The Way Life Should Be
Angela Russo is thirty-three years old and single, stuck in a job she doesn't love and a life that seems, somehow, to have just happened. Though she inherited a flair for Italian cooking from her grandmother, she never has the time; for the past six months, her oven has held only sweaters. Tacked to her office bulletin board is a picture torn from a magazine of a cottage o...more
Angela Russo is a single, thirty-something event planner in New York. When an important charity event goes all wrong, she loses her job. She impulsively decides to move to Maine to pursue a new relationship with a sailing instructor she met on an online dating site. She befriends the owner of the local coffee shop and ends up working for him, convincing him to expand his bus ...more
So lovely except I felt the ending fell short - sort of abrupt the way the book ended, as is the author just got tired of writing and decided to move on to another project - she left us hanging. I really wanted to know what happened to Angela ...more
Angela Russo is thirty-three.
She’s also a woman desperate for – even if she isn’t perhaps aware of ...more
In this novel we meet Angela, a 33 year old event planner living in NYC. After a major mishap at one of the events that she has planned, she loses her job. At the same time, Angela has started to use online dating and has recently met a man from Maine, who seems to good to be true. When she tells him that she has lost her job, he casually invite ...more
Although a simple story that takes place over just 5 months ...more
I nearly gave up on this novel by the end of chapter 2, as it just seemed too fluffy to bother reading, but I'm glad I continued. Event planner moves to Maine to be with online boyfriend and finds happiness - yes, but not just as you might think. This book explores what family means, being in community, expectations vs. Reality, and includes some wonderful-sounding Italian recipes that I plan to try. (White Bolognese sauce, anyone?) I was surprised by the ending. It was also well-wri ...more
I found the main character, Angela Russo lacking in substance and her wacky ways kind of irritating. However, I enjoyed her interaction with her Italian "loves to cook" grandmother and found their relationship quite delightful. It made me miss my own lovely grandmothers and their cooking skills.
I cou ...more
Angela's love for cooking she inherits from her Italian grandmother (Nonna). Nonna lives with Angela's father and stepmother, and teaches Angela many lessons. Nonna confides in ...more
Just finished: May 24, 2014. My copy has 292 pages which includes "A conversation with Christina Baker Kline", "a reading group guide", and "a sneak preview of "Four Way Stop" so the page count is different than what's on the GR's page.
Thank you to Goodreads, William Morrow Publisher who listed this giveaway, and Harper (the publisher on this edition) for the opportunity to read this through the Goodreads first reads program for an honest review.
Wonderful story, very ...more
I wasn't sure about this book when I first started reading, but I totally fell in love. I guess I can relate- a thirty-something who feels like they still haven't found their place in life. This is a book about discovery and finding yourself. I do love that the characters in this book are in their thirties. I've read books where a 22 year old character feels 'lost' in life. No one knows anything at 22! Anyway, the characters are all relatabl ...more
Angela is a 33 year old party planner who was very good at her job until she got distracted by an online romance. The distraction and following mishap at a huge party prompted her job loss which freed up her life sufficiently to go to Maine to meet her online dream love. She packs up and drives to Mai ...more
The premise that love can be found through an advertisement is perfectly logical, even though it does not seem to be to anyone who expects life to follow the patterns it did fifty years ago, or a hundred years ago.
When Angela decides to not just travel to Maine from New York to rendevous for a repeat time with a random dude from a dating site but to move in with him or even just be nearby him, it is hard not to wonder if Angela ...more
Angela Russo was raised by her dad and Italian nonna in New Jersey and remain close to them. Now single gal in her early thirties living in New York and an event planner for a museum. She seems to have it all but love and a soul mate. Taking a chance she gives online dating a try, she sets her sights on a man from Maine and im ...more
Angela Russo, 33, is fired from her job as an events planner in New York City, and on a whim, packs up her things and drives to Maine. She had always been intrigued by the idea of a romantic cottage on the Maine coast, and had even initiated a real-life relationship with a guy she discovered through an online dating service calling himself “MaineCatch.” Sh ...more
After that, I read Sweet Water by Ms. Kline and was happy to report that I enjoyed that one as well. I just finished another book from Kline's backlist, The Way Life Should Be, and I found this book the best of the three.
Angela is a 33 year-old single woman living in Manhattan, with a burgeoning career as an even ...more
''Thirty-three-year-old New Yorker, Angela Russo, dissatisfied with a career that amounts to gliding across a smooth plateau of predictability and fed up with abysmal blind dates, responds to an online personal ad written by Rich, a sailing instructor from Mount Desert Island, Maine. Angela begins to fall in love with the idea of Maine life just as much as she finds herself falling for Rich, and when her career suddenly goes ...more
Angela leads a ho-hum life. She's got her job which she doesn't love, but isn't awful at. (Well, until the fire eater pulls out all of the stops to screw his cousin over and it's clear Angela forgot a really key step in party planning 101 and that goes all to hell.) She has her family that is alright, but she loves her dear Gr ...more