A Window Opens
I find a star system too subjective, so bottom line: I would recommend this novel!
A Window Opens follows the main character, Alice, who is a mother of three small children. At first, she juggles the a part time career and trying to be the best PTA mom, while her husband works full time in New York City as a lawyer. Unfortunately, not long after the novel starts, her husband realizes that he won’t have a future at his law firm, so he decides to strike out on his own.
As the title implies, the novel is about doors closing and windows opening instead. Honestly, I shed a few tears because I read the book at a rough time in my own life, like the main character. The novel is about struggling families and choosing to be right rather than happy before even more family disasters strike.
I really loved Alice, the main character. She is full of passion. She isn’t perfect, but she’s trying. The beginning of the novel captured my attention, yet it did take me a few tries to get going.
Along with the Alice’s adventure in venturing into full time employment and trying to be a good mom, plus take care of her dying father, and strained relationship with her husband, there are lots of sweet and funny moments with her children. Overall, the story really hit home how important family (both biological and friends – the family that you pick) are.
You’ll also love this book if you’re a book-lover because Alice is a book reviewer for a magazine at the beginning of the novel, makes wonderful allusions to all sorts of literary things throughout the story, oh, and her best friend owns a small book store. If you read about their concept of the “No Guilt Book Club,” you’ll be dying for someone you know to start one. I would go!
I’ll leave you with this short line that left me with a few tears and made me go run and hug my husband: And if we’ve learned anything this year, it’s that life is short. You need to be happy.
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You can pick up A Window Opens on Tuesday, August 25, 2015!
Thanks to Netgalley for allowing me to honestly review this novel.
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