Written By: Allison Winn Scotch
Published By: Camellia, November 12, 2013
Length: 306 pages
What happens when you think you have it all, and then suddenly it’s taken away?
Willa Chandler-Golden’s father changed the world with his self-help bestseller, Is It Really Your Choice? Why Your Entire Life May Be Out of Your Control. Millions of devoted fans now find solace in his notion that everything happens for a reason. Though Willa isn’t entirely convinced of her father’s theories, she readily admits that the universe has delivered her a solid life: a reliable husband, a fast-paced career. Sure there are hiccups – negative pregnancy tests, embattled siblings – but this is what the universe has brought, and life, if she doesn’t think about it too much, is wonderful.
Then her (evidently not-so-reliable) husband proposes this: A two-month break. Two months to see if they can’t live their lives without each other. And before Willa can sort out destiny and fate and what it all means, she’s axed from her job, her 12 year-old nephew Nicky moves in, her ex-boyfriend finds her on Facebook, and her best friend Vanessa lands a gig writing for Dare You!, the hottest new reality TV show. And then Vanessa lures Willa into dares of her own – dares that run counter to her father’s theories of fate, dares that might change everything…but only if Willa is brave enough to stop listening to the universe and instead aim for the stars.(goodreads)
Willa is a woman who is stuck, stuck with a real name of William, stuck in a marriage where no one is really happy and afraid of going after what she wants.
It took me a while to get into this book, and I was worried as I’ve enjoyed so much of Allison Winn Scotch’s previous works. I was relieved that as I began to see the changes in Willa the story picked up for me and I was cheering for her all along. I believe this book may have been best suited for a younger reader, alas the reality that I don’t relate to younger women as well now. I did enjoy her proving her own theories about life and choices!
I recommend this book to fans of women’s fiction and if you’ve enjoyed the author’s previous works. This is a new adventure for Ms. Scotch. She’s independently published this book to gain her control. You can research and learn more of her journey…it’s quite impressive. Visit Allison’s website to learn more.