I loved the idea of this book. It sounds light and fun – three friends return to a year where they made some choices, and they try to make things better the second time around. In practice, this book was a lot heavier and a lot less enjoyable than I was hoping.
Gabriela, Jessie, and Claire have some major drama in their lives – in both timelines. Fenton and Steinke did a great job of creating diverse characters. I loved Claire. She was practical and loving and fiercely loyal to her friends. Gabriela drove me nuts. She was stubborn to the point of recklessness. And Jessie wasn’t much better. Their relationships didn’t always make sense to me, but their actions certainly gave us a lot to talk about at book club.
This book was a little difficult in the execution. Obviously the authors couldn’t tell us the full story of the initial living of their 40th year, so they tried to cover everything in flashbacks. But I found that things jumped around a lot, or skipped ahead too quickly, at times.
If you’re looking for a slightly more serious women’s lit selection for your book club, you may enjoy this book. I liked it, but I was really hoping I’d love it.
Rating: 3 Stars