Publisher: Lake Union
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Daphne White is staring down the barrel of forty—and is distraught at what she sees. Her ex-husband is getting remarried, her teenage daughter hardly needs her anymore, and the career she once dreamed about has somehow slipped from her grasp. She’s almost lost sight of the spirited and optimistic young woman she used to be.
As she heads off to a Caribbean island to mark the new decade with her best friends from college, Daphne’s in anything but the mood to celebrate. But when she meets Clay Hanson, a much younger man, she ignores her inner voice warning her that she’s too old for a fling. In fact, this tropical getaway might be the perfect opportunity to picture her future in a new sun-drenched light.
With the help of her friends, Daphne rediscovers her enthusiasm for life, as well as her love for herself—and realizes that her best years are still ahead.
What a fun, feel good read this one was! It was light and easy, ideal for a summer read. I flew through this in a few hours and loved the escape it provided as I followed three woman on an exotic vacation.
What I loved most about this book was how realistic is was. From the conversations between Daphne, KC and Skylar to the situations they found themselves in, everything was so relatable and authentic. The book focuses on their trip as they reunite after not seeing each other for ten years and it was really fun to be a fly on the wall throughout their adventures. Daphne had so many of the same fears that I think many women have, from being scared about getting older to nervousness about dating again after being off the market for years. The dialogue really rang true and I felt like I was eavesdropping on conversations between a tight knit group of friends.
Murnane’s writing style was easy and effortless, but also really funny. As much as I had assumed that the main plot line would focus on Daphne and Clay’s romance, it was really about her finding herself again and embracing who she is with confidence, I love that! I’m excited to read the second book in this series and can totally recommend this one as a perfect beach read.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to the author for my review copy.