Chloe Piper is a shy woman, who deals with social anxiety on a daily basis. This prevents her from meeting new people, being in a large crowd, going out shopping, going to parties, etc. Her knees buckle at the very thought of it. The routine Chloe had going for herself was all she needed, however, her husband needed more.
Chloe had heard the rumours endlessly about her husband running off with another woman, yet she thought nothing of it, why would her husband betray her like that? That is until she finds a meal for two receipt in her husband’s coat pocket and discovers that he has been having an affair with a model.
Chloe and her dog, Ronnie, escape to Sunny Meadow, which luckily for the two, is a newly built housing estate. Chloe begins to meet incredibly unique and quirky people who are always trying to get her out of the house, especially Felix and Eleanor, her neighbours and owners of a singles club. With Chloe’s family dying when she was a child, Chloe has always found it hard to be a person who gets involved in activities involving other people, so when she gets a little too tipsy one night and agrees to join this singles club, she knows she’s in for an extremely rocky roller-coaster ride.
This was the first book of Carol’s I had read and I absolutely loved every second of it. I related so much to Chloe’s struggles with social anxiety – it really does stop you from putting yourself out there and diving head first in to incredibly opportunities that you may never get the chance to experience again. The new faces around Chloe were extremely supportive of her, bringing her out of her shell and pushing her gently to get involved in activities surrounding the Singles Club.
Chloe is also an anonymous author to an extremely steamy novel and the fresh start away from past ex-husbands and friends, she focuses on writing her second novel and gets herself in to very awkward positions, causing for some great humour throughout the book.
The entirety of ‘Suddenly Single’ was actually consistently humorous and always had you on your toes, as to what Chloe would experience next. She tackled some fun activities and proved to herself that by being surrounded by the right people, she was able to be herself without any judgement and she even surprised herself by becoming quite competitive with the games and out-doing all of her components (aka new friends).
We also get to meet the lovely Alex Collins, who takes a liking to Chloe immediately and is easily a better man than her ex-husband could ever be. Their romance was slow-paced, focusing more on Chloe’s social anxieties and journey to writing her second novel, however, the outcome in the end was every type of wonderful and I really could see this book having a sequel – let’s hope Carol agrees!
‘Suddenly Single’ is available now on e-book.