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Review: The Way Life Should Be

December 5, 2014

The Way Life Should Be

Angela is a successful New York City event planner who is beginning to wonder if she’ll ever meet Mr. Right.  When a friend has some success with an online dating service she decides to give it a try too.  She finds someone who looks interesting and quickly gets caught up in messaging him.  So caught up in fact that she makes a major mistake at work and loses her job.  On a whim and a prayer, she decides to pack things up and move to Maine to live with her online paramour.

Of course, things in Maine aren’t what she expected – her fantasy guy turns out to be a nightmare.  Still, there’s something charming about the island and its people and, slowly but surely, Angela finds herself making a life for herself in her new home.

My book club was lucky enough to be chosen for Book Club Girl‘s new 6 month program and the first book we chose to read was The Way Life Should Be by Christina Baker Kline.  When I started the book, I thought it was going to be light and fluffy so I was pleasantly surprised when I found it had some depth to it.

Angela is a wonderfully written character.   She felt like someone I could know so I think many women will be able to relate to her.  She’s worked hard and has a great career but feels a void in her life but she can’t figure how to fill it.   She thinks maybe meeting the right guy will help.  Things don’t turn out the way she thought they would, though, and the lessons Angela’s Italian grandmother taught her in the kitchen help her realize what’s important in life.

The Way Life Should Be was a quick, comforting read for me and I thought it was wonderful!  It not only has well drawn characters, a great story, and wonderful writing – it has recipes!  The copy I have also contains an interview with the author and reading group questions!  My book club was ready to use the questions but found we had plenty to discuss without them.  Even though we’re all older than Angela, we could relate to her and her desire for love.  We had a lot to say about her relationships with her family and friends as well.  Every member of my book club enjoyed the book and said they’d like to read more of Kline’s work.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
19 Comments leave one →
  1. December 5, 2014 4:07 am

    Sounds like a real life story!

  2. December 5, 2014 5:43 am

    I read this a few years ago and enjoyed it. There really is a sign when entering Maine from the south that says Welcome to Maine – The Way Life Should Be.

  3. December 5, 2014 7:33 am

    The Way Life Should Be is my favorite Christina Baker Kline book.

  4. December 5, 2014 8:58 am

    I finally picked up The Orphan Train. Everybody has been raving about it. I will eventually get to it. If I like it as much as people tell me I will, then I can grab this one – and bury it in my TBR pile with the other 30 books!

  5. December 5, 2014 10:16 am

    Kathy, The Way Life Should Be sounds like a book I’d also enjoy a great deal. Lovely review! I like that the book features some recipes. It really sounds like a wonderful book.

  6. December 5, 2014 10:51 am

    This sounds like a book I would enjoy, and I love that it includes recipes!! I’m adding it to my list!

  7. December 5, 2014 11:22 am

    I have enjoyed books by this author, so this one is definitely going on my list. Thanks for sharing.

  8. December 5, 2014 12:08 pm

    I have this book on my kindle but haven’t gotten to it yet! I used to live in Maine, and their official slogan is Maine- The Way Life Should Be 🙂 Sounds like a great read and I will get to it soon, hopefully.

  9. December 5, 2014 12:16 pm

    This sounds like a book I would enjoy! It also reminds me that still have Orphan Train unread on my kindle…

  10. sandynawrot permalink
    December 5, 2014 12:40 pm

    I loved Orphan Train (both book clubs have read it) so I do believe in her ability to create fascinating characters. I’m going to keep my eye on this one.

  11. Patty permalink
    December 5, 2014 12:55 pm

    Oh my! I love the way you wrote about this…plus it’s Maine!

  12. December 5, 2014 2:13 pm

    This sounds like a great read! I’ve added it to my holds list at the library.

  13. December 5, 2014 5:46 pm

    It sounds like a wonderful book

  14. December 5, 2014 10:29 pm

    Sounds good.

  15. December 6, 2014 1:42 am

    I like the sound of this one, and that it includes recipes! Glad you and your book club enjoyed it.

  16. Beth F permalink
    December 6, 2014 7:30 am

    I have this on my list and now I really want to read it. Perfect for the hectic holiday season.

  17. booksnyc permalink
    December 7, 2014 5:35 pm

    I haven’t read any books by this author yet but this one is on my shelf. It sounds interesting and am glad to hear it is well written!

  18. December 9, 2014 10:55 pm

    Wow, the whole group liked it. I’ll have to add it to my list!

  19. bookingmama permalink
    December 10, 2014 8:08 am

    I was just telling my book club about this novel last night at our meeting. I love Christina Baker Kline’s novels and this sounds like another winner!

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