Book Review: Call Me Lucky by Caroline Bell Foster

Call Me Lucky CoverCall Me Lucky

Caroline Bell Foster

ISBN: N/A

Publisher: Sunshine Publications

Pages: 246

Genre: Contemporary Interracial Romance

 

Plot Summary:

What happens with the night team…

Felicity ‘Fliss’ Pecora didn’t like people. Her background meant she didn’t trust easily and the night shift suited her perfectly. Forced to go on a team night out she bumps into the one person who knew her at her worst.

Teddy couldn’t believe the foul mouthed girl he once knew had changed so little, but still he felt an attraction towards her. He helped her overcome her insecurities and health scare and they were happy and in love until the night their pasts collided.

Teddy has no choice but to watch from afar as she takes control of her destiny.

To love her, was to let her go.

Review

Call Me Lucky features Felicity “Fliss” Pecora, a seemingly embittered young woman stuck in a dead end job at a call center. She has a chance encounter with a childhood acquaintance that sets her on a course where her life is irrevocably changed. Although this is classified as a contemporary romance, it is more about Fliss’ personal journey and growth via her relationships with her family, co-workers, friends, customers, and beaus. Due to unfortunate circumstances, Fliss spent most of her life emotionally closed and isolated. When she begins to open up and trust those closest to her, she realizes that she is able to receive and give love in more than just a romantic way.

Call Me Lucky is one of the most intriguing books I’ve read this year thus far for a number of reasons:

1. The story takes place in England, mostly Nottingham with dashes of London. The setting wasn’t overly descriptive, but it did take me, as a reader, to a place that I would like to visit.

2. The author is British. We may speak the same language, but there are some marked differences, especially in writing styles and speaking slang (what is a jumper?). My familiarity with British authors is limited to 17th-18th century males, Helen Fielding, Jill Mansell, and JK Rowling. Reading this has inspired me to seek more from Caroline Bell Foster.

3. The story features a diverse cast of characters, and by diverse, I mean multicultural. Fliss is Afro-Caribbean/Swedish. Her friends are Nigerian, Jamaican, English, etc. Her love interests are white English/Irish (Teddy) and Latvian (Marcin). One of the most interesting and revealing quotes is “You’re white and English, everyone else is British.”

4. Certain blood disorders affect more than just Black Americans. I don’t want to reveal too much as this is a major aspect of the story. Let’s just say that I only have my American knowledge of it, so it was interesting to see how this disorder is prevalent in other countries (and cultures) as well.

5. Slow and steady wins the race. I admit that it took me a few chapters to really get into this book, but I kept reading, and I’m so glad I did. This is no reflection on the author or the writing, it was my perception of Fliss. I didn’t immediately connect with her, nor did I like or dislike her. However, the more I read, the more my feelings about her changed.  Now that is a reflection on the author and her writing.  She let me swim for a little while, then she baited and hooked me, just like that.

Call Me Lucky is actually the second book in the Call Centre series. Unlike plenty of books in series, this one can be read as a standalone and does not disappoint.

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for a review via Diverse Book Tours.

Book Links

Amazon: Purchase Link

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Caroline Bell FosterAbout the Author

Caroline Bell Foster was born in Derby, England and with her family went on a six week holiday to Jamaica. She stayed for 18 years!

Ever the adventurer, Caroline bought her first pair of high heels in Toronto and traded her pink sunglasses for a bus ride in the Rift Valley at 18. She wrote her first short story on that bus and had it published the following year in a local newspaper. With themes of substance, Caroline’s latest novels’ defy convention and celebrate modern day Britain.

Other Novels’ – Ladies’ Jamaican, Caribbean Whisper’s, Saffron’s Choice, Call Me Royal and Call Me Lucky (The Call Centre Series). The Call Centre Series is written as a tribute to all those who work the night shift in a call centre, as she has done. The first novel, Call Me Royal, became an Amazon best seller. The author now lives in Nottingham, England with her husband and two children.

Author Links

Website: Official Website

Facebook: Official Facebook Page

Twitter: @cbellfoster

Goodreads: Author Profile

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