This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
The duo of Caroline and Jamie McAfee are super-close. Like two peas in a pod close. Both mother and daughter work on the TV show GUT IT!- and both enjoy the perks and privileges of being a part of the McAfee Construction team- even though Caroline is divorced from Jamie’s dad, Roy.
Life is good for the ladies. The latest season of GUT IT! has wrapped, Jamie has recently become engaged and Caroline is looking forward to continuing hosting GUT IT! next season and some other projects she’s got her eye on.
Then IT hits the fan……
Caroline finds out the day after her 56th birthday that the powers that be of the TV station want to replace her with a new host. Someone younger. Someone who is of the age of their target demographic. Caroline, having just turned 56, is feeling a bit out of sorts. She’s not young anymore and while she doesn’t necessarily want to be young again- she feels resentment at being pushed out of her hosting role.
Her resentment multiplies by ten when she finds out that the new host will be Jamie. And that is a hard pill to swallow.
Jamie, on the other hand, does not want to host GUT IT! With a wedding to plan, her architect duties, and life in general- she does not feel she has the time to shift to a more prominent role on GUT IT! With her dad pushing for this change (as well as her fiancee thinking it’s a good idea)- Jamie is at her wit’s end.
Then, life turns on a dime.
An accident turns Jamie’s world upside down- and puts her in the sole position of taking care of her 2 year old half-brother.
With both Caroline and Jamie facing problems and not feeling like they can turn to each other, the ladies are embarking on a journey that will change them in ways they never imagined. Will each lady find that they are ready to embrace the change and that ultimately this disagreement between them will make their relationship stronger?
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
This is my first Barbara Delinsky novel. I wasn’t sure what to expect- but I really liked the plot and I knew others had raved about SWEET SALT AIR. So, I took a chance and decided to read this.
At first, I was just kind of ho-hum about the book. Nothing was wrong with it- but it was just kind of slow. I stayed with the book, though, and it turned around for me around the half-way point (maybe a bit earlier).
I loved how both Jamie and Caroline, though fearful at times of the change in their lives, ultimately embraced things. I loved how Jamie did what was right for Taddy and found what she was looking for in life. I really loved how Caroline found that life does not end at 56 and that she was desirable and a real woman.
I loved the cover- it was so eye-catching and really fit in with the book.
Barbara takes themes that women grapple with- aging, finding love, motherhood, mother/daughter relationships and adds in the home improvement angle that paired perfectly with both mother/daughter’s life- and wrote a story that was heart-warming and touching.
Final thoughts: Could be too sappy at times for some readers- but fans of women’s fiction should enjoy this book. With the above-mentioned themes, book clubs will have plenty to discuss if they choose BLUEPRINTS as their next selection.
*Traveling With T was sent this book for review consideration by St. Martin’s Press. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T