Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Review and #Giveaway: When Girlfriends Let Go by Savannah Page

  • File Size: 678 KB
  • Print Length: 537 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pearls and Pages (December 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
A novel about love, self-discovery, and realizing sometimes you have to let go. 

Jackie Kittredge is the consummate drama queen living the charmed life. She’s enthusiastic, outspoken, and is always looking for a good time. At twenty-seven she’s got a swanky Seattle townhouse, a wealthy husband, a designer wardrobe, the best of girlfriends, and a calendar filled not with meetings and deadlines, but spa appointments and happy hour reminders. On the outside, she’s got it all. 

On the inside, though, Jackie’s charmed life isn’t as it seems. She’s seeing a therapist, battling the demons of coming from a broken home and a past of promiscuity and heavy drinking. She can be selfish and demanding, sometimes even wearing her best friends thin. And now her marriage—what she thought could be her solid foundation—is on the rocks. Her husband Andrew spends nearly all his time at the office (and possibly with his secretary), and apologizes for his absence with lavish gifts and empty promises. 

Miserable and desperate, Jackie questions if her marriage is worth fighting for. Then a string of events begins to put things into perspective…into a perspective she didn’t quite anticipate. With her best friends by her side and some tough love, Jackie finds herself not only asking if she’s where she belongs, but if she’s who she’s supposed to be. 

This is a passionate story about having to answer some of life’s most important and difficult questions. It’s a story about fear, courage, and personal growth. About what happens when girlfriends let go. 

While this Women’s Fiction novel is Book #6 in the When Girlfriends collection, it can be read as a stand-alone.

My Review: 

This is the first book of Savannah Pages' that I have read and didn't know it was part of a series until after reading and finishing it.  It took me a couple chapters to start getting a grasp for who was who....with five best friends I kept getting them all mixed up.  I did however, enjoy the complex relationships and the depths friends would go to for each other.  

One particular passage from this book hit home for me and I think it really rings with a resounding truth while still a novel:

“if we were always happy, then happiness wouldn’t really exist, you know?” Her brow furrows slightly. “Or at the very least it wouldn’t be anything special. It’d be that constant emotion, with nothing to contrast it, and if that was all we felt, we’d never really know what happiness felt like.” She looks me in the eyes, imploringly. “You know?”
“Because there isn’t any juxtaposition,” Lara adds in.
“Exactly!” Emily snaps her fingers. “And happiness is just a state of mind, after all. There’s so much more to life and love than selfish, personal happiness.”
Excerpt From: Page, Savannah. “When Girlfriends Let Go.”

I enjoyed this as a stand alone but also am certain the other novels in this series would be just as good as light read. 

I give this book a 4 out of 5.

About the Author: 

Savannah Page is the author of the seven-novel When Girlfriends collection, heartfelt women's fiction that celebrates friendship, love, and life sprinkled with drama and humor.
When she isn't writing, Savannah enjoys a good book with a latte and jazz tunes, Pilates, and exploring her home of Berlin as an American expat.
Currently she's working on two new women's fiction and chick lit series she's excited to share in 2014.

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Views expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in anyway.  A book was supplied for review purposes only and no compensation was received for this post.