Laura Dave, Â author of the The First HusbandÂ is now my new best friend in my head.Â This book, the first that I have read of three she has written, asks rather profound questions about one’s place in life.
The protagonist is a travel writer of a column called ‘Checking Out.’Â Through observations Â while visiting different countries, she comes to understandÂ what freedom means. Her journey Â is to identify the one place that feels like home , somewhere she wants to stay put.
This seems like a simple story but the author managed to hold my attention with her writing and a story line that is complicated by several characters who all seem not to know what they wantÂ in life.
When the story begins Annie’s longtime boyfriend Nick is about to break up with her. Â He does and after gathering her wits some hours later, guess what: she meets someone with whom she shares an immediate connection.
I don’t want to give the love story line away. Â The love story is interwoven into another plot line about Annie’s job as a travel columnist. Â Because she is very good at what she does she is offered a corner office position with a British mega publishing concern. Â This position offers Annie the possibility of becoming a global lifestyle expert. Â We get to watch her make these choices.
The book is good in the way that Eat, Pray, and Love is. Â I loved this book and recommend it as a summer read. Â I am certain that you’ll devour it in a couple days sitting under an umbrella on the beach.
I was compensated for this BlogHer Book Club review but believe me, all opinions expressed are my own.