Friday, December 11, 2020

Review: Vacation by Jane Green

by Jane Green

Publisher: Kensington Books
Pages: 325
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Just when she’d sworn off men for good, Sarah Evans met Eddie. Sarah was a magazine editor, living in Manhattan, and loving her life—except for the heartbreaks. A successful real estate developer, Eddie was a breath of fresh air, a meeting of minds—and bodies. Soon came wedded bliss, baby number one—and the proverbial move to the suburbs . . 
You just sit there like a slob while I do all the work. Nine years later, this is increasingly what goes through Sarah’s mind when she looks at Evan, propped in front of the TV with a beer, ignoring their two children. The truth is, she misses her old life. She misses the old Eddie. She can’t help wondering if she’d be happier alone . . .
When Eddie’s job sends him to Chicago indefinitely, Sarah shocks him by suggesting a trial separation. But she knows it’s just a precursor to divorce—even if Eddie chooses to think of it as a “vacation.” Yet a lot can change—on both sides—as time goes by. And once Christmas arrives, Sarah and Eddie might re-discover gifts they’d forgotten they had . . .

Kritters Thoughts:  An interesting story that takes place right before the holidays as a couple takes a break from each other to see if a permanent break is best for them and their family or if they can take the "vacation" and remember what they love most about each other.

Sarah and Eddie had the perfect relationship with love and laughter at the center.  With kids and jobs and the crazy of family life, they have grown apart and aren't making the effort to work daily on their marriage and their relationship.  I love how this separation came about and was easy for them to call it temporary and see if it would eventually become permanent.  I appreciated the journey as both characters made changes to potentially be better in the relationship.  

This book isn't a typical holiday book and I wouldn't put it on your must read during the holiday season.  The Christmas holiday is where the book concludes, but doesn't play a large role in the book itself.  It can be read all year round, but it is a nice short and sweet book to read in the middle of those larger heftier reads.  

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

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 125 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley  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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