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Goodreads Summary: Fly Away Home

Sometimes all you can do is fly away home . . .

When Sylvie Serfer met Richard Woodruff in law school, she had wild curls, wide hips, and lots of opinions. Decades later, Sylvie has remade herself as the ideal politician’s wife—her hair dyed and straightened, her hippie-chick wardrobe replaced by tailored knit suits. At fifty-seven, she ruefully acknowledges that her job is staying twenty pounds thinner than she was in her twenties and tending to her husband, the senator.

Lizzie, the Woodruffs’ younger daughter, is at twenty-four a recovering addict, whose mantra HALT (Hungry? Angry? Lonely? Tired?) helps her keep her life under control. Still, trouble always seems to find her. Her older sister, Diana, an emergency room physician, has everything Lizzie failed to achieve—a husband, a young son, the perfect home—and yet she’s trapped in a loveless marriage. With temptation waiting in one of the ER’s exam rooms, she finds herself craving more.

After Richard’s extramarital affair makes headlines, the three women are drawn into the painful glare of the national spotlight. Once the press conference is over, each is forced to reconsider her life, who she is and who she is meant to be.

Written with an irresistible blend of heartbreak and hilarity, Fly Away Home is an unforgettable story of a mother and two daughters who after a lifetime of distance finally learn to find refuge in one another.

Review: 2 Stars

I found the characters really annoying…too annoying. While I do love books that leave you guessing about the ending, this one left too many answers.

** spoiler alert below** 


Diana and Richard are just selfish, egotistical, hypocritical, and bullies. Like father, like daughter. I didn’t find one redeeming quality about Diana or Richard. I felt both were upset their plans of control didn’t work out and felt alone, not guilty or remorseful. 

With Lizzie’s past no wonder she had all those difficulties…didn’t take a genius to figure that one out. Sylvie just goes along with it all and doesn’t have a flipping backbone in her body. I don’t think she really “loved” Richard, she just got used to that life and didn’t want to start over.

Goodreads Summary: Heat Wave

Unerringly perceptive, superbly written, every page packed with the warmth and compassionate wisdom that have become Nancy Thayer’s trademark, Heat Wave tells the moving story of a woman who, after her seemingly perfect life unravels, must find the strength to live and love again.

Making the startling discovery that her family finances are in dire straits is only the latest shock endured by Carley Winsted after her husband’s sudden death from a heart attack. Resisting her in-laws’ well-meaning overtures to take in Carley and her two daughters, the young widow instead devises a plan to keep her family in their beloved home, a grand historic house on the island of Nantucket.

The solution is right at Carley’s front door: transforming her expensive, expansive house into a bed-and-breakfast. Not everyone, however, thinks this plan prudent or quite respectable—especially not Carley’s mother-in-law. Further complicating a myriad of challenges, a friend forces Carley to keep a secret that, if revealed, will undo families and friendships. 

When her late husband’s former law partner keeps showing up at the most unexpected times, Carley must cope with an array of mixed feelings. And then, during a late-summer heat wave, the lives of Carley and her friends and family will be forever changed in entirely unexpected ways. 

Lyrical, emotional, dramatic, and ultimately wonderfully uplifting, Nancy Thayer’s latest novel is compelling from its first page to its last.

Review: 5 Stars

wow…what an emotional ride. Love how Carley finally came to her senses and admitted she needed loved, support, passion, and happiness too.

**spoiler alert below** 


I think Carley loved Gus, but was never IN passionate love with him. She grieved more for her kids than herself. Now that she has Wyatt, she knows what it means to be in love and have true passion.  

Maude was so selfish and greedy, glad she didn’t always get what she wanted. 

Oh Vanessa, I cried pretty damn hard…sniffles. I was NOT expecting THAT. 

Glad Annabelle and Russell backed off, they truly put TOO much power in their name. I can’t imagine losing a child, while it WAS too much pressure on Gus, they were not responsible for his death. 


Goodreads Summary: Happiness Sold Separately 

Elinor Mackey has always done the right things in the right order — college, law school, career, marriage — but now everything’s going wrong. After two painful years of trying, Elinor has learned that she can’t have children. All the doctors can tell her is that it’s probably because of her age. As she turns forty, she withdraws into an interior world of heartbreak. Elinor’s loving husband, Ted, a successful podiatrist, has always done the right thing, too. Then he meets the wrong woman at the wrong time, and does the wrong thing. Ted’s lover, Gina — a beautiful and kindhearted nutritionist — always eats the right thing, but is unlucky in love and always falls for the wrong men. Soon Ted has to fight to make everything right again. Can Elinor and Ted’s marriage be saved? The answer is alarmingly fresh and unexpected as New York Times bestselling author Lolly Winston introduces us to characters as memorable as those of Anne Tyler and Nick Hornby, but who are indelibly all her own

I am not sure why I am reading this. The thought of reading about a woman struggling to have a child and can’t is just torture for me. I pray that she has a baby or finds happiness and peace. 


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Just Finished Reading… — 10 Comments

  1. Aw, I hate reading a book with a lousy ending! I haven’t read much fiction lately. The last book I finished was Essential Ayurveda, by Shubrah Krishan. Now I’m currently reading Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, by Stephen Cope. I absolutely love reading! We don’t watch television in our home anymore, instead we read books. 🙂

  2. I love your honest feedback 🙂
    I’m currently reading The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai, so far it’s been pretty good. I just started it, so I need to give it some more time. Well, I need to find time…

  3. Aww man, I like Jennifer Weiner’s stuff. That sounds like it could have been an excellent story, too. But now I know to put Heat Wave (awesome title!) on my list, so thanks! 🙂

  4. What wonderful, honest reviews – and I like the spoiler alert warnings. You are making me wish I had some time to read books for myself.. :0)
    ..but then I usually choose technical books – I’m weird like that – ha!
    ~Cool Mom/Christine
    for The Stanley & Katrina Gang

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