I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley. Genevieve "Viv" is a wedding celebrant whose marriage of 19 years crumbles when she discoversI received a free copy of this book from Net Galley. Genevieve "Viv" is a wedding celebrant whose marriage of 19 years crumbles when she discovers he's had an affair and a gambling problem. She immediately kicks him to the curb, and clings to her best friend, Tom, and her 3 sisters. She becomes disillusioned about love and marriages, but decides to follow-through on the 10 weddings that were already on her schedule.
This book was filled with lots of interesting characters! And Viv gets into a lot of uncomfortably, funny situations. I loved the interaction of Viv and her sisters, and meeting the brides/grooms of the weddings she was officiating added a lot of fun to the book.
Each of her sisters supported in her their own unique ways, and (view spoiler)[when one of her sisters falls ill, she has to learn that things could be a lot worse than her marriage falling apart (hide spoiler)]. These five women have to support each other through more than just Viv's break-up, and they do it with lots of laughter and support. Makes you wish you were a part of such a close sisterhood.
Peter, Viv's husband, tries desperately to get back together with her. He makes some changes in his life and is a pretty regular character in the book. And then there is Tom, her very best friend. He leaves for London, shortly after the break-up, which Viv doesn't take too well. She misses her best friend quite a bit - especially when he doesn't reply to her emails and phone calls.
Fearing that she's lost him, too, she also meets/dates a couple of other men in book. With everything else going on, she suddenly has several men wooing her, including Tom, who has professed his love to her via email.
I'm not sure which of the men I wanted her to end up with, if any, but I was a little disappointed in the ending. (view spoiler)[When Tom came back from his work trip, it turns out he has been at a fitness/health retreat, where he had lost a lot of weight and got really fit. While she had probably been in love with him for awhile without knowing it, it seemed a little cheap to the reader to have her recognize her feelings for him only after he had changed his physical appearance so much. The first night of his return found them in bed together and then it was no turning back. She immediately decided no other guy was for her. It just seemed too sudden for me. (hide spoiler)]
I thought there was a bit too much men-bashing in the first half of the book, but as Viv starts to forgive Peter a little and move on to finding love elsewhere, the men-bashing does lessen a lot.
I would recommend this book to someone looking for a light, fun read....more
I enjoyed this book! Cheryl did a great job describing the PCT, her adventures on it, and what led her to it.
It was interesting to learn about her,I enjoyed this book! Cheryl did a great job describing the PCT, her adventures on it, and what led her to it.
It was interesting to learn about her, and the experiences she had that led her to the PCT. The mistakes she'd made. The hurt she'd felt. Glimpses into her family and pre-PCT life.
I loved meeting the people (most of them) that she met along her journey. I loved hearing their stories, and the break in solitude and monotony that they provided her.
Above all, I felt like I was out there with her. I could see the desert and trees and the snow. I felt scared when she did. And even when she didn't. I often anticipated the worst during certain situations, and felt relief when my worst fears didn't come to fruition.
It did make me think about how I'd respond if I saw a bear or a rattlesnake. Would I be as brave as Cheryl? Would I be able to survive on little money? On being so alone? I couldn't help but wonder what I would think about if I were doing a long distance hike all by myself.
After spending 1100 miles with Cheryl on the trail, I didn't want it to end. All along, I knew eventually she would reach her destination, but when she did, I wanted more. I wasn't quite ready to say good-bye. To Cheryl or to the trail....more