Author: Lori Lansens
About: (Book blurb) On the eve of their Silver Anniversary, Mary Gooch is waiting for her husband Jimmy–still every inch the handsome star athlete he was in high school–to come home. As night turns to day, it becomes frighteningly clear to Mary that he is gone. Through the years, disappointment and worry have brought Mary’s life to a standstill, and she has let her universe shrink to the well-worn path from the bedroom to the refrigerator. But her husband’s disappearance startles her out of her inertia, and she begins a desperate search.
For the first time in her life, she boards a plane and flies across the country to find her lost husband. So used to hiding from the world, Mary finds that in the bright sun and broad vistas of California, she is forced to look up from the pavement. And what she finds fills her with inner strength she’s never felt before. Through it all, Mary not only finds kindred spirits, but reunites with a more intimate stranger no longer sequestered by fear and habit: herself.
Descriptive Words: One woman’s journey of self-discovery
Thoughts: This is such an intriguing novel. I loved getting to know Mary Gooch. Lori Lansens gives the reader a lot of back story which I appreciated. Watching Mary come alive as she set out on her search for her husband was enthralling. The fact that she’d hardly been anywhere her whole life made me cheer her on all the more as she drove to Toronto, hopped a plane for California, and trusted seemingly kind strangers. I wasn’t cheering the fact that she was looking for Gooch but more that she was making decisions and seeing them through.
Mary met so many interesting people once she arrived in California: the car service driver, the Mexican day laborers, a hair stylist, a well-to-do mother of triplets (whose husband had recently left her). Getting to know them a bit prompted Mary to ask herself questions about her own expectations of life, herself, Gooch. Answering the questions started change within Mary which in turn led to other changes – much like the butterfly emerging from the cocoon.
Source: Audiobook (giveaway win)
Why I Chose: Selection of the Word Shakers Online Book Club
Recommend? Yes. It would be a great book club selection.
Rating: 4 / 5 stars