Publisher: Author Published
Publication Date: August 11, 2015
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Maris Forrester has a wonderful life with an amazing boyfriend and a fulfilling job. She’s happy and content . . . or so she thinks. Maris has always had huge dreams of being on Broadway. Ever since her very first performance as a child, she has envisioned herself on the stage under the shining lights. Now she has to decide whether she should give up her wonderful life to chase those dreams.
When her parents announce they are moving, she comes across a long-lost family treasure. She doesn’t realize that this treasure may hold the key to her future and to all her dreams coming true.
And if that wasn’t signed enough, a mysterious stranger throws another wrench in the mix at a dazzling rooftop party benefiting the Arts. These could be signs of things to come.
But will she remain content in her perfect world, or will she step into the unknown world she has always dreamed of?
My Review (first shared September 21, 2015)
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions shared are 100% my own.
Maris Forrester has reached a point in life when she has to decide how to move forward. She can either settle down into her comfortable relationship and her comfortable job or chance losing it all in order to follow her dream of performing on Broadway. Having made a similar decision myself years ago - and having chosen the comfortable, less risky route - this book brought up lots of old “what ifs” for me as I read it. One of Maris’s concerns is that she’ll later regret not at least trying to follow her dream. Boy howdy! Yes - she would have regrets! But, that being said, regrets aren’t so bad and whatever path you choose can bring you other joys you wouldn’t have had on another path. (Yes - that’s a bit of advice from someone who chose the other path).
I enjoyed this book. There’s a little bit of Maris in all of us and I think most readers will be able to relate to her inner turmoil. Her friends and family are great! Her Zen-like sister and supportive best friend really help Maris move forward and make her decision. There is a bit of a “magical” element around Maris’s grandmother that actually still fits in this not-really fantasy book. My one gripe is the “love triangle”. It might have read better had Trevor, the other man, been fleshed out a little better, and their connection dealt with a little more. Maris’s steady boyfriend, Kyle, is described in detail without any downsides assigned to him (other than his unwillingness to move to NYC). Maris spends a lot of time griping about Trevor so he didn’t really seem like a legitimate love interest and especially not one who could steal Maris away from someone as terrific as Kyle.
I won’t tell you Maris’s ultimate decision (as if the book title doesn’t hint loudly at it) for the journey getting to that decision is really what this book is about. Recommended to anyone who enjoys chick lit with a little romance and personal growth.
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