Review: When Girlfriends Take Chances (When Girlfriends #5) by Savannah Page

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A novel about exploring love and life's path, and taking chances along the way.

Emily Saunders has never thought twice about grabbing her passport, rucksack, and camera and trekking across the globe. If there's an NGO, a study abroad program, or simply the travel itch, Emily's on the first plane out. Free-spirited, open-minded, and eager to explore, it's no wonder Emily's hardly in one spot (or relationship) for long.

For the past year-and-a-half, though, Emily's found herself planted in her college hometown of Seattle. She's surrounded by her best friends, has steady work as a photographer and at her friend Sophie's café, and is certainly kept busy by the wild antics of her BFF Jackie. Life's enjoyable, but Emily's looking for something more. She's ready for a change, for adventure!

But when Emily tells her girlfriends she's ready for something new she does not expect Operation Blind Date!

Sure, Emily's single. Sure, she hopes to some day find true love. But being thrown into an insane challenge like this is not exactly the adventure she had in mind! Couldn't she just travel and focus on her photography? Or volunteer in Africa? Will a string of eligible bachelors lined up by her friends--a shot at finding a real and lasting love--really be that change she's searching for?

This is a spirited story about seeking adventure while being true to yourself, wherever you are in life. It's a story about love, risk, and self-discovery. About what happens when girlfriends take chances.


I was a bit disappointed when I started reading When Girlfriends Take Chances as I mistakenly thought it was Jackie's story, who I have been really excited to read. So it took me a chapter or two to get into this one as it is Emily's story, Emily who is always off traveling the world and helping people in need and who I never really felt like I knew before this book. Sure she is in the other ones, but not like the other girlfriend because she is not there there all the time. When traveling she checks in once and a while, but it is different. So once I got over the fact that I would have to wait for Jackie's story I was excited to keep reading. 

Emily has major wanderlust. She is not one to be tied down to one place for long, but she has been in Seattle for a while now. Longer than usual and she is getting the itch to go do something. Maybe go back to Africa and help out there if she can. With all the traveling and volunteering she does that doesn't leave her with a lot of time to find love. To find someone to share her life with her. Not that she needs that, but it might be nice. But how would that even work if she doesn't like being in one place for long? 

Well her girlfriends take it upon themselves to try and set Emily up with her perfect match. They each get one shot at a blind date that will hopefully spell love for her. I really enjoyed this one, but maybe not quite as much as the other because it is not so crazy. It is a nice story about Emily trying to find love and a few dates she goes on. The guys some of the ladies set her up on were great. Some of them I loved, some of them were duds, and does she find her dream guy? It was a fun read with a few twists and surprising reveals (or confirmation of a few things that I cannot wait to see how they play out in later books!!). I like Emily and I enjoyed her story. Plus, as always, I love seeing what the other girlfriends are up to. I am reading through these books so quickly it is going to be over soon and then what will I do? I guess I could always re-read the girlfriend's stories. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


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