Sunday 19 March 2017

Book ~ "Bridges: A Daphne White Novel" (2017) Maria Murnane

From Goodreads ~ It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan - Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it.

Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own - the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that becomes trickier when she sees Skylar’s spectacular apartment. Could her life have been like this if she’d chosen a different path?

What Daphne doesn’t know is she’s not the only one with a secret. Skylar and their friend, KC, are also holding something back but what? As the trip unfolds, the truth about each woman emerges, along with tears.

And laughter. And love.

Daphne had gotten together with her two best friends from college, Skylar and KC, last year on a Caribbean island to celebrate her fortieth birthday.  Skylar has recently gotten engaged (something she said she'd never do) and wants Daphne and KC to come to New York to celebrate for a long weekend.

In college, Daphne had had dreams of being a successful journalist but ended up devoting her life to being a wife (she's now divorced) and mom and working part-time in a flower shop.  In the last year, she gotten back her writing passion and has written a novel.  She sent it to 36 agents and the rejection emails have been coming in.  Her feelings of frustration and lack of confidence intensify when she stays at Skylar's new apartment and sees how successful Skylar is and perhaps how successful she could have been.

This is the third book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it ... it was a fun book.  I liked the storyline and the writing style.  It's written in third person perspective.  I like Daphne, Skylar and KC.  They each had very different personalities and lives but were able to joke and poke fun at each other ... and are there for each other when it matters.  Though we met the three friends during their vacation "last year" in Wait for the Rain, you don't have to read that book to read this one as it works as a stand alone.

I look forward to reading other books by this author.

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