Surfing in Stilettos Paperback – 17 Jun 2012
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'A bouillabaisse of wit and comedy' --SixtyPlusSurfers.
'I highly recommend this book! It's great fun and wonderfully entertaining' --Brook Cottages Books --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Carol Wyer is an award-winning author whose humorous books take a light-hearted look at getting older. Her book Grumpy Old Menopause won The People's Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015. Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines 'Woman's Weekly', featured in 'Take A Break', 'Choice', 'Yours' and 'Woman's Own' magazines and writes regularly for The Huffington Post. She currently lives in rural Staffordshire with her grumpy husband and travels frequently to France. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Chapter One sees Todd Bradshaw experiencing a night of passion with Amanda. Waking exhausted he finds it was only a dream! Todd is a man who has missed the opportunities in the past but Amanda is still haunting him.
On the road, we learn from Phil about the night before. Amanda and her mother Grace (having recently got in touch) were up all night drinking and reminiscing. Amanda is feeling rather ill ...
Next we meet Bibi and we're introduced to her life and her relationship with husband Didier.
With all our characters in place, what follows is a fast paced and engaging story of how their lives end up weaving in and out, with moments that make you laugh out loud but others more serious and in one particular case, life threatening.
Phil has lost his place in the world after retiring and right from the start of their gap year is grumpy. After Bertie the camper van breaks down and they stay in a rustic village, what should have been idyllic only exacerbates his feelings. With son Tom texting with disasters at home, one such text sends Phil home leaving Amanda in France.
Bibi's husband has been having an affair and she uses social media as a non-threatening way to try to win him back. Amanda and Bibi become friends ... and two other connections become important to them both (not both in a good way!)
Grace's zany front hides a vulnerability underneath. She is such a fabulous character. We could all learn something from her!
With each character narrating in the third person, we get to know them well.Read more ›
Amanda and her super grumpy husband Phil are off on an adventure 'Gap Year' with Bertie the very unreliable camper van. The first leg of their journey starts off in France but Bertie has other ideas and breaks down. Amanda and Phil are forced to spend longer in France than they first intended. Amanda spends the time wondering if she will be able to stop herself from strangling Phil as he constantly complains, is poor company and seems downright miserable! Amanda is kept company via Skype with her very eccentric and totally bonkers mother Grace, whose philosophy of life is to live it to the full. Grace is a die-hard party animal who believes that one can never have too much fun, with age being no barrier!
Amanda and Phil leave their son Tom to house-sit, although they soon realise that this was a huge mistake and soon Phil leaves France to evict some uninvited house guests. Amanda decides to stay in France and soon meets the wonderful Bibi and they two become firm friends. But, Bibi has her own story and difficulties within her marriage that she endeavours to fix. However, Bibi's plan may backfire, having consequences for poor Amanda!
I have to say I absolutely adored this book! The characters were so entertaining and there were parts in the book that did make me laugh out loud. I loved them all! Grace is the sort of person I want to be when I am elderly! She is without doubt a Granny who rocks! I love that Amanda is unaware of the effect that she has on those around her.Read more ›
It did take me a little while to fully engage with the storyline but once I did I was hooked, from then on I found it easy to sail through the pages with laughter and a smile on my face. The blog posts and comments were definitely my favourite part of the book, I just loved the familiarity of it especially when DizzyC popped up - I actually shouted `yay it's Dizzy' which resulted in a raised eyebrow from my husband (he still doesn't really understand my obsession with fiction, bless him).
So as the blurb has already told you, Amanda and her husband Phil were on a tour of Europe and they both seemed to feel differently about the situation - Amanda saw it as a way of rekindling their love for one another but Phil, who was feeling troubled about other parts of his life, seemed to be annoyed by the whole thing. The author tackled the subject of marriage gone stale perfectly, it was written in a light and refreshing way but still managed to get the message across. I personally loved the idea of having a gap year and would be keen to do something similar in the future (though I'm not sure about being stuck in a camper van with my husband for a year either)!
Amanda's ex Todd was lurking in the background, he felt like Amanda was the one that got away and seemed intent on getting her back. I just couldn't predict how this part of the story would turn out and I must admit that I enjoyed the unknown.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Surfing In Stilettos by Carol E. Wyer is a lovely escape into something delightfully funny. The author shares her zest for life and does so in living color. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Brenda
Some great laugh out loud moments in this novel. Loved it... but I believe I've read this one before I should have. Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2014 by Melanie King
Loved it, not as good as the first book in the series but still worth reading. Lovely feel good story line, and great characters.Published on 31 Dec. 2013 by Sandra, Winchester
This is the second novel about Amanda Wilson, first encountered in 'Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines', a woman who is, in her own words ''in her fifties but feel in our forties''. Read morePublished on 9 July 2013 by sagababe
In this book, Amanda and Phil leave behind their mundane lifestyle and embark on their exciting gap year adventure. Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2013 by Amanda Nason
I am going to admit, Surfing in Stilettos isn't a genre that I would normally read but, it looked fun from the reviews I had already read, so thought I would give it a go and... Read morePublished on 2 April 2013 by Sylv
I like the concept of writing a 'blog post' with comments after some of the chapters making it very real for the popular blogging community out there. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2012 by B Reading
It is just over a year since I published my review of Carol Wyer's début novel Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines, the last paragraph of which I shall repeat here. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2012 by LindyLouMac