The story begins at the Four Lindas thirty fifth high school reunion in Clifden, Oregon. I've never been to the Pacific Northwest, but this could easily have taken place in my hometown of Rochdale, Massachusetts. Truly, these characters could have stepped out of any one's thirty fifth class reunion. The friends arrived for the usual class reunion experience. Except at this one a classmate has a heart attack on the dance floor and dies, causing the group to wonder where they are in their own lives, spurring some soul searching about life, love, family and what's next.
Melody Carlson's writing was so clear that it was as if she lifted this one from the pages of her own life (or mine). If you are a Christian you will find yourself asking these fictional women to pray, to seek the One who has the answers and is not surprised by the plot twists in their lives. You will read between the lines and relate to the Four Lindas as they continue to seek answers to the big questions.
I'm challenging myself to do the same.
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
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.
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