Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: Wait for Rain by Maria Murnane

Wait for Rain
by Maria Murnane

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pages: 281
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Three friends decide to get away for their 40th birthday and celebrate and just spend time together as friends.  Daphne the mainish character has finalized a divorce and is still mourning the loss of the relationship and struggling with moving forward.  With the help of friends and some strangers she interacts with, she learns a lot about herself and makes some big changes in her life.

For the most part I loved the book.  The one thing that happened throughout the book that I didn't love was the constant Daphne in her head and questioning herself and stressing and anxiety.  I understood at the beginning and it showed what was going on in her mind, but I feel like it went on too long and at times it got distracting from the story.  I loved that Daphne was flawed and not perfect, but it just got in the way a few times of the story for me.

I loved the three friends and how they were the same age but at different moments in life and very different people and how Maria Murnane showed that women can be friends and help each other move their lives forward from different points in life.  With what I said above, I would still love more books with these friends and am reviewing another "Daphne White" book tomorrow.  I hope to say tomorrow that I would like more after it as well, come back to find out.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2017 Challenge: 37 out of 50

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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