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It’s a surprising second act for two women who decide to rewrite their lives in this enriching novel of friendship and starting over from the bestselling author of Only One Life.

After thirty years, college friends Lena Browder and Olivia Westcoat have met again by chance at an unexpected crossroads: an airport lounge in Atlanta. Lena is running away from home and her deman
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Larry H
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book was so warm and sweet, it charmed me completely. You can't beat a book that does that!

Have you ever thought of running away from home? (As an adult, I mean.) Was there ever a time when you thought, if only I could leave all of this behind and just take off for someplace else and start over? Sure, it may have seemed impossible to fathom given everything that would need to be done before you could actually run away, but did the thought make you feel better, even for a split second?

When L
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Tammy(PeaceLoveBooks)
Who hasn't wanted to run away from life at one point? I know I have. Life on Loan is the story of two old college friends. A chance meeting at an airport as both women are at a crossroads in their lives changes them forever. Ashley Farley has a way of writing characters that feel like old friends. Loved Life on Loan!
Warda
Thank you to BookSparks for sending me a copy of this book as part of their #HittheBookClub Fall campaign.
Jypsy
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Kate Rock Book Tours and NetGalley for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Life on Loan
By: Ashley Farley

*REVIEW* ❤❤❤❤.5
As a forty something woman with kids and a husband, I have thought more than once about going away to anywhere but here. Life on Loan resonated with me. It also reminded me of a movie I love, The Holiday. Lena and Olivia need a break, so they take one. A thirty day house swap for a time out sounds awesome. During thi
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Melissa Borsey
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
An inspirational and heartwarming story about two college friends who reconnect during a time in their lives when they are both at a crossroads and looking to make drastic changes in their lives. It leads them both to quite different adventures. I enjoyed this book alot and thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Bambi Rathman
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was a little girl, sometimes I wanted to "run away" and find an escape from what was miserable in my life. I thought there was going to be something better somewhere else. Lena and Olivia are in lives that have pushed them to that point. Escape and find some breathing space to figure out what happened to themselves, find out who they really are, and leave those miserable lives for even a little while. The two former college friends unexpectedly run into each other in the airport and recon ...more
Nursebookie
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lena Browder and Olivia Westcoat have a chance encounter after thirty years in an airport lounge in Atlanta while both are trying to run away from their frustrating lives. Lena from her loveless marriage and demanding family, while Olivia from demanding clients that are taking over her life in the wrong direction while also dealing with a very painful divorce. They trade houses for a month. Lena will stay in Olivia’s Charleston condo, and Olivia’s in Lena’s river cottage in the Northern Neck of ...more
ReadingGirlReviews (Gina)
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogtour
Apparently I have been living under a rock somewhere because this is my first Ashley Farley novel, and it appears she already has written a few and has quite the following.  Thankfully, I’ve come out from under the rock and was given the opportunity to read Ashley’s newest book Life on Loan.

This story is about two women who knew each other 30 years ago in college and random circumstances reunite them at the Airport.  As they reconnect, they rekindle their friendship and start to confide in each
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I loved this book, actually I think I have loved everything this author has written. It is about women, not always young ones, that have struggles they must work through and overcome to become better versions of themselves.

How lucky was Lena and Olivia to run into each other at the airport? Very lucky that's for sure! That chance reconnection kicked off swapping homes and finding out who they are and who they want to become in this life.

When the first book opens on Lena and her life, I have to
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Debbie
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
As the title hints, two women decide to find themselves by switching homes for a month. Lena will stay in Olivia's Charleston condo and Olivia will stay in Lena's isolated river cottage. Both are having a break from family, children, marital issues and their careers to try and remember what it is they truly love.

While this one was clearly just a little too serendipitous in places to be believable, I absolutely enjoyed every part of it. It was funny, it had romance and family drama and it was a
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Diane
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Life on Loan by Ashley Farley is a fabulous and encouraging story about two women who decide to change the direction of their lives! Two college friends unexpectedly meet in the Atlanta airport thirty years later and on a whim decide to swap homes for a month.
Lena Browder has reached her limit with being a doormat for her family. She has lost herself over the years and has decided to run away for a month. Lena grabs her old camera before she leaves her house in hopes of rekindling her interest
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Annette
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2019
A story about two women who knew each other in college and reconnect years later. This was a lovely story with great characters. It quickly sucked me in and kept my interest to the very end. I really enjoyed the story! Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union for the early copy
Bridget
If your favoured reading material is a novel with a good sprinkling of self-discovery, identity, sisterhood, romance, rekindling old friendship and second chances, then feel free to read this great, new book by Ashley Farley - Life on Loan.

Lena Browder and Olivia Westcoat met thirty years ago when were College students. They bump into each other at an airport lounge in Atlanta. Lena is running away from home and her demanding family and Olivia is trying to move on after a painful divorce. As the
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Donna Hines
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
The minute I seen this on NetGalley I jumped at the chance to "read now."
You often don't get 2nd chances to do anything in this day and age and I knew if you snooze you loose.
I couldn't risk this being depleted to other bloggers without being given a chance to read an author I've admired for her courage, her tenacity, her strength to overcome loss.
Saving Ben is one of her works I've not read but heard plenty of reviews and want to read desperately.
In this case Life on Loan is about women, for wo
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Jen
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Have you ever felt like running away and just starting fresh? That’s exactly what the two women in 𝐋𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐋𝐨𝐚𝐧 do. Lena and Olivia are fed up with where their life is and desperate for change. Reaching a breaking point, they trade houses for a month to reset. ⁣

I really enjoyed this novel of second chances! Following the women and their journey was inspiring and refreshing. The setting details were extraordinary and added an extra layer to the story. The story is character driven and completely
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Kate Rock
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think many of us have wanted to or thought about leaving it all behind and starting over. This book is rich in relationships, friendships, struggles, and joys. I found it so relatable to my own life and could empathize with the characters on many levels. Ashley Farley writes about relationships so well that you find yourself immersed in her stories and Life on Loan is no different. Friendships and mother/daughter relationships to second chances at love are all here with some surprises that wil ...more
Anne-Marie
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a kindle advanced readers copy from NetGalley which is greatly appreciated!
Absolutely loved this story from Ashley Farley. The book was easy reading the pages just flowed and I lost time in Lena and Olivia's lives...
After reading a book by Ashley Farley I always say to myself that has to be the best one...until she writes the next one. Ashley's writing actually makes you feel like you are part of the story...watching it from the sidelines unfolding before your eyes...
As other readers
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Amy
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Have you ever just wanted to run away from your life and start over?
This is a story about two women, Lena and Olivia who decide to run away. Both women redo their lives by going out of their comfort zones to find themselves. I got totally lost in the lives of these two women and didn’t want to put the book down once I started reading.
Reading this book made me realize how much women really do for their families. How we put everyone else’s needs ahead of our own. I could definitely relate to Len
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Jeanne Maliner
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ashley Farley does it again. A masterpiece. This novel is fantastic. One gets lost in the lives of the two major characters. One feels their sadness, their joy, the wonder of their journey and the agony of being invisible. The plot is unique. Two women who met in college, meet in an airport in Atlanta, and instead of leaving the South for California and Seattle, they swap houses, a vacation home in Virginia for one and a Condo in Charleston for the other. The descriptions of both places are fill ...more
Sandy
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story and the characters! It takes courage to step outside your comfort zone and make changes when life throws you curve balls. I really admired these two women for all the struggles they had faced and the desire to run away from a ton of stress, take a big breath, and figure out how to make it all better. Almost like a grown up fairy tale for me. I could even relate to the 90 year old lady in the book! Beautiful settings in Charleston, SC and the Northern Neck of Virginia and chara ...more
Dana
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copies
I couldn't help but love the premise of Life On Loan. The idea of trading places for an entire month sounds pretty tempting to me. A complete change of everything. Where do I sign up? I for one would be all over a country setting, give me those secluded spaces, the nature ...

Now most of you know I am definitely NOT a fan of romance. I tend to avoid storylines that give me a toothache. This one worked for me though, it was fresh and fun. I really liked Olivia & Lena and enjoyed their alternating
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Kathleen
Ashley Farley is one of my favourite authors. Her southern fiction novels have beautiful writing, interesting and believable plots and characters that "walk off the page".
I highly recommend LIFE ON LOAN. Two former college friends meet at the airport and feeling frustrated with the life they have been living decide to run away. They exchange keys and plan to try escaping into a new life for a month.
5 fresh new stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
J
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from NetGalley to write an honest review. The story is about Lena and Olivia and the day their lives got turned upside down and they decided to reclaim their lives. They had met in college and met again in an airport the day they decided to run away from home. This book just screams, read me! because most women at some time wish they could just run away and take a break and realize that at some point of getting to where they are today, they lost who they were along the way. Yea ...more
Beth
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life on Loan by Ashley Farley


An accidental meeting of two former college friends in an airport lobby leads to a spontaneous
decision ….that they should trade houses for a month.

Both women, Lena Browder and Olivia Wescoat are running away from their current lives. Lena is running from her emotionally abusive husband and daughter and Olivia is fleeing from a divorce. Olivia goes to Lena’s country cottage and Lena goes to Olivia’s Charleston condo. Can they find their lives again in only a month? Ca
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Deborah Blanchard
I absolutely loved this book! Ashley Farley has a way of capturing your heart and transporting you into the pages. There are three main characters, Lena, Olivia and Alistair, along with several secondary characters. This book alternates chapters between the three main characters. This is a book about finding your way to happiness in your fifties. It is about love, friendship and family. The characters are meticulously crafted and I quite simply loved them all. This book drew me in from the very ...more
Jan
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Life on Loan by Ashley Farley

Have you ever wanted to “just leave it all behind”? Have you ever wanted to recreate yourself and just start over? In Ashley Farley’s Life on Loan two women get to do just that? Start over.
After a chance encounter in an airport lounge Lena and Olivia exchange homes for a month and have the opportunity to start fresh. Ashley Farley takes them both through many adventures and presents them with new opportunities.
I have read most every book that Ms. Farley has written
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Diana Brown
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for this copy of Life on loan by Ashley Farley. Everyone has wanted to runaway from their life once, to change things, to start anew. This is what happens when two university friends, Lena, a wife with a demanding husband and a daughter who suddenly returns home, and Olivia, a blogger, who hates the direction her blog has gone, meet up at an airport, reconnect after thirty years, decide to switch houses for a month in order to rediscover their lives. ...more
Suzanne
Sorry to say I found this book to be a bit disappointing. I've read several other books by Ms. Farley, found them easy to read and enjoyable. Initially, I was experiencing "Life on Loan" the same way, but somewhere two struggling women turned into two women who had all their dreams fulfilled in a few months. If this wasn't just a romantic pipe dream, I'd go find a down and out friend to exchange homes with for a few months. I might have liked it better if one of the women (it doesn't matter whic ...more
Shannon (The Book Club Mom)
Feeling overwhelmed? Need an escape? If so, Life on Loan by Ashley Farley is the perfect book for you. Life has taken an unexpected turn for two college friends, Lena and Olivia. They both need a life reset, so off to the airport they go! The women accidentally run into each other in an airline lounge, share stories and agree to swap houses for a month. The new beginning starts here. This novel really warmed my heart. Both women are a tad older than me and in different phases of life, but Farley ...more
Jennie  Veazey
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever just felt like running away, even for just a little while? Life On Loan gives us a glimpse into the lives of two women who do just that! They actually swap addresses/locations to get a much needed break from life! What they find is life can be complicated in many different ways, and they both find a new sense of self they lost so long ago. This was such a joy to read and I loved it! I highly recommend this book!
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Ashley Farley writes books about women for women. Her characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives facing real-life issues. Her bestselling Sweeney Sisters series has touched the lives of many.

Ashley is a wife and mother of two young adult children. While she's lived in Richmond, Virginia for the past 21 years, a piece of her heart remains in the salty marshes of the
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