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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.The Year We Turned Forty by Liz Fenton, Lisa Steinke
Published by Washington Square Press on April 26, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Women, Humorous, Time Travel, Women's Fiction
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If you could repeat one year of your life, what would you do differently? This heartwarming and hilarious novel from the authors of The Status of All Things and Your Perfect Life features three best friends who get the chance to return to the year they turned forty—the year that altered all of their lives, in ways big and small—and also get the opportunity to change their future.
Jessie loves her son Lucas more than anything, but it tears her up inside that he was conceived in an affair that ended her marriage to a man she still loves, a man who just told her he's getting remarried. This time around, she’s determined to bury the secret of Lucas’ paternity, and to repair the fissures that sent her wandering the first time.
Gabriela regrets that she wasted her most fertile years in hot pursuit of a publishing career. Yes, she’s one of the biggest authors in the world, but maybe what she really wanted to create was a family. With a chance to do it again, she’s focused on convincing her husband, Colin, to give her the baby she desires.
Claire is the only one who has made peace with her past: her twenty-two year old daughter, Emily, is finally on track after the turmoil of adolescence, and she's recently gotten engaged, with the two carat diamond on her finger to prove it. But if she’s being honest, Claire still fantasizes about her own missed opportunities: a chance to bond with her mother before it was too late, and the possibility of preventing her daughter from years of anguish. Plus, there’s the man who got away—the man who may have been her one true love.
But it doesn’t take long for all three women to learn that re-living a life and making different decisions only leads to new problems and consequences—and that the mistakes they made may, in fact, have been the best choices of all…
Before I read The Year We Turned Forty I had a chance to meet Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke at the Tucson Festival of Books. They were so nice and gracious I was nervous going into the read. What if I didn’t like it? I loved them, so I hoped it was good. Oh praise all, it was great! Full of emotion, humor and heart The Year We Turned Forty was a read I sunk into and did not get up till it was finished.
The plot was very unique. Three best friends are given the choice to go back 10 years and relive their 40th year. They all have issues to fix and they may fix them or forever alter their futures. The writing of Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke was very cohesive. Sometimes when there are co-authors the story can get muddied, but not here. They spoke in the same voice consistently. The pacing did have a few issues as it jumped time periods and between narrators, but it did not distract from the overall theme. The world, built also had some minor issues as it moved between the three main characters, but it did not hinder the tale. The emotions were amazing. Deep and moving, I really connected with the women and felt with them. Speaking of the characters they were great. All three were unique and had their own distinct personalities.
I really did enjoy The Year We Turned Forty. Even though it contained one of my hard stop plot lines, adultery, the way it was done fit into the story telling and was not done for shock value. Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke created a read that touched me and moved me. I cannot wait to read another or their works and will keep them on my radar for the future.
Favorite lines – She’d confused his contentment for complacency. And later, she’d harshly chided herself for her selfishness. But lately, she’d come to the conclusion that the way it had played out before may have been part of the journey she was meant to endure. That maybe the only way people could know how much they loved something was to be faced with a chance they might lose it. It didn’t mean you should live in constant fear, but rather it should serve as a reminder that love should never be squandered.
Biggest cliché – If only I could change the past…
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge