Book Reviews & Feature: Wait for the Rain and Bridges by Maria Murnane

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I hope your work week hasn’t been too stressful like mine has. I, for sure, am ready for the weekend! Luckily, I was able to read some really great books this week and am in the middle of reading some pretty good ones as I type this post!

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of reading both Wait for the Rain and Bridges by Maria Murnane. I’d like to send her a big thank you for giving me the chance to read her books in exchange for my honest review of them.

Wait for the RainDaphne White is staring down the barrel of forty—and is distraught at what she sees. Her ex-husband is getting remarried, her teenage daughter hardly needs her anymore, and the career she once dreamed about has somehow slipped from her grasp. She’s almost lost sight of the spirited and optimistic young woman she used to be.

As she heads off to a Caribbean island to mark the new decade with her best friends from college, Daphne’s in anything but the mood to celebrate. But when she meets Clay Hanson, a much younger man, she ignores her inner voice warning her that she’s too old for a fling. In fact, this tropical getaway might be the perfect opportunity to picture her future in a new sun-drenched light.

With the help of her friends, Daphne rediscovers her enthusiasm for life, as well as her love for herself—and realizes that her best years are still ahead.

I kicked off the week by reading Wait for the Rain which is a contemporary fiction novel about Daphne, a recent forty year old divorcee who is still grieving for the loss of her marriage and the life she built. In this book, she reunites with her college best friends, the other two members of the “Three Musketeers”. They embark on a girls vacation to the Caribbean and it happens to be just what Daphne needs to reignite her spark!

I loved this book! I am totally in the mood for contemporaries at the moment and after reading this book (and Bridges), I have come to the realization that I really enjoy contemporary stories centered around groups of female friends. I love the friendship dynamic in these books and how the women are so uplifting to each other. Sure, like any group of friends, they have their rocky moments but they are ALWAYS there for each other.

I literally finished this book in a day and had alot of fun reading it. I was hooked almost immediately and just really fell in love with these characters, especially with Skylar…she’s the woman I want to be. This book pretty much had everything in it that I want to read in a contemporary.  I was SO happy that Daphne and Clay happened. But what I love most of all is that although what happened with Clay was great, it wasn’t ever the central focus of the story. I really appreciated that. I loved the bit of romance thrown in but I appreciated that the book stayed true to the core theme of friendship, empowerment and self discovery.  This is a PERFECT summer read so if you are looking for a book to take with you while you sunbathe at the beach, this is definitely one that I would recommend. 4.5 stars.

34602230It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it.

Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that becomes trickier when she sees Skylar’s spectacular apartment. Could her life have been like this if she’d chosen a different path?

What Daphne doesn’t know is she’s not the only one with a secret. Skylar and their friend KC are also holding something back, but what? As the trip unfolds, the truth about each woman emerges, along with tears.

And laughter. And love.

The fun-loving trio readers fell for in Wait for the Rain is together once more. Here’s to the power of friendship!

Immediately after reading Wait for the Rain, I dove right into Bridges where we follow the same set of friends during a Bachelorette weekend for Skylar, my favorite of the three. For various reasons, the girls have just gotten busy and fallen just a bit out of touch so another reunion is definitely due. They each are at seemingly pivotal and different stages of their lives and reconnecting with each other in Skylar’s home of New York where she has basically built herself an empire seems like the fun filled vacation that they all need. It is a weekend filled with fun, cocktails, messy date stories, reunions with former flings, tears, and lots and lots of love.

While I loved Wait for the Rain, I think Bridges is my favorite of the two and it may be because, even though Daphne is our main character, I still love love love Skylar and this story is set during her bachelorette weekend. After having read the book prior to this one, I knew that I was in for a treat when I started reading this book and I was right. I loved being back with the girls again. I swear that I feel like these girls are my best friends which I think is a testament to the great writing of these books. Also, I did want to make sure to mention that you don’t have to read Wait for the Rain in order to full enjoy Bridges. While there are allusions to events from the first book, they are completely explained and you never feel like you missed anything. Bridges can definitely stand on it’s own.

Both of these books are super fast reads. I started Bridges in the evening and before I knew it, it was four in the morning…I just couldn’t go to sleep without finishing it. Once again, I appreciated that through Daphne’s struggles she finds happiness and hope in herself, her friends and in her future – never in a man which I think is freaking awesome.

Bridges was released just this week so if you are interested in purchasing it, you can do so over at this Amazon link: Purchase Bridges by Maria Murnane. I definitely recommend both of these books if you love contemporary fiction especially those that have heartwarming female friendship, female empowerment themes and self discovery. They’re both full of laughs, drama and feels. I want to be them when I’m in my forties. 5 stars to Bridges!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday and Friday…and an even better weekend. Thank you for stopping in and as always, Happy Reading!

 

 

 

 

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