Review by Marlene Engel
For many women, turning the big 4-0 is not a birthday that is greatly anticipated. In Maggie’s case, it’s on her 39th birthday that she starts questioning choices she’s made and wonders if she’s missing out on life. Although she has great friends, a loving family, and an amazing boyfriend, doubts and fears begin to surface. She starts to rethink what she wants out of life while not allowing her age to define her. She even goes as far as proposing a “break” with her live-in boyfriend, Doug. Citing that it will give her time to figure out what she wants in the future years, but her decision backfires when Doug, obviously offended, calls off the relationship altogether. Now single, Maggie is forced to sort out how she wants her life to be while not following what society maps out appropriate for a woman of her age.
I just turned 40 this year and I wasn’t sure how I would feel. Unlike Maggie, I’m not single and I do have kids but turning 40 did have me thinking about how I want the next 40 years of my life to be. I have to say, it wasn’t the traumatic event that I hear other women talking about. I may be a rarity in this, but I am excited to start a new decade and am not ashamed or embarrassed to tell people my real age!
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About the Author:
A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing chick lit and contemporary women’s fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hard-working trademark paralegal and her still single (but looking) status. Meredith is also the co-founder of BookBuzz, a live author/reader event held annually. She is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner. How Do You Know? is her fourth novel. To learn more, visit her at www.meredithschorr.com.
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