Saturday, May 30, 2009

Turning the Paige by Laura Jensen Walker

I finished reading Turning the Paige by Laura Jensen Walker, which is a "Getaway Girls Novel" and a new release from Zondervan. This is a new author for me, and I did enjoy reading it once I got familiar with the characters.

The Getaway Girls is a book club of women. The group reads books and then participates in various adventures from the stories, like hot air ballooning and a trip to Paris.

Paige Kelley is one of the "Getaway Girls." At 35 years old, divorced and childless, she isn't really sure what she wants to do with the rest of her life although she thinks working in a call center isn't it. She is responsible for caring for her ailing mother as well since her two siblings have escaped the responsibility by moving away.. Paige feels the weight of this responsibility growing heavy on her shoulders as she must take her mother to doctor appointments, fix her meals, and do household chores for her. Her girlfriends encourage her to set some boundaries with her Mom and not feel guilty about having a little bit of freedom for herself.

I enjoyed getting to know Paige as she struggles with her past, her divorce, her desire for children, and her difficult relationship with her Mom. She wants to be there for her Mom, but at the same time desires to have her own life too. The characters are believable and likable. It seems like the Getaway Girls would be a good group of friends to have. I look forward to reading more from Laura Jensen Walker.

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