Time Flies: A Novel by Claire Cook
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received an ARC ebook through Netgalley.
This delightful book starts off with Melanie cutting up the mattress that was on the bed she had shared with her husband. Not only is she in the middle of a divorce, but her best friend B.J. is on her case about going to their high school reunion, she has a horrible fear of driving on the highway, and she's contemplating dating again. This added to her normal worries of being a mother to two grown sons and a sculpture artist.
Melanie is a bit bitter about her divorce. She didn't want to leave Massachusetts, but she made the best out of it and found her passion for metal sculpture. From the descriptions she makes some really great pieces ... if only they had picture books for adults! Anyway, she spends a good portion of the book trying her best to avoid her nearly-ex-husband, Kurt. She's also trying to avoid going to her high school reunion because as she sees it, she has nothing great to show for all her years out of school. Her decision to go is partially to see her old friends and partially her new communication with the guy she liked in high school. Speaking about guys, there is also the owner of restaurant who purchased one of her pieces that is a fountain ... one that happens to be a little bit faulty. Once up in MA for the reunion things do not get easier for Melanie and B.J.. There's an issue with tattoos, missing friends, and a pissed off truck driver.
I have to saw this was an enjoyable book. It's not my typical style but it just sounded too good to pass up. One thing that did bother me, the number of awkward and unusual situations Melanie found herself in, like the incident with the truck driver. These over the top moments just seemed a bit too much in a book that didn't need all the extra drama/excitement.
I think this book would be great for book clubs.
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