I Thought You Said This Would Work by Ann Wertz Garvin
.ePUB, 271 pages
Expected Publication: May 1st 2021 by Lake Union Publishing
About the Book:
Widowed Samantha Arias hasn’t spoken to Holly Dunfee in forever. It’s for the best. Samantha prefers to avoid conflict. The blisteringly honest Holly craves it. What they still have in common puts them both back on speed dial: a mutual love for Katie, their best friend of twenty-five years, now hospitalized with cancer and needing one little errand from her old college roomies. It’s simple: travel cross-country together, steal her loathsome ex-husband’s VW camper, find Katie’s diabetic Great Pyrenees at a Utah rescue, and drive him back home to Wisconsin. If it’ll make Katie happy, no favor is too big (one hundred pounds), too daunting (two thousand miles), or too illegal (ish), even when a boho D-list celebrity hitches a ride and drives the road trip in fresh directions. Samantha and Holly are following every new turn—toward second chances, unexpected romance, and self-discovery—and finally blowing the dust off the secret that broke their friendship. On the open road, they’ll try to put it back together—for themselves, and especially for the love of Katie.
This story was such a refreshing read. It was funny, sad, joyous and sentimental. It deals with some hard hitting subjects like homophobia, cancer, growing old and divorce. It always deals with friendship, romance and meeting new people who add something to your life.
I really liked how the author got her point across with it not being too saccharin or banging you over the head with a lesson to be learned. I felt connected to the characters and was so glad to read about older women, like myself, who are strong, independant and there for each other. They have each other's back and learn not to be bitchy to each other. It is a relatable story and one that has some pretty cute animals in it too. What's not to love?
Thank you NetGalley, Ann Wertz Garvin and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.
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