Genre Women's Fiction, Chick Lit Publication.Date July 11th 2013 Pages: 367 Published By: Pearls & Pages Website Savannah Page When Girlfriends Take Chances Goodreads My review copy: I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.
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A novel about exploring love and life's path, and taking chances along the way.
Emily Saunders has never thought twice about grabbing her passport, rucksack, and camera and trekking across the globe. If there's an NGO, a study abroad program, or simply the travel itch, Emily's on the first plane out. Free-spirited, open-minded, and eager to explore, it's no wonder Emily's hardly in one spot (or relationship) for long.
For the past year and a half, though, Emily's found herself planted in her college hometown of Seattle. She's surrounded by her best friends, has steady work as a photographer and at her friend Sophie's café, and is certainly kept busy by the wild antics of her BFF Jackie. Life's enjoyable, but Emily's looking for something more. She's ready for a change, for adventure!
But when Emily tells her girlfriends she's ready for something new she does not expect Operation Blind Date!
Sure, Emily's single. Sure, she hopes to some day find true love. But being thrown into an insane challenge like this is not exactly the adventure she had in mind! Couldn't she just travel and focus on her photography? Or volunteer in Africa? Will a string of eligible bachelors lined up by her friends--a shot at finding a real and lasting love--really be that change she's searching for?
This is a spirited story about seeking adventure while being true to yourself, wherever you are in life. It's a story about love, risk, and self-discovery. About what happens when girlfriends take chances.
"I simply couldn't fathom life without a camera and a passport in hand. There's so much to see, to experience, and, naturally, to capture on film. So the freelance job I have going right now is the perfect combination of laidbackness, a hint of adventure, and a way to express my passion for the art of photography."
"Bobby and I think we might have a match for you," Robin slowly reveals. "Not sure, but maybe--" "I know!" Claire abruptly shouts. "I've got the best idea ever!" Before she can say it, the reality of what could result from Robin's suggestion makes my stomach churn, and I wish I had a shovel so I could dig myself a hole, get inside, and cover myself up. I just know what's coming next.
True love develops when its one that demands you take a chance. It requires risk. It's taking one giant leap of faith when you have absolutely no idea what fate has in store for you. But you know that whatever the future may hold, you don't want to go it alone. You want to let the wind sweep your sails across those charted and uncharted waters with that special someone who wants to experience that very same traveling adventures as you, with you, no matter where you find yourselves.
Emily isn't really the typical women who wants to get married and pop out 2.5 children. She is adventurous and driven. She loves her camera and doing freelance photography work because it doesn't come with much commitment. Emily doesn't stay in one place very long. She is always looking for her next travel adventure. It is surprising that she's stayed put this long in Seattle but her girlfriends have had weddings and new babies so she has been happy to stay. Now she is at the point of feeling restless again. Still there is a that tiny voice in her head. When will love find me?
The friendship of these six women is such a joy to read. I just love the way they are always looking out for each other and there is no jealousy. They genuinely want the best for each other and they even want to help them find the best if they can. Hence, Emily's well meaning friends come up with the blind date challenge. They each get to find the "perfect man" for Emily and she has to go out with each one and pick the one she thinks she will fall in love with. It sounds simple but Emily is not really sure. Is her perfect man out there? Do her girlfriends really know what she needs? It was hilarious to watch the dates that ensue.
Savannah Page's writing style is easy to read, and fast paced. There aren't any points that just drag for the reader. There is always something going on.
If you enjoy women's fiction, I definitely recommend you read this series. They can be read as solo novels, but the series is so much fun, I believe you should just read them all.
Savannah Page is the author of the continuing 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. Currently she's working on the seventh and final When Girlfriends novel, and is cooking up something delicious for her next series.
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