Monday, February 20, 2012
"The Robbins household looks perfect from the outside: no dust, no stains, no wrinkles. Yet a glimpse into its heart reveals no laughter, no closeness, no joy. Olivia thinks that if she keeps everything tidy and serves delicious meals on time, family life is bound to get better. But when her husband, Nick, misses their anniversary, she realizes no amount of domestic success will compensate for failure in their marriage, or for her own failure to develop her identity-always busy as a mother, wife, and neighbor, she has forgotten how to be a unique and vibrant individual. determined to make a change, Olivia joins a local book club, where she nurtures new friendships and explores new ideas. But her growing confidence falters when Nick declares his independence-and while her new friends lovingly encircle her with support, only Olivia can reach into the depths of her fledgling self to find the faith, hope and love her troubled family needs."
This is the first book in The Newport Ladies Book Club Series. It was beautifully written and had me feeling an emotional pull towards the main character Olivia. This book taught me not to be afraid to communicate, not just with a spouse, but with friends, or family. People tend to build up frustration and heartache when no one communicates and it may turn into something worse....like Divorce. Don't be afraid to listen to that small voice, telling you to call or make a visit to someone you think is doing fine, when in all reality they may have lost a loved one, or they are a single mother of 2 and money is tight. You could be that persons strength and support. Be the Wise Man who built his house upon the rock, even if you started out being the Foolish Man who built his house upon the sand. Julie Wright did a fantastic job making this story come to life and reel you in page by page.
The next book in this series will be "Daisy" which is written by another Author Josi Kilpack. All the books (4) total are all written by a different Author, but all the characters in the books are in a book club and become friends. So you see Olivia's point of view and her home life and what her thoughts are on Daisy, Paige, and Athena, while in the next book it takes in Daisy's life and her thoughts......and so on and so forth. Brilliant Idea! Make sure you go and get Olivia today!