Friday, August 1, 2014

The Other Life

~ 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):  If you could return to the road not taken...would you?

Quinn Braverman has a perfect life, with a loving husband, an adorable son, and another baby on the way.

Quinn also has an ominous secret: she knows that another version of her life exists...one in which she made totally different life choices. But she's never been tempted to switch lives-until a shocking turn of events pushes her to cross over, and she discovers the one person she thought she'd lost forever: Her mother.

But Quinn can't have both lives. Soon, she must decide which she really wants-the one she has...or the other life...

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  What a powerful question, eh? If you could return to the road not takenwould you?  The Other Life, drummed up a lot of questions for me.  Which of those road not taken would I go back and possible take?  Quinn takes us on such a journey and it is one you won't forget.

The part I really liked, was her going back to her mother and being able to ask questions and talk with her.  What I wouldn't give for that to be able to happen.  The Other Life will leave thinking that is for sure.  Also, watch out for the ending, I never saw it coming…what a shocker!

Favorite Character(s):  Quinn's neighbor is pretty funny and adds some humor to this otherwise serious page turner!

Fast read/slow read:  Average read, you are left wanting more.

What Others Are Saying (from Amazon):  
"Gripping! A truly fascinating story of love, loss, and a magical place in between."
– Beth Harbison, New York Times bestselling author of Hope In A Jar

"The Other Life is a provocative and unique tale of the road not taken. Ellen Meister puts a magical, masterful spin on one of my favorite questions: "What if?" What if you took both roads? You won't want to miss this one!"
– Sarah Addison Allen, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon

"Ellen Meister makes a big leap toward the literary in The Other Life, a book where "What if" becomes the most powerful question in the world. This is the thinking woman's beach read, a love story to the modern family, written with a deep and lovely understanding of mothers and daughters and the sacrifices they'll make for each other."
– Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Stopped Swimming

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Sign me up!


Ellen Meister has written five novels: DOROTHY PARKER DRANK HERE (Putnam 2015), FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER (Putnam 2013), THE OTHER LIFE (Putnam 2011), THE SMART ONE (HarperCollins 2008) and SECRET CONFESSIONS OF THE APPLEWOOD PTA (HarperCollins 2006). She has also published short stories and essays, and one novelette, THE WISHING CAKE. She teaches creative writing at Hofstra University Continuing Education, and does public speaking about her books and other writing-related issues. Ellen runs a popular Dorothy Parker page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DorothyParkerQuotes. For more information visit www.ellenmeister.com.


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