If you've read Jennifer Weiner's books before and are expecting hilarious, witty, easy-breezy reading, then this book will be a surprise. Although still trademarked with her sly wit, reading a novel about an upper class woman spiraling into drug addiction is not for the faint of heart. In many other authors’ hands, this kind of subject matter easily could become preachy or heavy handed, but it truly is neither.
Nancy Turner’s latest is a gripping adventure novel following the tumultuous life of a young woman named Resolute Talbot. At the tender age of 11, Resolute and her sister are snatched from her family’s Jamaican plantation in 1729 by Saracen pirates, never to see their family again. She is forced into indentured servitude by hard-edged Puritans, and finally gains her freedom as a young woman.
Since she was young, Nyx has always known she was destined to marry the Dark Lord who has enslaved her kingdom. Her father has been preparing her for this match for many years, and while her destiny is marriage, the prophecy states that she will be the one to kill him, if he doesn’t kill her first. Nyx rails against the unfairness of the prophecy, as it was her father who bonded her and not her angelic twin sister to the Dark Lord, and yet her fierce determination will be what is needed to defeat him in the end. Or is the Dark Lord not what he seems?
Eighteen year old Allyson is an organized and cautious high school senior on a European summer tour. In London, she meets the enigmatic Willem, a young Shakespearean actor who lives for spontaneous world-traveling. Allyson throws caution to the wind when Willem asks her if she wants to visit Paris with him, for ‘just one day’. This one day transforms Allyson’s young life as she confronts her fears, falls in love, and begins to view the world as a maturing adult instead of a self-restrained adolescent.
Kate grew up during magical and haunting summers in Lost Lake, Georgia, with her great aunt Eby. But Kate is now grown, and has recently lost her husband in a tragic biking accident. She decides to move in with her domineering mother-in-law for the sake of her whimsical young daughter Devin. As they’re clearing out their home to move, Devin discovers an old postcard from Lost Lake. Shocked by this discovery, Kate toys with the idea of returning there for one more nostalgic summer before they settle into their new lives.