship.
Take a Chance on Me is less of the lighthearted rom-com I was expecting and more of an inspirational read about life’s purpose and happiness.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Beth Moran initially worked as a biochemist and then taught antenatal classes before becoming an author. She loves to write contemporary women`s fiction set in and around Sherwood Forest, where she lives with her family