Thursday, January 29, 2015

How Do You Know? (Seeking Happily Ever After, #1) by Meredith Schorr

How Do You Know? 

How Do You Know? by Meredith Schorr
Series: Seeking Happily Ever After, #1
Paperback and e-book, 300 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Booktrope

What if you were approaching the end of your thirties and all of the life milestones you took for granted in your youth suddenly seemed out of reach?

On the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday, Maggie Piper doesn't look, act, or feel much different than she did at twenty-nine, but with her fortieth birthday speeding towards her like a freight train, she wonders if she should. The fear of a slowing metabolism, wrinkling of her skin, and the ticking of her biological clock leaves Maggie torn between a desire to settle down like most of her similarly-aged peers and concern that all is not perfect in her existing relationship. When a spontaneous request for a temporary "break" from her live-in boyfriend results in a "break-up," Maggie finds herself single once again and only twelve months from the big 4.0. In the profound yet bumpy year that follows, Maggie will learn, sometimes painfully, that life doesn't always happen on a schedule, there are no deadlines in love, and age really is just a number.

Meredith Schorr, best-selling author of light women's fiction, digs deep in her newest novel and raises the age old issue of the 'proverbial clock' that haunts many women, in a way that is refreshing and sassy no matter your age or relationship status. 

My thoughts about How Do You Know? ~~


Okay, that's the first line of How Do You Know? Isn't that a great first line? How could you just NOT want to keep reading when it starts like that? It made me laugh.
'"I have no idea how I managed to lose my balance while wearing flats but I am fine." I brush the loose dirt off my dress and try not to care that I'm wearing a Spider Man bandage.'
And then she's wearing a Spider Man band-aid? I love this woman! I would so wear one too. I knew right away that this was going to be a character I was going to enjoy and a story that I would not want to put down.

Maggie is celebrating her 39th birthday. She has one year until she turns the big 4-0. And in her mind, she is supposed to have 'made it' by 40. She feels like she hasn't 'made it' and she starts to question everything in her life. She decides she needs to make some changes and those ideas back fire on her.
'Forty is like a train approaching me at warp speed while my shoelace is caught in the track.'
She spends the next 365 days trying to figure out who and what makes her happy.
'Am I a has-been? Am I past my prime?'
She has plenty of support and get lots of advice from her family and friends. Some give more advice than she wants or needs. But those were the characters I enjoyed the most - they really told Maggie what's what. Gotta love Aunt Helen!
'Some say peer pressure is the biggest motivator for people to do things they aren't sure they want to do. I say those people have never met my Aunt Helen.'
How Do You Know? was such a treat to read. I enjoyed every bit of this well written, funny, insightful story.

I have to be honest here. I am a tad past 40 (okay, maybe a bit more than a tad, if I'm completely honest) and I remember worrying about hitting that number. But you know what? It's just a number. And it doesn't really mean anything. And.... I don't act my age. Yikes, that would be bad!
'... my yourthful spirit has not deserted me with the cessation of my thirties, and there is not a damn thing wrong with that.'

And this is book #1 in the Seeking Happily Ever After Series. I have no idea what the rest of the series has in store for us. 

Meredith, if you stop by and read this, please leave a comment and give us some insight about what's next? I know I am going to want to read it! 

About the author

Meredith Schorr

A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing chick lit and contemporary women’s fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hard-working trademark paralegal and her still single (but looking) status.

Meredith is also the co-founder of BookBuzz, a live author/reader event held annually. She is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner. How Do You Know? is her fourth novel.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Susan! I'm so thrilled that you enjoyed How Do You Know?! Thanks so much for reading/reviewing. The next story in the series is about Maggie's friend Amanda. Hopefully, you will enjoy that one too :) Thanks again!


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