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This was a fairly good book, it was a light summer beach read. Back in college, Arden, Anna, Jaime, Beth and Cate were roommates at a private college. Every year, they meet at Arden's family beach house. When Arden passes away, she leaves each woman with $250,000 to live their dream lives. Jamie is a bartender who wants to be a party planner. Cate is an English professor who wants to write a novel. Beth is a school administrator (or something, I wasn't quite clear on what she did) and wants to run a bed and breakfast. Anna is dealing with infertility, but has a talent for making delicious and gorgeous cakes. Beth buys their old college home to turn into a B&B and the rest of the women come to help her. Cate quits her job or is sort of fired, Anna's husband has to work overseas for a bit, and Jamie gets fired. As you can expect, they all decide to live their dreams. I would have given this 5 stars, but a few things were missing or bugged me. One, we got to read sections of Cate's romance novel she decides to write. It's a Regency romance, and I HATE those, especially when they speak Scottish/English in the book (you know, "I canno'" instead of cannot). Luckily, they were in italics, so I could skip over them. Cate's former boyfriend/boss apparently was skimming funds, as the book progresses, she turns him in or something and nothing further is said. Jamie goes from being a bartender to planning a huge society wedding with no training,which seems unrealistic. But overall, I did enjoy the women's friendship and growth. I'll definitely read more by this author.
I loved this book. A group of five college friends get together every summer to reminisce, get caught up on each other's lives and share their hopes and dreams. This summer it is obvious that one of them is very ill. A few months after their time together she dies and shortly after that they receive a letter from her lawyer telling them that they've each inherited $250,000 to restart their careers. This is a fun fantasy to contemplate and the author does a good job of giving each woman a new start and weaving their stories together. Well written and well paced, I enjoyed this book from start to finish.
I generally like the work of this author but this book lacked substance. The was a limited plot line but virtually no character development. Two of the women were so alike I keep mixing them up. Interspersing segments of a Victorian romance with the book did nothing for me. I found it annoying and pointless.
Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2018
Not many college friendships last long after graduation. Five friends who all had the same major and are still close after 10 years is almost unheard of. Great relationships and a funny Fierce story and a wild outcome make for good reading
Ahh if only we could all get second chances to fulfill our dreams by having someone leave us a bunch of money. Nice story of four college friends now older and wiser and out in the world making a go of it (or not). They are given a second chance and learn lessons along the way to help them succeed in their new career choices. A little romance thrown into the mix doesn't hurt either.
I absolutely loved this book! I am more of a light reader and when I read it is to lose myself in a book, the characters and I typically don't read anything that is too dark or deep. If that describes you as well, you will love this book.
The characters were believable and I could easily relate to them. The book itself was well written and all together a fun read. I passed it on to my mom once I was done and she really enjoyed it as well.
I recommend this book especially if you are looking for something to read and lose yourself in. I think you'll love it!