ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Is there room in one little hometown for four very different Lindas to reinvent their lives … together?
Once upon a time in a little town on the Oregon coast lived four Lindas—all in the same first-grade classroom. So they decided to go by their middle names. And form a club. And be friends forever. But that was forty-seven years and four very different lives ago. Now a class reunion has brought them all together in their old hometown—at a crossroads in their lives.
Janie is a high-powered lawyer with a load of grief. Abby is a lonely housewife in a beautiful oceanfront empty nest. Marley is trying to recapture the artistic free spirit she lost in an unhappy marriage. And the beautiful Caroline is scrambling to cope with her mother’s dementia and a Hollywood career that never really happened. Together, they’re about to explore the invigorating reality that even the most eventful life has second acts … and friendship doesn’t come with a statue of limitations.
If you would like to read the first chapter of As Young As We Feel, go HERE.
MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS:
As Young As We Feel is the kind of book that gets my attention immediately. I have always been drawn to books that explore relationships and friendships. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. Unfortunately, I’m very disappointed. Disappointed to the point I’ve been fretting for days about volunteering to participate in this blog tour. I don’t often give a personal review, but with this one I feel compelled to do so.
It’s my opinion that the first thirty pages of As Young As We Feel are extremely problematic. Those pages were a bumpy ride (or read) for me. Ms. Carlson must have settled into her story by page 50 because I found myself settling in too, and not being as offended by things that yanked me out of the story.
I did like the POV switching with each new chapter. Carlson handled this skillfully. However, the dialogue doesn’t seem real to me, and neither do the characters. They are older women who came across as teens, and I can’t help but think that Carlson hasn’t successfully made the transition from writing for teens to writing for adults. The depth of story and character is sorely lacking in this book. In fact, it borders closely to a first draft.
I know as soon as I post this review, I will regret it. I don’t like offering negative comments about something that can’t be fixed. I discussed this with my critique group who challenged me to be honest. Christians are honest, they said. But then my husband says, “Is telling the truth worth hurting another person?”
I guess the thing that bothers me the most is that I’m putting myself in Carlson’s place. I think someone let her down. Who was it? Her critique group? Her editor? Melody Carlson is a story teller, but her writing needs the fine eye of critique partners and a good editor. This author has written as many as 90 books. I don't care how many books an author publishes, she should never quit learning and she should always strive for writing excellence ... in spite of a deadline. Quality should always trump quantity.