• Hardcover: 304 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (March 14, 2017)
From USA Today bestselling author Meg Donohue comes a mystery, a love story, and a mother-daughter tale about two women on a precarious journey to uncover their true selves.
Passionate and funny, radio personality Gail Gideon is a true original. Nine years ago when Gail’s husband announced that he wanted a divorce, her ensuing on-air rant propelled her local radio show into the national spotlight. Now, “The Gail Gideon Show” is beloved by millions of single women who tune-in for her advice on the power of self-reinvention. But fame comes at a price. After all, what does a woman who has staked her career on being single do when she finds herself falling in love? And is the person who is harassing her in increasingly troubling ways a misguided fan or a true danger to Gail and her daughter, Nic?
Fourteen-year-old Nic has always felt that she pales in comparison to her vibrant, outgoing mother. Plagued by a fear of social situations, she is most comfortable at the stable where she spends her afternoons. But when a riding accident lands Nic in the hospital, she awakens from her coma changed. Suddenly, she has no fear at all and her disconcerting behavior lands her in one risky situation after another. And no one, least of all her mother, can guess what she will do next…
About Meg Donohue
Meg Donohue is the USA Today bestselling author of How to Eat a Cupcake, All the Summer Girls, and Dog Crazy. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband, three children, and dog.
Nine years ago radio personality, Gail Gideon, was surprised and angry when her husband told her he wanted a divorce. She took to the air waves of her local radio show and went on a long rant about it. This rant earned Gail a national radio show entitled The Gail Gideon Show. Her show is not about putting down men, but focuses rather teaching women about the power they have within themselves to be the best women they can be. It is about discovering one’s own self-worth and being proud of who one is. She has millions of faithful fans who rely on her advice.
Every famous person has some detractors, and Gail is not immune. When a call makes it through the screening process at the studio and is on the air, Gail is told by the sobbing person that she has ruined the caller’s family and now the caller is going to ruin her family. Gail was stalked by a fan in the past and had to get a restraining order against that fan. This person seems to be someone entirely different. Gail plans to be safe, but as threatening things begin to occur, she is worried about her daughter, Nicola’s, safety.
Gail adores her 14 year old daughter who goes by the name of Nic. Nic is a sweet girl, but is not outgoing and verbal like her mother. In fact, Nic has always been socially awkward and tongue-tied. She has a stuttering problem and hides in the back seats of classrooms dreading to be called on to speak aloud in class. She has one good friend, Lila, but otherwise prefers her horse Yours Truly, AKA Tru, to any other interaction.
Nic gets nervous around a senior hottie named Luke who is her study partner. She’s petrified of an assignment in which she has to recite a passage from Shakespeare in front of the class. On top of that she is afraid she’ll be the next victim of the KirkeLurke7, a mean person at school who has an Instagram account in which uncool students are made the butt of cruel comments.
Things start to change after Nic defies her riding coach and goes off on a ride through a muddy trail in the forest. For some unknown reason, Nic she also decides to have her horse jump over a tree that had fallen across the trail after the storm. The jump is unsuccessful and Nic ends up hitting the ground. Despite having worn her helmet, Nic sustains a serious head injury. The outcome is strange, but interesting.
Remember the angry caller? This anonymous person has smashed the headlights of her chauffeur’s car and somehow gets into Gail’s home, leaving a bouquet of dead flowers.
Gail is offered a TV show, but she will have to move to LA. Does she uproot her daughter? Maybe to get away from the person who accused her of ruining her life? Her daughter’s safety is paramount.
I had not read any of Meg Donohue’s previous books. I had the opportunity to read this novel in exchange for a review. It was a nice story, though it wasn’t my cup of milk. In my mind I would classify it under the genre “chick lit.” This is not a genre I really read. However, the writing style was good and there were a few surprises that I didn’t expect. Overall, I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.
I am grateful for the opportunity to have read a book by an authoress I hadn’t read before. Thank you. Happy Reading!!