The Life You’ve Imagined by Kristina Riggle

The Life You've Imagined

Anna, Cami and Amy were classmates in Haven, Michigan.  Before they graduated Amy photocopied a magazine clipping meant to inspire and gave a copy to her two friends:  “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you’ve imagined.”   More than fifteen years later the three find themselves thrown together again and life is definitely not what they’d imagined.

Anna is staying with her mother Maeve while on bereavement leave from her Chicago law firm.  Cami has returned to her father’s home after a breakup caused by her secret addiction.  Amy never left Haven and is looking forward to her wedding day.  All three have serious issues that need to be faced before they can move forward.  The young women  become almost unwitting accomplices in helping each other gain the confidence necessary to make positive changes in their lives.  Another character  needing to move forward is Maeve.  She was abandoned by her husband twenty years earlier and still holds on to the hope of his return.  Life is changing for her too.  Her lease has been cancelled leaving her without a job and a place to live. At fifty-two she has to figure out a new future.

Each chapter is from a different perspective rotating between the four main characters.  I liked that because it gave me a better understanding of each woman and allowed the author to fully unfold their history.  The voices are distinctive and move the story forward at a good pace.    When I finished reading the book I  felt satisfied with how the author wrapped things up.

I enjoy novels about small towns and the people who live there.  The Life You’ve Imagined did not disappoint.  I look forward to reading more from Kristina Riggle.

Review copy from HarperCollins

14 thoughts on “The Life You’ve Imagined by Kristina Riggle

  1. I just finished this one last night and enjoyed it too. There’s something about the small town that just pulls me into the book!


  2. Oooh, this sounds like a really good one, Mary. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. I don’t know anyone whose life has turned out as they imagined when they graduated. You just never know what life is going to throw at you.


  3. I just took a peek to see if you liked this one and I’m glad you did. It’s sitting here on the table beside me and I’m going to start it today!


  4. Blodeuedd, It’s a good place to be from but I was happy to move on.

    Kathy, Carrie, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    Sheila, definitely.

    Jenners, yes it would!

    Staci, I thought of you while reading it because it takes place in Michigan!

    Kaye, isn’t THAT the truth!

    Kim, April, it was good!

    Dar, I hope you enjoy it.

    Nikki-ann, I recommend it 🙂


  5. This seems like something I would be very interested in reading. Just the title itself makes you do a double take. Will add it on to the TBR list. I enjoy fiction that focus on perspective of women as time passes and reflections are made on the past, present and futures to come.


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