Happy Pub Day to my dear friend, Meredith Schorr! HOW DO YOU KNOW? is Meredith’s fourth novel. I’ve read and reviewed three of the four (still need to read JUST FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS) and have linked to those reviews below.
But first, a bit about Meredith, a writer who has developed a huge fan following by producing a steady stream of great novels in just a few short years:
A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing chick lit and contemporary women’s fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hard-working trademark paralegal and her still single (but looking) status. Meredith is also the co-founder of BookBuzz, a live author/reader event held annually. She is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner. How Do You Know? is her fourth novel. To learn more, visit her at www.meredithschorr.com.
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With HOW DO YOU KNOW? (Book 1 of the SEEKING HAPPILY EVER AFTER Series) comes the story of Maggie and some tough decisions at a turning point in her life.
Here’s a peek at the back jacket.
On the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday, Maggie Piper doesn’t look, act, or feel much different than she did at twenty-nine, but with her fortieth birthday speeding toward her like a freight train, she wonders if she should. The fear of a slowing metabolism, wrinkling of her skin, and the ticking of her biological clock leaves Maggie torn between a desire to settle down like most of her similarly aged peers and concern that all is not perfect in her existing relationship. When a spontaneous request for a temporary “break” from her live-in boyfriend results in a “break-up,” Maggie finds herself single once again and only twelve months from the big 4.0. In the profound yet bumpy year that follows, Maggie will learn, sometimes painfully, that life doesn’t always happen on a schedule, there are no deadlines in love, and age really is just a number.
- Print Length: 251 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Booktrope (December 2, 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
MY BOOK REVIEW:
My thoughts about the book? I’m thrilled for readers for two reasons:
1. I know Meredith and I’m a follower of her books and I think this book is a real gift to her readers because it’s one step closer to Meredith than her other three novels. Take a peek at her website and scroll through the wonderful guest blog posts she’s recently hosted as part of her Age Is Just A Number blog series. I don’t think readers will think Maggie, the main character, IS Meredith (she’s not), but I do think readers will sense the author brought an intimate understanding of the theme and “feelings” in the novel. She cares about this topic and has contributed valuable insights through this book.
2. Another reason I’m thrilled for readers is: HOW DO YOU KNOW? is part of a series! Woo-Hoo! That means more great books from this prolific writer and the promise of more pub dates to celebrate. It doesn’t get better than that.
Okay, my thoughts about the book.
I laughed out loud with the opening line: Thank God I waxed.
And I loved that the central storyline started immediately. We see Maggie, the main character, celebrating her birthday with friends and boyfriend, Doug, all the while fielding questions, comments, and concerns from those around her about her age, the milestone it represents, and the fact that Maggie’s not married yet and wants to be. Maggie is clearly unsettled by the birthday and is at a crossroads in her life. Loved that it opened and got rockin’ and rollin’ right away. And then WHAM! Maggie starts a discussion with Doug that doesn’t exactly end the way she thought it would. Now we’re fully on a ride that takes us through her 39th year in chapters organized by which month it is. (Novel begins in July with her 39th birthday and ends 13 months later in August, a month after she turns 40.)
Interesting to note that when Maggie’s life turns upside down, there are still people in her life she can’t bare to disappoint. One person, in particular, learns of a development in Maggie’s life months after it happened. It struck me as a very authentic development in the story that despite Maggie’s age (she’s certainly an adult) she still has a childlike eagerness to please certain people in her life. It just goes to show that no matter how old we get, some aspects of certain relationships remain ageless.
I was touched by the support network Maggie had while going through this difficult year in her life and enjoyed the references to classic movies and chick flicks. There was one line I thought was especially poignant for this book. I won’t tell you who said it or why, but here it is:
“You’re a special person, Magpie. I’ve no doubt you’ll meet someone who makes you one hundred percent happy.”
But will she? I dunno… you’ll have to read HOW DO YOU KNOW? to find out.
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