Friday, May 13, 2016

Review - The Year We Turned Forty by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

BLURB
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…


MY REVIEW 
Hands down this is one of my favorite books of 2016!  I can't praise it enough!  Liz and Lisa have developed such amazing characters and the plots with each are so richly detailed and displayed.
As I get older, 37 as of today actually, I find myself wondering, "What would I do differently if I could go back to say my twenties and live one year again".  Would I do it?  Honestly, I don't think I would.  Yes I am sure that there are pieces I would like to change, but go through all those emotional situations again, I'm good I think.  LOL
These three best friends have amazing relationships and have really been through some trials together.  The year they turned 40 was big for them.Now the real question is, at the age of 50, should they return to when they turned 40 and try and reverse their mistakes?
Jessie mad a grave mistake that could ruin her marriage and distance her children from her for years to come...Will she be alone or save her marriage?
Gabriela has been so focused on her career that she has forgotten about having children and the joy that could bring to her and Collin's life...Is is too late?
Claire has been a single mom since well forever.  She has raised Emily alone practically all of her life and Emily has the attitude to show for her mother giving in to her every whim.  What will become of their relationship?
So many questions and a year to live over again...Will 12 months be enough time to change each of their lives for the better or will returning to the past change the course of all their futures? 
And at the end, they will have to decide if they all want to stay in the past and continue forward or go back to where they had came from in the future?  It's all or nothing...What would you do?

WINE SELECTION 
I found the perfect wine to with their questionable behavior...Scandelicious brought to you by Passion Feet Wine Barn at Three Brothers Wineries and Estates.
Complex and daring. "Deep, bold, sultry flavors so delicious, they're shameful. An illicit wine that beckons to be enjoyed with abandon. The neighbors would talk...if they only knew".
RATING (3-5 Wine Glasses)
5 Wine Glasses  - Amazing, couldn't put it down!