Thursday, April 17, 2014

Driving Lesson: A Novel and TLC Book Tours

~ I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author to facilitate this review.  I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~

Synopsis (from Amazon): Sometimes life's most fulfilling journeys begin without a map.

An executive at a New York cosmetics firm, Sarah has had her fill of the interminable hustle of the big city. When her husband, Josh, is offered a new job in suburban Virginia, it feels like the perfect chance to shift gears.
While Josh quickly adapts to their new life, Sarah discovers that having time on her hands is a mixed blessing. Without her everyday urban struggles, who is she? And how can she explain to Josh, who assumes they are on the same page, her ambivalence about starting a family?

It doesn't help that the idea of getting behind the wheel—an absolute necessity of her new life—makes it hard for Sarah to breathe. It's been almost twenty years since she's driven, and just the thought of merging is enough to make her teeth chatter with anxiety. When she signs up for lessons, she begins to feel a bit more like her old self again, but she's still unsure of where she wants to go.

Then a crisis involving her best friend lands Sarah back in New York—a trip to the past filled with unexpected truths about herself, her dear friend, and her seemingly perfect sister-in-law . . . and an astonishing surprise that will help her see the way ahead.
One (or more) Sentence Summary: I really enjoyed Driving Lessons, but I am not sure why.  I didn't connect with the characters, but wanted to keep reading the next chapter (actually read the Driving Lessons very fast), felt there was too much drama over nothing (or little things)....I don't know.....I just can't put my finger on it.  Enjoyable, fast read, but lacking the "wow" for me.

Favorite Character(s):  Sarah's sister-in-law.  I felt she was a "real and honest" character without drama.  She was the only character I seemed to relate too.

Fast read/slow read:  I can't put my finger on it why, but this was a fast read for me.

Cover:  I am not sure why, but I like it.  Maybe it is the ladybugs, the old jar, I don't know.

What Others Are Saying:  See what others on the TLC Book Tours are saying about Driving Lessons: A Novel.
Tuesday, April 8th: BoundbyWords
Wednesday, April 9th: Bibliotica
Thursday, April 10th: cupcake’s book cupboard
Monday, April 14th: missris
Tuesday, April 15th: Books in the Burbs
Wednesday, April 16th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Thursday, April 17th: Seaside Book Nook
Monday, April 21st: Write Meg
Tuesday, April 22nd: Luxury Reading
Wednesday, April 23rd: A Bookish Way of Life
Thursday, April 24th: From L.A. to LA
Monday, April 28th: The Well-Read Redhead
Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, I would love to read Saving Ruth and Balancing Acts.

Zoe Fishman is the author of Balancing Acts and Saving Ruth. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and son.  Connect with Zoe online, Twitter, and Facebook.

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