This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Summary from Goodreads:
At thirty-five, Rebecca Williamson is surrounded by happy endings.
Her friends Suzanne and Marci are living out their own personal fairy tales in Atlanta. But despite Rebecca’s best efforts four years ago, her adorable college friend Jake Stillwell has officially slipped through her fingers and broken her heart. When Rebecca gets a frantic phone call from her mother back in Alabama, Rebecca is pulled back to the tiny town she worked so hard to leave behind and forced to face the hard truths about her family and past. A past that includes Deputy Alex Chen, who thinks of Rebecca as more than just an old friend’s kid sister. Can Rebecca navigate the chaos and get her life back to normal? Will Alex prove himself to be the friend she’s always needed? Or will she discover that the door to Jake is not as tightly closed as she thought?
M.J. Pullen returns in this final installment to the same captivating group of lovelorn friends, this time following the girl group’s frenemy, Rebecca, as she’s forced to confront her past. Raising the stakes, Pullen delivers an absorbing, romantic novel that poses the question, what if everything you were looking for was right where you started?
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
This is the last in the trilogy of 3 friends (sometimes frenemies) women living in Atlanta. While The Marriage Pact was a bit too My Best Friend’s Wedding meet Sex and The City for me at my current stage in live and Regrets Only was more satisfying- a more grown up version of chick lit- Baggage Check is where M.J. brings out big guns and deals with bigger issues (still totally readable, though).
Rebecca, who I never completely warmed to in previous books, really began to show what she was made of in Baggage Check. And, I began to like her more.
I take issue with the constant reference to her being a “snob” though. She likes things a certain way, she is particular- but an out and out snob- not so much. She’s just particular- and there is nothing wrong with that!
Bottom line- MJ deals with a serious issue in Baggage Check, an issue that gives you insight into Rebecca’s life. While there is still humor and laughs, the things that Rebecca has to face is enough to make some people want to scream and run away. So, kudos to her for facing a literary Goliath.
Overall, it’s a cute story with some hard edges of life in the book. I still recommend it as a beach read 🙂
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T