Author: Maria Murnane
Series: Daphne White #1
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
A refreshing look at turning forty when life hasn’t gone as planned.
Daphne White has not lived the life she planned. She graduated with honors from Northwestern University in journalism and was ready to set the world on fire while winning a Pulitzer in the process. Then she met Brian, slight sidetrack in plans but she was in love. A few short months later brought a new daughter, Emma into her life. Then she made the decision to be a stay at home mom and put her dreams on hold. Fifteen years later, she and Brian grew apart and are divorced. He is getting remarried, but she is stuck in a rut. So when her two college friends suggest a girls getaway to the island of St. Mirika for Daphne’s fortieth birthday, she hopes the trip can help her put some perspective into her life. But will being around old friends help her or make her feel worse compared to their accomplishments?
I wasn’t sure how this story was going to play out, but it is was really enjoyable. It centers around Daphne turning forty and feeling like a failure in her marriage and missing out professionally. With the help of her workaholic friend Skylar and her super fit energetic friend KC, Daphne discovers how to move forward with her life. She even manages to have her first date, maybe even a little more if you want to read to find out. I’m sure many people feel the way that Daphne does and reading this book may help them put their life in perspective as well.
There is some mild language and some implied sex, but nothing graphic. I recommend this book to those who love a good coming of older age story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.