So, this is the third book in a series, and I can comfortably state that it can be read as a standalone story. Whilst there were clear signs and references to previous dramas, they didn’t detract from my enjoyment of this gorgeous story of love and friendship. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed a number of books by this author, and you can read my previous reviews by clicking these links – One Summer Sunrise and The Story of Our Secrets.
Sincere thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for the digital ARC, gifted via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. You can read my thoughts below.
Two weeks, four friends and one big bucket list of secrets to unravel…
Val Murray and her best friend, Josie had been planning a ‘Thelma and Louise’ bucket list style holiday.
Now Josie is gone, and Val needs to make the trip before it’s too late.
But Val doesn’t want to do it alone, so she enlists the help of her nieces, Carly and Carole, and their best pal, Jess, who jump at the chance to join Val on a trip of a lifetime.
What Val doesn’t realise is that Carly, Carole and Jess are all at turning points in their own lives, nursing crushing secrets, lies and betrayals.
Somewhere between Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York they all hit a crossroads and have to decide if they want to return to the lives they left behind or let Josie’s last wishes take them on a brand new adventure.
Once again, I inhaled this book in a single sitting. It was totally immersive, and I simply couldn’t walk away from the compelling story. Shari Low creates fabulous characters that work perfectly as part of a group or as the lead.
In spite of this, I particularly took to Carly; her relationship with her new husband, Sam, sounded virtually perfect, except for the minor geographical issue. I’m not sure how I would feel in a similar situation but would hope my partner would be as understanding.
Val was a breath of fresh air, her desire to complete her bucket list, in memory of her friend Josie, was the source of some moments of great hilarity. Thank goodness what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
The other difficult decision in the book related to Jess and her engagement to Arnie. Here Shari Low, once again, examines the dangers of not being able to openly communicate with your partner. What looked like a classic case of disloyalty turned out to be much more complicated and the resulting effects almost devastating.
Having read this wonderful book, I am tempted to dig out the previous instalments so that I can follow the full story. I will have to wait a while, though, because this is a story that has stayed with me.
Shari Low is the #1 bestselling author of over 25 novels, including One Day In Summer and My One Month Marriage and a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. She lives near Glasgow.
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