Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Every Wild Heart (review)

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Every Wild Heart - Meg Donohue
From USA Today bestselling author Meg Donohue comes a mystery, a love story, and a mother-daughter tale about two women on a precarious journey to uncover their true selves.

Passionate and funny, radio personality Gail Gideon is a true original. Nine years ago when Gail’s husband announced that he wanted a divorce, her ensuing on-air rant propelled her local radio show into the national spotlight. Now, “The Gail Gideon Show” is beloved by millions of single women who tune-in for her advice on the power of self-reinvention. But fame comes at a price. After all, what does a woman who has staked her career on being single do when she finds herself falling in love? And is the person who is harassing her in increasingly troubling ways a misguided fan or a true danger to Gail and her daughter, Nic? 

Fourteen-year-old Nic has always felt that she pales in comparison to her vibrant, outgoing mother. Plagued by a fear of social situations, she is most comfortable at the stable where she spends her afternoons. But when a riding accident lands Nic in the hospital, she awakens from her coma changed. Suddenly, she has no fear at all and her disconcerting behavior lands her in one risky situation after another. And no one, least of all her mother, can guess what she will do next…

Ah... who doesn't need a good chick lit in their life? We all do from time to time, and Meg Donohue just writes so beautifully you find yourself immersed in the story in no time. I immediately identified with Gail because I have three daughters (and one son) and my oldest is going to be in middle school next year and already I sometimes feel that chasm of teenage angst and the struggle of her wanting to just be a little kid but older than she is. I struggle with making sure I'm guiding her enough but also letting her make her own mistakes and learn who she is. 

It's a tough road, this parenting gig. 

So not only does Gail try to find the balance between being a good mom (a single one, at that) but she's also balancing out a red hot career with her own radio show which is ready for the big time. She finds herself with a crazy "fan" but also with a budding romance. Just as things start to heat up for her, her daughter has a scary accident which lands her in a coma. Her once overly cautious and timid daughter has seemingly turned into the polar opposite overnight and Gail has to juggle it all and decide where her loyalties lie. Can a woman have it all? Can she excel at every part of her life, even when they all demand the attention simultaneously? 

I'm giving this one a solid 4 stars. It's your standard chick lit, but it's not fluff. It has meat to it and you'll find yourself nodding along, chuckling at all the right parts, and you feel how torn Gail always is. I wasn't a huge fan of her other book How to Eat a Cupcake, but this one has won me over as a Meg Donohue fan. 

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for being a part of the tour!