When you’re in trouble and sinking fast, whom do you call?
Piper Nelson is stuck. She can’t quite stay away from the husband she divorced. She isn’t always attentive to the high school students she teaches. And even she admits that she’s been drinking too much and seeking out unsuitable men. Piper’s mother, married to a celebrity evangelist, and her sister, who’s immersed in plans to wed a professional football player and star in a reality TV show, are both too self-absorbed to sympathize with Piper’s angst. They tell her to get a grip. But how can Piper ever really recover from the blow she suffered five years ago, when a car accident took the life of her young daughter? When Piper’s ex-husband announces that his new girlfriend is pregnant, Piper is forced to take stock. Realizing that it’s time for a change is one thing, but actually making it happen is quite another. And despite what she thinks, Piper can’t do it alone Lucky for her, a couple of crazy, funny new friends are ready to step in when she needs them most and show her how to live and laugh again.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. First I just want to say home much I love the cover art for this book. I think it’s so gorgeous. Back to the review. This story is great proof that loss and internal struggle doesn’t always have to lead to your ultimate down fall. I wanted to hang out and just give my shoulder for the Piper, main character to lean and cry on. She is very real and raw in her journey to healing. There are some really great laughs along the way. I just can’t get over how great of a job the author does of making the story real and relatable. Tragedy effects everyone differently and it takes a bigger person to be able to realize this. I took away a valuable lesson from this book to embrace whatever it is you’re going through and learn to rebuild your life. This 4 star book is perfect for a book club, xo!
Renee Swindle is the author of Shake Down The Stars (NAL/Penguin) available now. Her first novel, Please Please Please, was published by the Dial Press/Dell. Please Please Please was also published in Germany as Mehr Mehr Mehr and published in Japan. Please Please Please was an Essence Magazine bestseller. Renee Swindle earned her BA from UC Irvine and MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University. She lives in Oakland, California
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