When Girlfriends Let Go
written by Savannah Page
published by Pearls and Pages
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: I enjoyed parts of it. Other parts, not so much.
I have come to love these girlfriends. And I couldn’t wait to catch up on the lives of Lara, Claire, Robin, Sophie, Emily, and Jackie. These are girlfriends that you want in your life. They all get along, but they aren’t afraid to tell you how it is, even if it will hurt you. They are there for each other. They get together and share laughs. They are a great bunch of women. And when I found out this book, When Girlfriends Let Go, was about Jackie, I was extra excited. I wanted to know more about her.
Jackie’s story was a hard one for me to get behind. Granted, Jackie was my least favorite girlfriend from the beginning. For most of the book, I thought she was a spoiled brat that needed to get over herself and wake up. I had a really hard time rooting for her, caring about her, or even feeling sorry for her. I felt sorry for her past, but not her present situation. I thought she was immature and rather annoying.
So, why did I keep on reading? That’s a good question. There were a few times that I wanted to give up, call it a DNF, and move on. However, I kept on reading because I wanted to know what was going in the lives of the other girls. I wanted to see how they would help Jackie. I wanted to hear the advice they gave her and whether or not it would have been the advice I would have given her. It was because of them that I finished this book.
I’m glad I did finish this book. I liked the ending, a lot. It was a bit predictable for me, but I liked it nonetheless. I’m looking forward to the final story in the When Girlfriends series, When Girlfriends Find Love.
Would I recommend it: Yes, if you have read the first books in the series. If you have not read them, do not start with this book, read the first five books first. (The links are to my reviews.)
- When Girlfriends Break Hearts
- When Girlfriends Chase Dreams
- When Girlfriends Make Choices
- When Girlfriends Step Up
- When Girlfriends Take Chances
About the book – from Goodreads: A novel about love, self-discovery, and realizing sometimes you have to let go.
Jackie Kittredge is the consummate drama queen living the charmed life. She’s enthusiastic, outspoken, and is always looking for a good time. At twenty-seven she’s got a swanky Seattle townhouse, a wealthy husband, a designer wardrobe, the best of girlfriends, and a calendar filled not with meetings and deadlines, but spa appointments and happy hour reminders. On the outside, she’s got it all.
On the inside, though, Jackie’s charmed life isn’t as it seems. She’s seeing a therapist, battling the demons of coming from a broken home and a past of promiscuity and heavy drinking. She can be selfish and demanding, sometimes even wearing her best friends thin. And now her marriage—what she thought could be her solid foundation—is on the rocks. Her husband Andrew spends nearly all his time at the office (and possibly with his secretary), and apologizes for his absence with lavish gifts and empty promises.
Miserable and desperate, Jackie questions if her marriage is worth fighting for. Then a string of events begins to put things into perspective…into a perspective she didn’t quite anticipate. With her best friends by her side and some tough love, Jackie finds herself not only asking if she’s where she belongs, but if she’s who she’s supposed to be.
This is a passionate story about having to answer some of life’s most important and difficult questions. It’s a story about fear, courage, and personal growth. About what happens when girlfriends let go.
About the author: Savannah Page is the author of the seven-novel When Girlfriends collection, heartfelt women’s fiction that celebrates friendship, love, and life sprinkled with drama and humor. When she isn’t writing, Savannah enjoys a good book with a latte and jazz tunes, Pilates, and exploring her home of Berlin as an American expat.