Saturday, May 4, 2013

(36)Thinking of You by Jill Mansell

Thinking of You

Pages: 384
Publication Date: May 7, 2013

oops. I could have sworn the release date for Thinking of You was last week, which is why I had it on last Tuesday's post.  But apparently I was wrong, shocking, I know. :)

Ginny Holland is thirty-eight years old and is experiencing a severe case of the empty nest syndrome.  Her only child, Jem, has just gone off to University leaving Ginny alone in their big rambling house.  Her friends and ex-husband mean well by trying to help by suggesting things such as taking a boarder (her friend's idea) for her house and attending a singles club (her ex-husband's idea) .  Of course things don't go as smoothly as Ginny would hope.  Her boarder is in the throws of horrible depression after a bad break up and her foray into dating has yielded nothing but heartache when she discovers her new boyfriend is also dating her best friend. Will she be able to get her life straight and will her cute new boss, Finn, ever see her as more than an employee?

Okay, first of all.  This is the first Jill Mansell novel where I was close to the heroines age (I will be 38 in two months) yet we are at such different  spots in our life. But not really.   Ginny is battling empty nest syndrome, but by no stretch of the imagination is she a dried up old maid type of mom. She is just seeking the direction she next wants to take with her life.  She no longer has a child at home to focus all of her energy on, so now what?  Ginny was really a character that I could enjoy.  Her love for her friends and her daughter and even her ex-husband made her a character with character, if that makes sense.  I also enjoyed the sub-plot of Jem off on her own for the first time and desperately trying to be an adult in an adult world when she very much still has a young woman's heart.  And then there is Finn, the cute boss... sigh... Even with his extra baggage and the funny misunderstanding when he first met Ginny, well I was rooting for him from the very beginning.

Bottom line, while I am a very loyal Jill Mansell reader I didn't realize how much her last two books was lacking until I read Thinking of You. I loved Thinking of You and flew through it in just a couple of days.  It  is one of those books that will touch your heart, make you laugh, and even make you cry with everything that Ginny goes through. As a woman in her late 30's I found a lot of myself in Ginny and that always makes for a good read. Check it out and let me know what you think!


Why I Read...

I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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