Book Review for THE YEAR WE TURNED FORTY by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

THE YEAR WE TURNED FORTY by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
Washington Square Press
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Who doesn't wish that they could have a re-do? I know I would love that...if not to correct some fashion mistakes in my past.

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In THE YEAR WE TURNED FORTY, the characters have a chance to change the way their lives turned out. Filled with regret, the women in this book make an unlikely journey back in time. Normally, you would think that this would be campy or silly, but the way that the authors wrote it, it came across as plausible.

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke took a story about second chances and twisted it into something fresh and enjoyable. The book is funny, heartfelt, and sincere. I loved reliving the lives of the characters with them.


About the Book:

If you could repeat one year of your life, what would you do differently? This heartwarming and hilarious novel from the authors of The Status of All Things and Your Perfect Life features three best friends who get the chance to return to the year they turned forty—the year that altered all of their lives, in ways big and small—and also get the opportunity to change their future.

Jessie loves her son Lucas more than anything, but it tears her up inside that he was conceived in an affair that ended her marriage to a man she still loves, a man who just told her he's getting remarried. This time around, she’s determined to bury the secret of Lucas’ paternity, and to repair the fissures that sent her wandering the first time.

Gabriela regrets that she wasted her most fertile years in hot pursuit of a publishing career. Yes, she’s one of the biggest authors in the world, but maybe what she really wanted to create was a family. With a chance to do it again, she’s focused on convincing her husband, Colin, to give her the baby she desires.

Claire is the only one who has made peace with her past: her twenty-two year old daughter, Emily, is finally on track after the turmoil of adolescence, and she's recently gotten engaged, with the two carat diamond on her finger to prove it. But if she’s being honest, Claire still fantasizes about her own missed opportunities: a chance to bond with her mother before it was too late, and the possibility of preventing her daughter from years of anguish. Plus, there’s the man who got away—the man who may have been her one true love.

But it doesn’t take long for all three women to learn that re-living a life and making different decisions only leads to new problems and consequences—and that the mistakes they made may, in fact, have been the best choices of all…

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About the Authors: Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke are the authors of the forthcoming suspense novel, The Good Widow,  published by Lake Union. You can buy it here! (Only $3.99!)

Liz and Lisa have been best friends for 30 years.  They created this website to celebrate books women (and men!) love and to have a place to talk shit about reality TV stars.  They have also published three women's fiction novels with Simon & Schuster/Atria Books. Your Perfect Life is a hilarious and heartwarming story of two childhood best friends who switch bodies at their twenty-year high school reunion. The Status of All Things, is a cautionary tale of a woman who realizes she can change the course of her entire life by what she writes in her Facebook status. And The Year We Turned Forty follows three women who get the chance to relive the year they turned forty, a year they each made decisions that altered the course of their lives.  But a lot happened before their first publishing deal…

Find out more about the authors on their website.

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Victoria Colotta

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