Surfing in Stilettos

Surfing in Stilettos


Fiction - Humor/Comedy
250 Pages
Reviewed on 10/28/2012
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Author Biography

A graduate of the University of Keele in Staffordshire, Carol E Wyer is a former teacher, linguist and physical trainer.
She spent her early working life in Casablanca, Morocco, where she translated for companies and taught English as a Foreign Language. She then returned to work in education back in the UK and set up her own language company in the late eighties.
She is now ensuring that her fifties are ‘fab not drab’ and has put her time to good use by learning to paint, attempting to teach herself Russian and writing a series of novels and articles which take a humorous look at getting older.
Carol also writes for author site Indies Unlimited as well as the Huffington Post.
She is a member of the RNA.

Book Review

Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers' Favorite

This is a clever, lively story. Amanda Wilson, on the more interesting side of 49, is setting off for a year of travelling around Europe with grumpy husband Phil. Son Tom is left at home where he slowly but steadily works his way through the household appliances as only a clumsy, undomesticated 20-year-old can do. Meanwhile Bibi Chevalier in France has decided that she needs to take a lover to get back at her womanizing husband. Add a camper van breakdown which strands Amanda in France and an ex-lover from Australia and paths begin to cross in interesting and unpredictable ways. Finally a space hopper and a dog make the cast complete. Amanda soon faces a very big decision.

Amanda is an exuberant character, determined to keep life interesting. The Europe trip is one of her means to do this and in preparation she starts a blog, 'Fortifying Your Fifties'. Blog entries are interwoven with the story and this works extremely well both as a literary device and in terms of entertainment value. A few by-the-by subplots even begin to appear in the comments, where TheMerryDivorcee and SexyFitChick in particular have a lot to say without taking the story off course. Bibi is complex and almost a tragic figure but her subtle scheming and stoic spirit make her likeable. Tom is like everyone’s eldest son and Phil slowly and steadily emerges as someone worth knowing. They are all very human and excellently portrayed. Add atmospheric settings and plenty of humor and this book becomes something you can’t put down. More to come in this wonderful series, I hope.

JB Johnston

Surfing in Stilettos is the follow up to Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines. However, saying that, Surfing in Stilettos can be read as a stand alone book. Having not previously read Mini Skirts and Laughter I did not have any difficulties at all getting into the story of Surfing in Stilettos.

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 realize 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 endeavors to fix. However, Bibi's plan may backfire, having consequences for poor Amanda!

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. She really doesn't realize just how loved she is. Anytime I thought of Bibi I kept thinking of a very young Audrey Hepburn. The story has a wonderful plot with keeps the reader interested and entertained. There are a few exciting plot twists that were not expected at all! I loved the fact that Amanda has a blog and shares her adventures with all her online friends. The central message throughout the book is that you are never too old for adventure, love, new direction in your life and a damn good time! I highly recommend this book! Its great fun and wonderfully entertaining. It is very well written, in a refreshing and humorous way and has that 'feel-good' factor that lots of books sadly lack.

Audrey Carden

Surfing in Stillettos is a fabulous, funny read about a woman who is fifty named Amanda. She transports herself to France for a while and the story revolves around her and the various quirky mix of people in her life.

This book was a joy to read and the characters are very believable and endearing. I am in my fifties and can relate to Amanda's take on life, relationships and her need to try and make sense of her life, however, women of any age would find this book highly entertaining.

Carol E Wyer expertly interweaves the lives of Amanda and her friends with a huge dose of humor and I have already purchased Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines which I am looking forward to reading very much.