Three best friends are given the chance to go back in time, to the year they turned forty, and relive that year. At the end of the year, they will beThree best friends are given the chance to go back in time, to the year they turned forty, and relive that year. At the end of the year, they will be given the choice: stay in the new lives they have created or return to their old lives. Each woman experienced something that drastically changed her life's course the year she turned forty, would a do-over fix everything? Or does everything truly happen for a reason? With the chance to re-do old mistakes, would new ones prove more consequential?
As a "recovering perfectionist and aspiring good-enoughist" much of Brown's words spoke to me in ways I likely wouldn't have understood only a few yeaAs a "recovering perfectionist and aspiring good-enoughist" much of Brown's words spoke to me in ways I likely wouldn't have understood only a few years ago. Accepting, being, and doing ME has allowed me to brave the darkness and seek out the light: "Twinkle lights are the perfect metaphor for joy. Joy is not a constant. It comes to us in moments- often ordinary moments. Sometimes we miss out on the bursts of joy because we're too busy chasing down extraordinary moments. Other times we're so afraid of the dark that we don't dare let ourselves enjoy the light."...more
"To claim the truths about who we are, where we come from, what we believe, and the very imperfect nature of our lives, we have to be willing to give"To claim the truths about who we are, where we come from, what we believe, and the very imperfect nature of our lives, we have to be willing to give ourselves a break and appreciate the beauty of our cracks or imperfections. To be kinder and gentler with ourselves and each other. To talk to ourselves the same way we'd talk to someone we care about."...more
A poignant book about choices, consequences, and the burden of guilt.
An admitted helicopter parent, Jude has kept a short leash on her twins Mia andA poignant book about choices, consequences, and the burden of guilt.
An admitted helicopter parent, Jude has kept a short leash on her twins Mia and Zach. In spite of their mother's hovering, Mia and Zach have developed an indestructible bond. Zach, gregarious and outgoing, is a star athlete as he enters his freshman year of high school. Mia, quiet and unsure, often hides in the shadow cast by her brother's fortifying spirit. However different, if Mia is ever in need, Zach is the first by her side. Until a new girl enters the picture.
Having just recovered from a broken heart, Mia secludes herself from the social scene. The last true friend she had merely used her to get to her brother. The entire house felt the ripples of this tenuous emotional tidal wave. Lexi appears to be different, truly interested in befriending Mia. Jude is leery and Zach keeps his distance, the families equilibrium is tested. Lexi proves to be the light Mia needs to break free of her shell, and their friendship blossoms. Until one night, one choice, changes everything.
Tragedy, love triangles, broken hearts...everything found in a typical high school drama; however, the players in this drama are endearing, lovable, and relatable. Who is ultimately responsible for a choice made under the influence of someone else? If a child makes a decision based on a parent's influence, who takes the blame: the child or the parent? I devoured this book in one night, I immediately fell in love with Zach and Mia. A heart wrenching, powerful read about choices and the infinite powers of love. ...more
Laurent comes across a discarded women's handbag atop a waste basket. His interest is piqued upon discovering itWhat is a possession without a story?
Laurent comes across a discarded women's handbag atop a waste basket. His interest is piqued upon discovering it is still stuffed full, likely stolen from its owner and discarded. Nervously sifting through the purse, the mystery woman's possessions inspire Laurent and captivate him all the same. He sets out to find this woman: wallet and key pieces of identification missing, only the various contents to guide him. Meanwhile, in a hospital room, Laure is recovering from a mugging that left her with a serious head wound. Two complete strangers. Two completely different sides of a shared story: commencing with a handbag. Will the reality of this mystery woman match the fantasy building in Laurent's mind? What would we do if faced with meeting a stranger who knew the intricate possessions we kept hidden in zippered pockets? Fun, quick, sweet read....more
"We all have our time machines, don't we. Those that take us back are memories...those that carry us forward, are dreams." H.G. Wells
Three very differ"We all have our time machines, don't we. Those that take us back are memories...those that carry us forward, are dreams." H.G. Wells
Three very different women find their life stories intertwined: a mother haunted by choices made in her past, a daughter propelled by her dreams of the future, and a crazy, aloof old lady living every moment of her now. Told in varying storylines: past and present, the lives of Gladys, Laurel, and Annie come to fit together in a touching way. Driven by the quest for love and acceptance, their choices drive them down very different paths; however, love, ultimately, brings them all together.
"I believe that coincidences can be powerful...I don't think they're entirely random, nor do I think that they must be acted on. I believe the strange"I believe that coincidences can be powerful...I don't think they're entirely random, nor do I think that they must be acted on. I believe the strangest coincidences are opportunities."
A middle-aged woman faced with the reality of her struggling marriage. A wounded soldier who wakes up in the hospital with little memory of how got there. A court appointed child services worker who fights daily for children who have no one else in their corner. And a little boy...who will capture your heart.
Avis is confronted with the reality of her marriage just as she has decided to take matters into her own hands. Standing there, vulnerable, her husband finally tells her the truth. As she comes to grips with the words coming out of this mouth, images of their marriage, their children, their reality flood her mind. Luis vividly remembers three things: one, he'll never admit to anyone. The other two, the reasons why he remains in the hospital. His battle scars after three tours of duty intertwine with every piece of his being. He can't escape the images of terror that he once faced. Roberta fights daily to research her cases thoroughly enough to make her best recommendation for each child she meets. And then she meets, Bashkim.
Bashkim is quiet, curious and kind. His parents, Albanian immigrants, his father a political refugee, are weary of school procedures and authorities. As a result, Bashkim does what he can to blend in. A seemingly simple assignment to write a letter to a soldier changes everything for Bashkim. The soldier pens a response that leaves Bashkim reeling. His view of the world begins to change...
The story of this courageous little boy becomes thoroughly woven with the stories of four strangers in a tragically beautiful tale.
At one point, each character is faced with the enormity of fate and consequence. How one moment, one misstep, one bad choice can change everything. For some, in positive, life changing ways, for others, in tragically, negative ways. And how, in spite of everything, doing the right thing, being the right thing, doesn't guarantee anything. If you are lucky, if you are allowed the opportunity, you will learn "that so little matters so much, and so much matters so little."...more