There are quite a few plot lines here all dealing with major issues in women's lives: divorce, life change, job loss, anorexia, personal fulfillment, death, friendship, infidelity. And yet most of these issues were skimmed over because they were happening to secondary characters rather than to Kelly. Because of this remove from the spotlight, they didn't feel as well developed as perhaps they deserved. Problems, even these enormous, life altering problems, were too easily resolved. It sounds odd to be advocating for road blocks but their presence would have made the storyline more believable for me. The message here, Kelly's empowerment, is very positive and the tone of the book is upbeat and successful but it falls just a bit shy of realistic. The character Kelly is generally likable although some of her reactions to the situations swirling around her are odd. For instance, wanting to keep an anorexic around her at all times to remind her to eat healthily so she (Kelly) continues to lose weight is rather insensitive and minimizes a too real and very serious disease. Overall, a cheery beach read about women's empowerment, this had a few weaknesses but nothing that a drink with an umbrella couldn't erase.
I won this book on Facebook in a giveaway run by the author.