Author: Annette Lyon
Published: August 2012
Genre: general fiction
Paperback: 238 pages
FTC FYI: Review copy, which did not affect my review
Reviewed by Mindy
Backcover Summary: After a bitter divorce from her unfaithful husband, Paige moves from Utah to California with her two little boys and vows to make a fresh start. She finds a job at a dental practice that helps her get back on her feet, but it’s the friends she makes at her new book club who help her realize how strong she is and who give her support to carry on as she faces the challenges of being a single mom. She also meets Derryl, a wonderful, kind, attentive man who treats her right–something her ex never did. Yet, Paige struggles to figure out who she is a s woman rather than a wife, how to help her boys adjust to a broken home, and whether she can ever trust a man or love again. As Paige leans on the book club ladies and Derryl’s ever present care, one thing becomes clear: healing from the past requires more than a change of address.
Paige is another strong offering from Annette Lyon and for The Newport Ladies Book Club. From Olivia, and Daisy I was able to catch a glimpse of the woman that Paige was, and I really liked her then. Reading her own story made me appreciate her even more, and also the other ladies through Paige’s eyes. At the first book club meeting there is always the first impressions of each character. I love going back to those meetings through a different character’s view point, to see what she thought of someone that first night, and after that. It shows each of their journeys, and it helps me appreciate each character more.
Paige was hesitant to go to book club. One of my favorite quotes from her is on page 20:
For years, I’d pretty much lived in the bubble of being Doug’s wife. I hadn’t met any new friend in–I couldn’t remember how long. Since the divorce, I’d turned that bubble into a cocoon. And here I was, forcing myself out of it. Meeting new people would be good for me. I knew this on an intellectual level; however, emotionally, the idea made me want to drive right back home.
Each of the ladies from the book club came to book club for different reasons, but they seem to have one in common, to find a friend.
There are some fun things that happen to Paige, some sad, and heart wrenching. Christmas was hard for her. I was able to really see what a loving character she was during the times with her sons. She’s a great mom, and Paige finds she may need to make some difficult choices.
4 out of 5 stars. Annette is an amazing writer. She recently wrote a blog post about the series, and how each author would write their characters, or how the others gals would write it for them. I laughed a lot. Check it out. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, her blog, and The Newport Ladies Book Club. The next book in the series is Athena by Heather Moore. It comes out in November.