I love Kristin Hannah's books but this wasn't my favorite. It was kind of slow and predictable. I enjoyed the story line but I could easily read a chapter and put the book down to do something else. I did, however, envy the main characters life ~~ has a husband who loves her and is faithful, lives in a beautiful home, no need to work outside the home due to no monetary worries! I had a hard time feeling her "pain".
I love Kristan Hannah, and this is one of her best!
3.5 out of 5 stars - "We're all afraid. It's the going on that matters."
This novel highlights the pain of unfulfilled dreams. It is better to try and fail than to never give yourself the chance to find out.
An empty nester with an ambitious husband wonders who she is and decides to take some time to find out of there is anything left of the girl she once was or if she has sublimated everything in her devotion to her marriage and family.
I would have rated this higher if it had not had a too pat, fairy tale ending
Elizabeth and Jackson Shore married young, raised two daughters, and weathered the storms of youth as they built a family. From a distance, their lives look picture perfect. But after the girls leave home, Jack and Elizabeth quietly drift apart. When Jack accepts a wonderful new job, Elizabeth puts her own needs aside to follow him across the country.
Then tragedy turns Elizabeth's world upside down. In the aftermath, she questions everything about her life--her choices, her marriage, even her long-forgotten dreams. In a daring move that shocks her husband, friends, and daughters, she lets go of the woman she has become--and reaches out for the woman she wants to be.
This is not one of Kristin Hannah's better books. The characters were interesting but the plot was slow in the beginning and dragged in places. I thought the 2nd half was poorly written and a bit confusing. I felt Jack should have told Elizabeth about his cheating during the separation. Other than that, the book did have some good parts but too few to really mention. I look forward to my next Hannah book because it's gotta be better than this one.
I enjoyed this book. Following the couple through their trials seemed real. Likely the same issues had by many others. I appreciated the final outcome.
Good, solid story. Interesting characters. Liked it well enough, although some of her other works were more interesting for me.
Loved this story. The transition from being a Mom and your family being the number 1 priority in your life to finding yourself and your passion once the children are grown was really something I could identify with. I worked through alot of my own emotions and feelings throughout this book and hugged it at the end. (which means it was an amazing book)
This touching story is about a couple going through the difficulties of empty nest syndrome after being married for many years. Elizabeth has put her dreams on hold for her husband, Jackson, a football player who has struggled in his career and caused them to relocate many times. Elizabeth loves her girls and has always been the "glue" that kept the family together. Circumstances cause Elizabeth to reevaluate her life choices and she begins her journey of personal growth. I was emotionally involved with the family's struggles and really enjoyed reading this earlier Kristin Hannah novel.
This is one of the best I've read; it is a great story line yet personal and meaningful. Deep insight by the author allows each reader to pull from it their own insights. Most of all, it keeps moving just fast enough that you don't want to put it down yet never makes you feel as though you are being rushed.
I recommend that everyone read it, if only to see how one person with courage and confidence chooses to face their life.