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Thursday, June 21, 2012
Author: Nichole Bernier
Genre: women's fiction
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (Random House)
Pub. Date: June 5, 2012
How well do you really know your closest friends? That's the question Kate asks herself the year after her friend, Elizabeth, dies in a plane crash and she is given the task of reading through all of Elizabeth's journals. Further enticing her to do so is the fact that in one journal that was left out, her husband read that Elizabeth had been flying to California to spend time with a "Michael". Who is Michael? And what exactly was Elizabeth doing?
Upon reading the journals, however, Kate realizes there were a lot of things about Elizabeth that she didn't know, even down to the thoughts Elizabeth had about her husband, her kids, and her friends. Although she was supposed to be relaxing on vacation, Kate feels both obligated and drawn to finish reading the journals. And when she finishes the journals, she has the task of relaying to Elizabeth's husband the truth of what was going on with Elizabeth.
I've seen some pretty rave reviews for this book, but I have to say that I wasn't as taken by this book as others. One of the main reasons is that I didn't feel I could relate to it. A majority of this book is really about motherhood and the way this changes someone as well as the plans they had for themselves and how this changes after motherhood. I didn't realize this would be such a big part of the storyline, but it certainly isn't a storyline I have any interest in for my own reasons. I couldn't tell if this was something I would have enjoyed more if my circumstances were different or not. Overall, too, the feeling that nagged at me was because this starts out a year after Elizabeth's death, I wasn't able to care much about her character; so I wasn't invested in who Elizabeth was. There was some build up of her character through flash backs and through Kate's memories of situations the journals allude to, but for me it wasn't enough.
There was also a slight tie in about how the world changed after the terrorist attacks on September 11th. Elizabeth's plane crashed the summer before 9/11, so Kate reflects on the fact that Elizabeth's death was sort of forgotten or overruled. And even though they are on an extended vacation, Kate's husband has to take multiple business trips to other countries which causes Kate some anxiety.
So overall, it wasn't the book for me, but there were women's issues in this book that some mothers will certainly relate to.
The publisher sent me a second copy of this book to give away to one lucky winner! To enter just fill out the form below. I'll announce the winner on Saturday the 30th.