Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: April 8/2014
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: TLC Book Tours
Sometimes life’s most fulfilling journeys begin without a map.
An executive at a New York cosmetics firm, Sarah has had her fill of the interminable hustle of the big city. When her husband, Josh, is offered a new job in suburban Virginia, it feels like the perfect chance to shift gears.
While Josh quickly adapts to their new life, Sarah discovers that having time on her hands is a mixed blessing. Without her everyday urban struggles, who is she? And how can she explain to Josh, who assumes they are on the same page, her ambivalence about starting a family?
It doesn’t help that the idea of getting behind the wheel—an absolute necessity of her new life—makes it hard for Sarah to breathe. It’s been almost twenty years since she’s driven, and just the thought of merging is enough to make her teeth chatter with anxiety. When she signs up for lessons, she begins to feel a bit more like her old self again, but she’s still unsure of where she wants to go.
Then a crisis involving her best friend lands Sarah back in New York—a trip to the past filled with unexpected truths about herself, her dear friend, and her seemingly perfect sister-in-law…and an astonishing surprise that will help her see the way ahead.
Buy/Borrow/Bargain: Library Loaner
Quick or Long Read: Even thought it’s not a big book, it was a loooong read!
The Cover: Absolutely stunning! However, I didn’t feel that it truly represented the storyline. Perhaps, the cover is trying to encompass the life of a small town with hope in a jar, but that’s me stretching it.
The Title: I love the title. The title is truly a reflection of what the book is about: learning a new life.
Audience: Those like enjoy Women’s fiction!
Overall Thoughts: I really struggled with this book. I loved the beginning of the book, but the storyline moved so slowly that I found myself daydreaming…and reading is my escape. So, if I’m daydreaming, while reading, well- that’s just not a good sign. The characters were likeable, the plot was quite realistic and ordinary to me, you, your neighbor. I wanted a little bit more pizzazz, some bigger issues to show the strength and transformation of the characters, since the book was more character driver and not plot driven. Overall, it was a good book. It’s a cozy read that people will enjoy reading as a break from more heavier topic books.
Zoe Fishman is the author of Balancing Acts and Saving Ruth. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and son.
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