Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Running Against Traffic by Gaelen VanDenbergh Review


Paige Scott spent her childhood shuffled between relatives who ignored her, and her adult life hiding in her crumbling marriage to wealthy David Davenport. When David suddenly thrusts her into a remote, impoverished world, Paige is forced to face the betrayals of her past - not to mention the colorful townies of her present. Unexpected friendships and her discovery of running propel her on a jagged and comical journey toward learning how to truly live.

My Review:  3 stars

This book may be for other people. Personally, I did not connect with Paige at all until way towards the end. I feel badly that she was unceremoniously dumped in a small town with little money. But I completely felt disconnected from Paige's actions and those of her husband. When explanations did come, it was too late for me to change how I felt overall about the book. What person in their right mind would just take that? I certainly wouldn't, and I would think that someone with money and connections would pick up the phone right away instead of waiting for days. It was just too much for me to believe.  Yes, she does come to stand on her own and take care of herself, and that's always a positive. The other characters in the book were easier to like, some were adorable and sweet, and I did like that. I liked that Paige finally found herself and came to have real friends and people she could depend on. I just wish that I could have connected with Paige from the beginning instead of working so hard to like her. The writing style is good and easy to read as everything flows along. That was a definite plus. I'll keep Gaelen in mind for her next book and see if I connect any better. 

About the Author:
I am originally from the Philadelphia area. I went to boarding school in Maine, college in Boston, NYC, then back to Philadelphia, where I have been ever since. I have been writing since I could hold a pencil. Creative writing major in College, I have been working on novels over the years, but haven’t finished anything until now. Like Mitt Romney has binders full of women, I have binders full of unfinished novels. Resides in Philadelphia with husband, 7yr old daughter, a cat, several fish and a one-eyed dog.
Running Against Traffic is my first novel.

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