This was a cute read. The story goes thus, 30 years ago Hannah ran away from home at age 16, and Bryony and her family have been searching for her in all these years. Her father’s stroke and ill-health makes it all the more imperative to find her. So Bryony decides to take part in a game show and hopes she can find her sister who loves these shows.
The concept was cute, the writing smooth. The tasks and the quizzes of this game show were written well by author Carol Wyer. Quite a different set of pace and genre for this talented author. It was quite exciting to read them all.
My niggles came on a bit early, it was not a humorous tale as said in the tag line. The game show dominated the book, so the emotions got diluted. I kept wondering as to why would Hannah watch the quiz show which she liked at age 16,may not like it at age 46. The reasons for Hannah staying away from parents for 30 years felt flimsy especially when she herself had a 15 year old daughter.
The characterization caught my eye, I stuck to the story as I was connected to Bryony who was sweet, persistent, and quite bold and humorous. Her struggles with childhood illness were well described. In spite of it all, she did grow up to be an intelligent, strong woman who was a great support to her parents and who had a blog dedicated to finding her sister. Lewis as love interest understood her well, there was a connection. Her best friend Melinda was fabulous.
Overall, an enjoyable read from the multi-talented author.
P. S. The pug in the cover was another contestant’s Instagram famous pet who had more likes than I do!! 😂 😂
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Canelo and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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Would you take part in such a quiz show on national television?
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…
Publication Date: 28th January 2019