Genres: Womens Fiction
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Three generations. Seven days. One big secret. The author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake unfolds a mother-daughter story told by three women whose time to reckon with a life-altering secret is running out.
Gina Zoberski wants to make it through one day without her fastidious mother, Lorraine, cataloguing all her faults, and her sullen teenage daughter, May, snubbing her. Too bad there’s no chance of that. Her relentlessly sunny disposition annoys them both, no matter how hard she tries. Instead, Gina finds order and comfort in obsessive list-making and her work at Grilled G’s, the gourmet grilled cheese food truck built by her late husband.
But when Lorraine suffers a sudden stroke, Gina stumbles upon a family secret Lorraine's kept hidden for forty years. In the face of her mother’s failing health and her daughter’s rebellion, this optimist might find that piecing together the truth is the push she needs to let go...
5 Stars for The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go!
The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go is a heartwarming story of forgiveness and overcoming loss. Three generations of women have been dealing with a painful loss and struggling to be a family. Gina is a young widow and is busy with her food truck business and her rebellious teenage daughter. Ever since the loss of her husband, Gina has been trying to be the strong parent that her daughter May needs. But she’s been failing at this. Her sunny disposition is annoying everyone, but it is the only way she knows how to deal with her grief. May misses her dad every day and is handling her grief the only way she knows how, by keeping her distance from her mom and friends. To May, no one understands her grief and her mom’s avoidance of the subject is making their disconnect stronger by the minute. Lorraine is Gina’s strict and overbearing mom who has always made known of Gina’s faults. But Lorraine has been keeping a secret that would shatter her perfect, motherly image. When Lorraine has a stroke, the family bands together to support her during her healing. When the secret Lorraine has been keeping is revealed, Gina is forced to put aside her sunny disposition and find the right path for her family to heal.
Author Amy E. Reichert created an emotional story that touched my heart. The story is told in alternating POV’s of Gina, Lorraine and May, which allowed me to make a connection with these characters: Gina and I share the same birthday (July 7) and as a fellow Cancer zodiac sign I understand her need to make everyone happy. Lorraine’s struggles after her stroke brought me to tears as I imagined how my mother currently feels, as a stroke survivor. And May’s withdrawal and anger was genuine, and I understood her pain. With the alternating POV’s we see how each person’s actions affected each other. I’ve enjoyed this author’s previous book because of the family connection she shows in her story. It was moving to see the three generations overcome their differences and come together as a family.
I love Ms. Reichert’s writing and her stories warm my heart. There is also a mix of humor and mouthwatering food that adds a feeling of comfort after I read her books. I love how characters from her other books make an appearance, tying all her books together as one big family. The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go is a book that will touch your heart and remind you to cherish your time with the people you love.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 New Release Challenge