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Release Date: 28th January 2019 / Publisher: Canelo

She stood and took her place in front of the camera… It was now or never”

Bryony Masters has been looking for her long-lost sister, Hannah, for years, but when their father has a stroke her search takes on new urgency. So when primetime game show, What Happens in France, puts a call-out for new contestants, Bryony spots the ultimate public platform to find her reality TV-obsessed sister, and finally reunite their family.

With the help of handsome teammate Lewis, it’s not long before she’s on a private jet heading for the stunning beauty of rural France. With a social media star dog, a high maintenance quiz host and a cast of truly unique characters, Bryony and Lewis have their work cut out for them to stay on the show and in the public eye.

Yet as the audience grows and the grand prize beckons they find that the search that brought them together may just fulfil more than one heart’s wish… 

This heartwarming romantic comedy of friendship, family and laugh-out-loud adventures is perfect for fans of Kirsty Greenwood, Colleen Coleman and Marian Keyes.

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My Review

Hannah Masters packed her bags and left home one day and hasn’t been since.  Bryony, her younger sister has been looking for her ever since and when their dad suffers a stroke, the need to find Hannah becomes all the more urgent.  To get her appeal out to a wider audience, Bryony decides to apply to be a contestant on the new game show “What Happens In….”  With the help of her teammate Lewis, they are off on a luxury jet to France to compete against the other contestants!  Can they stay in the game and find Hannah and what else will they find out?!

I love this author’s work, but it is usually the crime novels of that she writes that I read.  I had absolutely no doubt that this author can turn her hand to anything though, I mean she’s already written romantic comedy before, but I didn’t realise how good this would be!  This book was absolutely delightful!  Starting with the blurb, it’s enough to pull on your heartstrings and have you smiling all in one go.  The cover is to DIE for!!  Looking so French with the cutest Pug ever on the front (who we now know to be Biggie Smalls), this cover certainly has the “va-va-voom”!

It is a really unique idea of including a game show (I’ve read very few books featuring game shows!) in the plot and after reading it I can definitely say this works really well.  I had a tear in my eye at the thought of Bryony and Hannah’s dad suffering a stroke and the after-effects he suffers as my dear old late dad also suffered the same thing some years ago and this affected his speech also.  It was though, written so sensitively and this made me love the Masters family that little bit more.  The story flows really well and as the chapters switch between present day to the past, you get an insight into what made Hannah leave home.

The characters in the book are all so likeable and lovable!  I’d love to have a best friend like Melinda and after reading this book I realise how boring my life is without someone like her in it!  I also loved the delicious Lewis, but cried out in despair when Bryony was told that he’d just broken up with his boyfriend, Maxwell!  It’s a good job she’s not his type…..!  The other contestants that Bryony and Lewis are up against in the game show are also all fabulous!  They are certainly all stars of the show and you could just imagine them on a real game show!

The biggest star of the show, figuratively speaking, has to be of course the pug, Biggie Smalls!  A social media star in his own right (well, along with his owner, Oscar), Biggie is absolutely adorable!  The writing for Biggie’s character is so spot on that he should win everyone’s hearts!  Whilst I loved the book and the other characters, I definitely think Biggie should have his own story (and I have been informed by a reliable source that this just….might….happen!!)

The story treats us to some fabulous views of the French countryside, some opulent modes of transport and some luxurious accommodation!  My imagination tells me that when the author travels to France, she goes by private jet and stays in only the most extravagant hotels, as the descriptions of them all are so detailed that this can be the only reason!  I do know that the game show parts are definitely written from experience as I remember watching the author on ITV’s Tipping Point!!

This is a hugely funny romantic comedy with lots of heart-warming, endearing moments.  I have needed tissues throughout this book, sometimes to wipe away tears of emotion, other times to wipe away tears of laughter.  The author has proved without a doubt that she can write amazing romantic comedy as well as amazing crime! 

Hautement recommandé!! Absolument fantastique!! Plus s’il vous plait!!

The Author

As a child Carol Wyer was always moving, and relied on humour to fit in at new schools. A funny short story won her popularity, planting the seed of becoming a writer. Her career spans dry cleaning, running a language teaching company, and boxercise coaching. Now writing full-time, Carol has several books published and journalism in many magazines.

Carol won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015), and can sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.