This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a honest review.
Sarah is tired of her job. Tired of life in New York City. When an opportunity arises to trade in their NYC life for a year in Virginia- a year where her husband, Josh, can teach at a university, where Sarah can figure out where she wants to be in life career-wise and oh yeah- where they can work on making a baby- Sarah jumps on it.
Sarah is not sure she wants a baby. Her mom was not bad, but Sarah feels that her mom might have regretted becoming a mother and what she had to give up in life- Sarah does not want that for herself (or to make her child feel this way). But, they move to Virginia and Josh quickly adjusts to life. Sarah, not so much. She can’t drive- she has panic attacks when she gets behind the wheel. It wasn’t a big deal when she was living in NYC, land of taxis and mass transportation, but in Virginia- it’s a big deal. So, at 36, Sarah starts taking driving lessons.
When Sarah’s best friend forever, Mona, finds out some health news, Sarah decides that she needs to go back to New York to help her. While back in New York, Sarah begins to re-evaluate her reluctance to have a baby. And she begins to see her sister-in-law, Kate, an over-achiever who has just had her first baby in a new light.
With the help of Mona and Kate, plus the driving lessons- Sarah’s desires- career and family-wise become crystal clear. The women discover that having a connection, being there for each other is worth more than letting fears get in the way. And Sarah learns to not let first impressions be final impressions about life in Virginia.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
This is my first Zoe Fishman book and I enjoyed the story. Sarah is dealing with topics that everyday people deal with and that makes her very relatable. The stories of Kate and Mona also add an relevant angle to the storyline.
DRIVING LESSONS is a cute story, a light read. There is not a lot of drama, even as Sarah is questioning things- you, the reader, can see the writing on the wall and know that life will turn out ok. This is not a bad thing, though- in fact, it’s refreshing in a world of books that are trying to insert unnecessary drama.
Overall, if you are looking for a quick read- something with some fun, a light tone and characters that are relatable- try DRIVING LESSONS.
*This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T