‘And have you booked in your vejazzler?’
‘My what?’
‘You can’t roll up with your grey wire wool when he’s expecting rhinestone!’

Angie Shepherd is back and this time she means business!

Life is perfect for Angie Shepherd. Her dreams of becoming an entrepreneur have come true, business is booming, and her best friend Patty is back in town. So when the opportunity of investing in a luxury hotel comes up, it seems like a no-brainer. It’s all going swimmingly until a rival travel agency opens up across the street. Before long, The Mercury Travel Club is undercut, double-crossed and in deep trouble. It’s time for Angie to up the stakes. But with costs mounting up, sales going down, and her personal life suddenly in freefall, can Angie and her friends weather the storm?

Witty and charming in equal measure, this feel-good novel shows that when the going gets tough, the tough definitely get going.

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About the author

bridgettHelen has always loved books and always loved writing. One year she decided her New Year’s resolution would be “Write a novel to give as a Christmas present”. She spent the year writing and The Mercury Travel Club was born.

Helen hails from the North East but now lives in Manchester with her Husband and their Chocolate Labrador Angus. When not writing, Helen can usually be found walking or drinking wine – not usually at the same time.

Like many people, Helen believes that the music you grow up with as a teenager stays with you for the whole of your life. Being a child of 80’s rock, when she hears the opening riff to Sweet Child of Mine, she cannot be held responsible for her actions!

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3rd July 2018


The Heat is On

Now when I saw that the second Mercury Travel Club book was being released I thought yay!

This is a super book to get you into the holiday season mood as it dangled all the fabulous places to visit on every page…

I love the humour that Helen Bridgett brings to her novels in the form of Angie’s friends and very over the top mother who had me giggling away with outrageous scenes and cringing, in a good way at others.

There are plenty of lovely moments that come together with some real shockers that made me beam. This is a super good feel read, with a beautiful end.

June 2018

The Heat is On

I was a big fan of the first outing for The Mercury Travel Club, so I couldn’t wait to get back to Angie, Patty and co. As with most books in a series, it took me just a little bit of time to remind myself who everyone was and what had happened before but I was soon settled in and loving being back with these engaging characters.

So, Angie and Charlie are running their travel business and doing a grand job of it with the help of Josie, who comes up with all sorts of ways of getting people signed up for their trips.  All is well until, that is, a new travel agency, filled with technology and delights to entice any customer, comes along and opens up bang opposite Mercury.

I really felt for Angie. She’d put her all into Mercury and is devastated to think that she might lose it. Heck, I was devastated for her! But I loved all the ways she, Charlie and everyone else, came up with to try and keep their beloved business going. I won’t say whether it works or not but let’s just say that all was concluded satisfactorily. I said in my review for The Mercury Travel Club that Helen Bridgett ought to go into business herself with her wonderful ideas and I stand by that as once again she’s come up with some corkers. I’d love to go on one of the trips myself, especially the treasure trail.

There are a cast of characters that really work here and I’d be very happy to read more about them in the future. Some are wacky (Patty and Angie’s mum in particular), some are kind (Jack and Michael), some put their all into whatever they do (Angie and Charlie), but all are fabulously well-rounded individuals who add their own special something to the story.

The Heat is On made me smile a lot. It’s warm, it’s feel-good, it’s fun, even riotously so at times. It’s about comradeship, finding love and starting all over again. Helen Bridgett’s stories are an absolute pleasure to read. I do hope we’ll meet Angie and co again in more Mercury adventures.


2nd March 2017 – Booksofallkinds Blog

THE MERCURY TRAVEL CLUB by Helen Bridgett is one of the funniest books I have ever read, with a cast of characters that you will completely fall head over heels in love with. Meet Angie Shepherd, age 53, newly-divorced with a grown-up daughter and unsure of what exactly she is supposed to do with her life now. With the usual advice dispensed to those who find themselves in her situation, she makes a determined effort ‘to get out there’ and find a new path, and Angie does so with gusto. From the new book club where she makes new friends, becoming an overnight internet sensation during a drunken karaoke session with her best friend Patty, to trying to learn how to bake with her daughter even though she is a health hazard in the kitchen, life is certainly not dull. But while she is doing all of these exciting things with everyone else, Angie cannot help but feel that it is more for them than for her. But when Angie has an idea that could help grow the travel agency where she works, she has no clue that this new business venture will expand her world in ways she never thought possible.

From cruise ships with international criminals, a mother with no filter, speed dating, and showdowns with the ex, THE MERCURY TRAVEL CLUB by Helen Bridgett has everything you will ever need for an excellent nights reading – and trust me it will only take one night because you will not want to put this book down! Witty dialogue, clever characterisation, and a beautifully down-to-earth atmosphere throughout, this stunning debut shows us that life truly is what you make of it, and it is yours for the taking. I cannot wait to see what Helen Bridgett has for us next!!    BOOK RATING – 📖📖📖📖📖 5+++++++++