Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Review: Time Flies by Claire Cook

Time Flies by Claire Cook
Touchtone
June 2013
Format: e-book, 320 pages
Source: Publisher via Netgalley


TWO BEST FRIENDS, A HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, AND A ROLLICKING ROAD TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

Years ago, Melanie followed her husband, Kurt, from the New England beach town where their two young sons were thriving to the suburbs of Atlanta. She’s carved out a life as a successful metal sculptor, but when Kurt leaves her for another woman, having the tools to cut up their marriage bed is small consolation. She’s old enough to know that high school reunions are often a big disappointment, but when her best friend makes her buy a ticket and an old flame gets in touch to see if she’ll be going, she fantasizes that returning to her past might help her find her future . . . until her highway driving phobia resurfaces and threatens to hold her back from the adventure of a lifetime.

Time Flies is an epic trip filled with fun, heartbreak, and friendship that explores what it takes to conquer your worst fears . . . so you can start living your future.

My thoughts: Summer always mean a new Claire Cook book and this year's new book was certainly a fun read. It's a funny, witty, cute read with some really touching, heartwarming moments thrown in. 

Melanie, trying to settle into single life after her husband leaves her, is being hounded by her best friend to attend her high school reunion. We are never told what year the reunion is, but you can guess that it's more than the five or ten year. I think not telling us ages or what year the reunion actually is for adds to the storyline. Does it really matter if it's the 20 or 25 year reunion - the reaction to getting that invitation is still the same...anticipation coupled with dread, a reaction, incidentally, I am dealing with myself as I get ready for my 20 year reunion! Where does time go?

I loved the relationship between Claire and her bff, B.J. B.J. is a straight-shooter, telling you how it is. She's loyal to a fault and always there for Claire, but she also doesn't put up with Claire's nonsense and gives her the push she needs to put the past behind.

As is typical in a Claire Cook book, she takes us into a unique career - in this case, metal sculpting. I really loved hearing about the creations that Mel creates and I only wish that this book came with pictures - I would have loved to see her finished pieces!

Claire Cook does a great job of creating characters you can relate to and Melanie is certainly someone we can all relate to at some point. How many of us have let the past shape our lives? It's easy to celebrate with Melanie as she learns to accept what her life is and even learn to flaunt it.

Have you attended any of your high school reunions? Was it with excitement or dread?

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6 comments

  1. We have our 20th reunion coming up this year. I'm going so we'll. Our 10th was fun.

    I love the cover on this one.

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    1. I'm still on the fence as to whether I'm going to my 20.

      Yes, isn't the cover great?

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  2. I like Claire Cook's novels - so much fun. I went to the first couple of reunions but had schedule conflict with others. I was kind of ambivalent about going but ended up having a decent time.

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    1. I have yet to go a reunion, and am debating whether I want to go to my 20th...luckily I still have some time to decide.

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  3. Never read a Claire Cook novel, but this one sounds fun. Thanks for the review! As for my reunions...haven't attended one. I feel like Facebook makes them moot these days. :)

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    1. Her books are really quite fun - light, great summer reads!

      I do agree about the whole facebook thing, but it would be nice to see people in person again!

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