Art of Appreciation
December 17, 2013
My Review: 4 1/2 stars
A fantastic read that caters to those of us that are no longer in their 20's. Finally. Don't get me wrong, those are great books too. However, reading about someone who is or has gone through some of the same life challenges you have is refreshing. Makes you realize that it's not just the 20 year olds who have problems finding "the One". I liked this book from the beginning because of Sarah and Abby's relationship. They are best friends and do just about everything together; including being single when they both want something more. They decide the upcoming summer is about CHANGE. They decide to do something out of their normal to shake things up. Great call! They go to Santa Cruz and become immersed in the lifestyle there. They each meet a couple of guys, and while Abby chooses Jason initially, in the back of her mind is always the surfer she met the first day they arrived. Little does she know that the surfer, Matt, has been keeping an eye out for her as well. Things get a little complicated and choices must be made. In my opinion, Abby chooses well, because she knows deep down that she's found "the One". He knows it too. They have obstacle to overcome, like living on separate coasts, etc. But what it really comes down to is, what would you give up for "the One"? Would you do anything to stay together? I loved the entire storyline, the characters were fantastic and I really wouldn't mind a second book with most of the same characters. In fact, I would look forward to it. Great writing Autumn!
Autumn Markus traveled far and wide as a military brat, but her heart was always in the American west, where she was born. She hikes, reads and writes there still, along with snuggling her husband, four children, and a horsedog. She freelance edits for other authors, reviews Women’s Fiction for the New York Journal of Books, and is the author of the contemporary romances and . She is currently at work on her next novel.