One of the perks of my job is that I get to interview a lot of authors. This means I also get to read a lot of books—and actually get paid for it! (Yes, it IS a sweet gig.) Several years ago I interviewed author Laura Jensen Walker; a few months back she sent me a copy of her latest book, Turning the Paige.
I’m considering legal action. Clearly the author had my house bugged—the conversations between Paige and her mother were all too familiar. But I’m getting ahead of myself…let me back up and get you into the story.
Paige is thirty-five, working a temp job, and still not dating three years after her divorce. The one really positive thing in her life is her book club—a diverse group of women who not only read and discuss books, they actually go on book-inspired adventures. (Note: I really want to belong to this book club. If they start a chapter in McKinney, TX, I am SO there.)
Paige’s mother is . . . typical. I can say this with confidence, not only from personal experience but from the reaction of a couple of friends. I passed on the book to one while they were visiting my house; she read the first page, then read it again—aloud—to her roommate, whose response was, “Didn’t we just have that conversation with your mother yesterday?”
Seriously, the relationship between Paige and her mother was so true to life it was almost painful to read at times, but this story is definitely worth the twinges. It has a happy ending, OK? (If you’re like me, you want to know that up front.) Even better, it’s part of a series about the various members of the Getaway Girls Book Club. Read Turning the Paige and―if you dare―give a copy to your mother.