Monday, August 1, 2016

#MMBBR #FirstLine #Review #InTwentyYears by @aswinn


Twenty years ago, six Penn students shared a house, naively certain that their friendships would endure—until the death of their ringleader and dear friend Bea splintered the group for good. Now, mostly estranged from one another, the remaining five reluctantly gather at that same house on the eve of what would have been Bea’s fortieth birthday.

But along with the return of the friends come old grudges, unrequited feelings, and buried secrets. Catherine, the CEO of a domestic empire, and Owen, a stay-at-home dad, were picture-perfect college sweethearts—but now teeter on the brink of disaster. Lindy, a well-known musician, is pushing middle age in an industry that’s all about youth and slowly self-destructing as she grapples with her own identity. Behind his smile, handsome plastic surgeon Colin harbors the heartbreaking truth about his own history with Bea. And Annie carefully curates her life on Instagram and Facebook, keeping up appearances so she doesn’t have to face the truth about her own empty reality.

Reunited in the place where so many dreams began, and bolstered by the hope of healing, each of them is forced to confront the past.


Admittedly, it was an overly nostalgic idea. 

Allison Winn Scotch

I'm the author of a bunch of novels, including THE THEORY OF OPPOSITES, TIME OF MY LIFE, and my next and sixth novel, IN TWENTY YEARS, which will be released on July 1, 2016.

As an author, I know how brutal reviews can be, so I'll only post about books I've enjoyed. (Just in case you're wondering why all of my reviews are positive!)

I have to say that the first line of this book is a great one: Admittedly, it was an overly nostalgic idea.  This story makes the reader nostalgic throughout.  Many of us wish to go back and change things or long for days past, so this book was one that I could relate to.  I appreciated that the book had several points of view.  I enjoy getting into the minds of each character because it adds such depth to the story.  I love how this story tinkers with what is perceived by others and what is actual truth.  I love that the preconceived notions are whittled away as the truth and past are reveled.  This is a great book club pick and summer/fall read!  4 stars

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