“The ring you found…it belongs to your future husband…”
A humiliating incident four years ago cost Kenzie Armstrong her pride and her marketing career, but now she’s making her way back at a run-down racetrack where she’s charged with increasing attendance. After a chance encounter with a storefront psychic, Kenzie begins secretly wishing that the fortune teller’s far-fetched prediction will come true.
The Secret Life of Wishful Thinking is a warm and humorous tale about four women who forge an unlikely and supportive bond—and have the audacity to dream.
At first I thought that this book would be a story of rivalry and bitchiness, but I should have known from the quote at the very beginning of the book that this would be a different story. What I got instead was a story of four women, all struggling with aspects of their lives, who come together to support each other instead of tearing each other apart.
I loved this book and I loved the women in it. Kenzie, her best friend Gemma, Sarita who works with Kenzie, and Brynne who is trying to get Kenzie fired from her job. They are the type of women I’d want to spend a spa day with and then follow-up with a fun girls night-out. They’re the ones you want at your back and the ones that always have an ear to lend when things go pear-shaped.
I could identify with what each of the women was going through, not because I’d had their specific problem, but because, in one way or another, we all go through the same thing – fear of the unknown. Each of the women were dealing with how to take a leap of faith and do something that scared the crap out of them. I was impressed with the growth of each of the characters, but especially Brynne, who I started out not liking particularly.
The story was well structured and it moved along at a good pace with no boring bits. The characters were well developed and we learnt enough of their back stories to understand where they were coming from without being burdened by unnecessary detail. I enjoyed the humour of the book and there were parts where my heart clenched a little at what the women were going through.
I came away from this book feeling uplifted by the relationships between the women. I think it goes to prove that you can write a book about women without the stereotypes and it can be done successfully. Treat yourself and give this a read. You’ll feel better for it.
Complementary copy provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.