Hannah, Cate, and Lissa share a house in London together. At 29, they are great friends and doing their best to make their way in life. Expectation follows their journeys together, and apart, until they are in their 40’s with frequent flashbacks to earlier days to give depth to their stories.
Anna Hope packs in so many experiences to the book to bring her characters to life. On the surface the more obvious themes are explored; Having children, not having children, getting married, having affairs, landing the perfect job, or just scraping by. As the women grow older she explores relationships with parents in the later stages of life, managing the transition into motherhood, and keeping old friendships alive throughout the constant change around them. These later themes resonate with the reader as Anna Hope offers an insightful view of the more challenging experiences as a 30 something woman. There are some devastating scenes which left me in tears, but others that were heartwarming. These are carefully balanced to maintain sincerity as opposed to drama.
I devoured the book quickly and missed it when it was over. The three friends made a huge impression and I couldn’t help dwelling over their struggles, their successes, and their endings. It is so refreshing to read an honest portrayal of 30-40 year olds who are doing the same as the rest of us; getting through life in the best way they know how. The journey isn’t perfect, the ending isn’t all wrapped up, and this makes the characters feel like old friends by the end of the book.
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I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.
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