The Year of Taking Chances

Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Fiction, Chick Lit
5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It's New Year's Eve, and at a house party, three women bond over dodgy cocktails and fortune cookies, and vow to make this year their best one yet. But as the months unfold, Gemma, Saffron, and Caitlin find themselves tested to their limits. Under pressure, they are each forced to rethink their lives. But dare they take a chance on something new?

©2015 Lucy Diamond (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

Praise for the author: ‘Delicious, delightful, and warm, Lucy Diamond never fails to make you laugh out loud and cheer for her colourful cast of characters.’ (Rowan Coleman)
‘Charming, funny and as satisfying as a giant tiramisu. Loved it.’ (Milly Johnson)

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  • Michele Ellen Colasuono
  • 03-11-15

A Great Listen

Yet another delightful book by Lucy. She has this fantastic ability of seamlessly entwining her characters lives together without you really noticing. I wasn't sure about the narrator at the beginning but I quickly decided that she brought the book to life gently and effortlessly. Being laid up with a bad back I found the narration rather soothing and the story line, whilst a little predictable in places, was still a great listen. As I expected fabulous characters brought to life by Lucy, I can visualise them all! If your looking for a way to chillax and unwind I would certainly recommend finding a comfy chair, putting in your earphones, closing your eyes and then just listen. Perfect 😃

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  • Emmabyrne
  • 02-21-15

Excellent listen - feel good

Great book - nothing less than expected from this author , was not disappointed in the slightest. Bring on the next one .

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  • Expat with Kids
  • 07-17-15

Very entertaining

Would you listen to The Year of Taking Chances again? Why?

If you like books that end with "The love of my life", this is for you. A classic chick lit and a great entertaining read for the summer. Not too much romance and a great deal of entrepreneurship. Throw in some fashion, a celebrity, a husband and an ex and it's a perfect mix. Will never read fortune cookies the same way again.

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  • Ann D
  • 03-21-15

Pleasant!

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This is a pleasant enough novel. It didn't really go anywhere though and was predictable. In the last few chapters, I was just wanting to get to the end, so I could move on to the next book, rather than care about what happened (never a good thing). I suppose that was due to it being a bit bland by then. Its worth noting that if I don't enjoy a book, I usually just discard it and move on. I didn't in this case because the characters were pleasent enough and I expected more to happen.

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  • kisag_queen
  • 07-16-16

Absolutely Average Chit Lit

This audio book is very easy on the ears. I guess it would be perfect for listening on the beach or by the pool. It certainly doesn't ask anything of the listener and gives very little in return.
I will not be seeking anything else from this author or narrator.

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  • Emma Christie
  • 06-14-15

enjoyable story

Loved this book. This is the first Lucy Diamond book I have read or listened to and I will now be listening to many more!

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  • Karen Currie
  • 06-04-15

Good story - engaging central characters

Would you listen to The Year of Taking Chances again? Why?

Yes, I would listen to this story again, I got to know the characters and I enjoyed the twists and turns in their lives - they were believable.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the times when the girls were working together

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was moved when Spencer become ill

Any additional comments?

Well worth a read/listen

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  • julie
  • 06-03-15

Amazing

This was such a lovely book, had me hooked from the beginning, it had me laughing and crying, just amazing

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  • Donna P.
  • 06-07-15

Fantastic feel good book

Well narrated, believable characters and story . Didn't want it to end . Highly recommend.

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  • Alisa Atkins
  • 01-19-19

The most wonderful story ever.Wonderfully narrated

A story of highs and lows with in 3 women's lives. Truly relatable. Funny, sad, amazing. I didn't want it to end.

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  • Leah Rigby
  • 04-03-18

beautifully written story

Loved this book! plenty of twists and turns and glorious ending. A total page turner! i would love a part 2!

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  • Jo
  • 10-20-17

Hard to follow

Depressing story, bland narrator, jumps all around. Tried to listen to it several times but gave up.

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  • Cassie
  • 07-02-15

Too much sadness

I couldn't finish listening to it. It was all about a woman's misery and things that kept going wrong with her life and everyone elses. A depressing book. The narrator was quite good.