Title: Before and Again
Author: Barbara Delinsky
I picked this one up weeks ago and just couldn’t get into to it at the time, so I put it down but I picked it back up again for a recent quick overnight beach trip and it felt much more fitting this time around!
While I found this one to be a bit long, and that I cared a lot less about the side story/scandal than the main plot, ultimately I found myself enjoying the book overall and I’d say that it is a heartwarming story of a search for happiness after a life altering tragedy
Maggie has found a good life, or what resembles a fairly good life after tragedy struck one fateful day and drive, 5 years ago. She has found a way to cope in a new town, with new friends and a new, slower pace. But how will she maintain her barely-there grasp on normalcy after her friends gets wrapped up in scandal and her ex-husband begins to keep popping up in all of her new safe places?
Considering the tragic backstory and theme of grief in this book, I found it to be a fairly light and uplifting book. While I think it could have been shorter and some plot points seemed unnecessary, Before and Again was a nice little change of pace and reminder to appreciate the small things. I’m glad I picked this book back up and finished it.
Thanks to BookSparks and St. Martin’s Press for a free copy of this book, all opinions are my own!