I received an ARC copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but I got it after the publication date and found a copy of it with audible available on my Kindle Unlimited account. The following therefore is an almost unbiased review of the audiobook with the only bias being the inherent love of reading.
I wanted to read this book with just the cover alone, the blurb was an added bonus. This is the story of Amy’s holiday. It is something that has been pending for a long time and she has well-meaning friends who are trying to give her the best break she could have. Amy is a librarian and there is a concept she shares in a seminar/presentation (something I will let Amy elaborate in the book) that sounded very interesting to me. I am not a librarian and would probably not be in the field in the near future so I cannot comment on the plausibility or authenticity of the plan she formulates but it sounded fascinating. There are a few other things that endeared the book to me:
- Strong (at the same time, reasonable) friendships. Well written friendships are few in real as well as fictional lives and they should be treasured.
- Family. I should technically include the friends in this as well, but I specifically mean the relationship Amy has with her children.
- References to reading as a good way to spend time
- Last but not least, New York. I sort of lived in the city during my Masters (sort of because I was not very social or adventurous and did not see too much of it) but the reminiscing that Amy does reminded me that I did actually have some good times in the city and actually was fond of a few of the things she mentions, especially the Brooklyn Bridge.
It was a good book, with some serious conversations and a few not-so-serious ones and I had an enjoyable time with it.
A P.S on the audio narration, all the female characters who were not the main family/friends had the same slightly Indian sounding accent which was odd because their names ranged between different ethnicities. I liked the narration otherwise but this confused me a little.
My last KU review was: Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah and I switched up my queue because I did not enjoy what I was listening to. It now looks like this: