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{book report} the year we turned forty & the light we lost

 

I’m back. I miss my blog. There have been a lot of adventures and books read this year. I will be playing catch up on my posts. Things that makes me happy right now are adventures, travelling, books and making memories. That will be reflected on my posts here.

Happy Summer and most importantly….happy reading season!!!

THE YEAR WE TURNED 40

The Year We Turned Forty by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke  (3.5/5)

” If you could repeat one year of your life, what would you do differently? This book is about three best friends who get the chance to return to the year they turned forty—the year that altered all of their lives, in ways big and small—and also get the opportunity to change their future.”

If you can suspend disbelief about the time travel part, the rest of the story is quite relatable. This book was thought provoking, discussing issues which as women we can all relate to: marriage, motherhood, fertility, faithfulness, priorities, regret, second chances, and letting go

I understand that there is always a “turning point” in one’s life that seems to set events in motion and it’s easy to feel that if that period of time was different then life would be much easier. But I strongly believe every day is a chance to start fresh and make things right again. Learn from your past, let it go, and move forward anew. We all possess the power to take control of our own life – use it! .

Memorable Quotes:

“You never really get over losing someone or something you love. But the world keeps moving and you have to also or you will get lost. Learning to accept things and move on isn’t a weakness, it’s a strength.” .

“You make all your mistakes with your own children so by the time your grandchildren arrive, you know how to get it right. Plus, once you turn fifty, you kind of stop giving a shit what others think. .

“As humans, we often let our egos rule our decisions. We let fear stop us from reaching our true potential. We forget about love. But the heart, it never forgets. No matter what happens, no matter how hard things get, it always remembers.”

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The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo  4/5

“Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning. Lucy & Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on 9/11, a day that changes both of their lives forever. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes them continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.”

I’m still drying the tears . I picked this book because of it’s cover, with the New York scenery and a bittersweet title…sure, I’m in. The theme in focus isn’t love, in my opinion, but more about choices and priorities you make in life. .

If you are like me, a lover of love, believes in fate and a sentimental dreamer….then you will love this book. It’s a very good book, not light, not heavy..it’s emotionally engaging and there maybe tears, but it will be worth it.

Memorable Quotes:

Some relationships feel like a wildfire-they’re powerful and compelling and majestic and dangerous and have the capability to burn you before you even realize you’ve been consumed…..some relationships feel like a hearth fire-they’re solid and stable and cozy and nourishing.

“There are people we come across during our lives who, after they drift out of our worlds, drift out for good. Even if we see them again, it’s a quick, meaningless hi and how are you? There are other people, though, with whom things pick up right where the relationship left off, whenever we run into them. The level of comfort—it feels like no time has passed.”

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