The truth shall set you free. Or destroy your life and ruin you forever. It’s a thin line, really – one that Tina Murray expertly walks again and again in her novel A Chance to Say Yes.
I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with so many secrets and twists; it certainly kept me on my toes. It seemed that for every secret revealed there were two more hiding in the wings; each secret bigger than the one before but not as big as the next one yet to come.
The book has a great soap opera feel to it, which I surprisingly found quite entertaining. I say surprisingly because even though I’m obsessed with Hollywood gossip, I’m not exactly enthralled by actual “drama.” The characters and story-lines in A Chance to Say Yes reminded me a lot of my high school days – with the caddy fights, the talking behind backs, the betrayal of friends, and of course everyone sleeping with everyone.
A Chance to Say Yes is definitely a great ride, with twists and turns galore. It almost made me dizzy. Almost.
Another wonderful thing about the book is that author Tina Murray writes it in such a way that you can literally see the scenes; don’t be surprised if you start “casting” the A Chance to Say Yes movie in your head. I did it throughout the whole book!
Heston Demming should be played by Brad Pitt
Poppy Talbot should be played by Rachel McAdams
Maude Winston Demming should be played by Gwyneth Paltrow
Montserrst Flynn should be played by Charlize Theron
Inez Vega should be played by Catherine Zeta Jones
But that’s just my opinion.
Find out more about Tina Murray and her A Chance to Say Yes virtual book tour at Pump Up Your Book.
I agree with you, Hilary – this is one well-written, twisty-turny story. Brad Pitt was my second choice for the part – in my head, George Clooney took the lead. However, I’d be perfectly happy seeing the book on the big screen with your selections.
I’m looking forward to the sequel, Tina.
I’m looking forward to the sequel too, Jane! I really want to know what happens to Maude.
I found this book to have a great story line and I couldn’t put it down. I know Tina personally and she is a great person as well as an author. I would like to see this made into a movie, and I am looking forward to the sequel as well.
Yes, this book is a dreamy fantasy; one that romantics will not get enough of. We all have dreamt of such a “Chance to Say Yes.”
This book was so compelling and enjoyable as a fun read. Ms. Murray captured the treasure of Naples, Florida as well a tribute to the romantic notion that true love will last. Thank you Ms. Murray for an entertaining and thoughtful journey through great characters.
Hey Tina, I thought about Leo too, but I just couldn’t shake the Brad Pitt feeling. Ashley Judd might make a good Poppy – she certainly has the acting chops for it – but I’m not sure she’d look very good with red hair (although her mom and sister do, so who knows).
The story Tina has woven together of Heston and Poppy and the curve balls life throws at them is well written and compelling from beginning to end. Like others I eagerly await the sequel and the story on the big screen. Brad Pitt sounds great to play Heston. If she were still in her 30’s Sally Field would have been perfect to play Poppy. And I love Charlize Theron for Montserrat. She’s the perfect combination of animal sexuality with brains who is easily irresistible and deadly. Great work, Tina! Thanks to Hilary for this interesting interview.