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Ladybird Adrift

September 4, 2018

This is the first time I have read this author, this book was very emotional.  It was a very well written book with a love story that will pull at your heartstrings. Same times I was questioning the females characters life choices that she made as to if this would really be the choice I would make in the same situation.  I would have liked a little more history into her younger life to see if maybe that would have given me more insight into her character.  She was a 30ish-year-old female how worked a very ordinary job had an ordinary life if a little bit boring.  She meets an older man at the Opera and at first dis-likes him but soon a friendship evolves.  We soon learn he is 60 years old????  Here is a question or is it just my ignorance to the age gap?

 

Putting all that aside it is a sweet story of love and commitment that will not leave you with that soft happy feeling at the end.  It will have you looking at yourself and asking what would I do in this situation?  It is 350 pages long and at times was a bit slow and at other time I wanted a bit more information or feeling from the characters.  I was given an ARC copy of this book and this is my honest and voluntary review of it.

 

I would give it only 3 half stars as I enjoyed it and read to the end but there was just something missing for me to give it more.  It's more of a thought-provoking read than a full-on romance novel as you will not get your HEA from this one but Life if not always the way we plan it to be anyway.  If you have a family history with Alzheimer's you may just find this a heavy read or you just might find it to be very helpful.

 

 

"I can’t remember the last time something as trivial as a gray hair had even crossed my mind. We have bigger problems these days. Different transformations."

 

Claudia "Ladybird" Johnson has always had a difficult life. With her 30th birthday fast approaching, she moves to the city in a desperate attempt to turn it all around. In a short period of time, her basic needs are met—she has new friends, a new job, and a place to live... but she soon realizes that New York City is not the band-aid she thought it would be.

 

Enter Victor Raines, a kindred spirit 30 years her senior. A professor of literature at Columbia, his confidence draws Claudia in, despite her initial reluctance. As their relationship develops, Claudia discovers a clearer sense of self than she thought possible.

However, as Claudia blossoms, Victor begins to deteriorate. Moody and withdrawn, every day he is less like the man she fell in love with. Together they must struggle to make each moment count... but how long can she keep the fog from closing in?

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