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    Interesting concept!

    The Year We Turned Forty by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke is a novel about three women who get a chance to relieve the year they turned forty. Claire, Jessica, and Gabriella are getting ready to turn fifty and have gone to Vegas to celebrate. They meet the celebrity magician, Blair Wainright who gives them a wonderful opportunity. He offers to let the three of them go back exactly ten years and relieve that year again. The three of them have to agree on the choice (it is all for one and one for all). At the end of the year they have to decide to stay there or go back to the future (I couldn’t resist). There are some conditions (of course). Can they make the right choices this time? Join Claire, Jessica, and Gabriella on their journey. Is it possible to change the past to improve your future? The Year We Turned Forty started out pretty good, but then it started slowing down. It got bogged down in should I or shouldn’t I thoughts and discussions (they went on for pages). I found Gabriella to be the most annoying (though it was hard to like any of the characters). The one thing I liked in the book was the Gilmore Girls reference. The Year We Turned Forty had an interesting concept. What would you do if you could change your life? Would you really be able to change it? Sometimes you can try too hard. I give The Year We Turned Forty 3 out of 5 stars. It was an adequate book (it could have been more). I was hoping for something unpredictable or different instead of cliché. I received a complimentary copy of The Year We Turned Forty from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
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    Clever and highly entertaining

    Favorite Quotes: “Together but not connected – a very precarious place for any marriage to perch.” “She realized too late that falling in love was the simple part- it was staying in love that seemed to elude most people.” “Jessie had been like a lone piece of luggage on a baggage carousel, endlessly circling around, with no hope of being recovered.” “Claire had never been one to work out. Her idea of breaking a sweat was having a heated negotiation with another Realtor.” My Review: The Year We Turned Forty was an exceptionally written, creative, interesting, and highly entertaining read. This was my first experience with either author but will now be tracking them both in the same manner I following sales announcements for my favorite boutique. The writing was superb, painfully insightful, thoughtful, observant, clever, and all engrossing. Once I started, I could not put my kindle down and resented all interruptions to my reading. The characters were fully inhabited and endearing, yet frustrating and deeply flawed – well - aren’t we all? The storyline presented an interesting premise; I liked thinking of what I would do if offered the same 10 year do-over…
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