Whoever said not to judge a book by its cover has obviously never seen this one. The colors are vibrant, the reflection meaningful, and even the interior cover lovely. I knew I was in for a treat when I saw the cover of The Ramblers for the first time.
Told through three distinct voices of Clio, an ornithologist, Smith, a professional organizer, and Tate, a photographer. Each one must come to terms with an issue in their past that's holding them back from a meaningful future. As soon as the next character was going to start narrating, I was always disappointed not to have more of the story, but I couldn't believe how quickly I was eager to take up with whoever was speaking next.
Clio is worried her new relationship with an older man is moving too fast, and she panics about telling him the truth about her mother. Smith has been a puppet in her well-off family's affairs since she was young and can't seem to cut the string. Tate struggles with his wife's infidelity and if his hobby is enough to keep him happy.
What I loved was how the story took place over a long holiday weekend, but it was constantly moving. Flashbacks took us back all the while these characters grew and learned lessons.
As much as the book deals in relationships between the characters, their careers, and their love lives, it's also a love letter to the city of New York. The setting becomes a huge part of allowing changes to take place and the characters to confront their past and prepare for the future.
This is an easy contemporary women's fiction read, but the writing is on a level above. I would love to see a follow-up with these characters again. Being in my thirties, the idea of a balance between a professional and family life really resonates with me. Fans of J. Courtney Sullivan will enjoy this too.
Caryn Strean is a mom by day and reader by night. Asking her to name her favorite book is like asking her to choose a favorite child. Her friends call her The Book Whisperer. Caryn can be reached on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
Thanks to William Morrow for the book in exchange for an honest review. They have one copy for a lucky reader in the US.
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