The Year We Turned Forty: A Novel
Three friends make it to their fiftieth birthday which they promised they’d spend together, just like they spent their fortieth. While on their celebration trip, they are given the opportunity to go back in time, to their fortieth year, for a second chance. Jessie remembers giving birth to another man’s child and losing her husband when the secret gets out. Claire believes that may be the year she lost control of her daughter and suffered through the death of her mother. Gabriela wishes she had tried harder to have the baby she finally realized she wanted, long after her husband had stopped asking. After a brief reflection, they go back, knowing what they know now, and try to alter the past to make way for a better future. They quickly learn that some things are meant to happen, and that perhaps the only thing to come out of the visit back was a lesson learned.
Fenton and Steinke have written a story reminiscent of works by Liane Moriarty or Jen Lancaster. Readers will hope and yearn for the best, even when the characters are at their worst. A great read, this is the perfect one for book clubs and beaches.
Washington Square Press
Liz Fenton • Lisa Steinke