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“For fans of women’s fiction with a little romance thrown in…” ―Library Journal
“Witty, warm, and engaging, Adulting explores the most unlikely friendship between life coach Olivia Han and her self-destructive client Chase London as each woman―by facing past secrets on a journey of personal growth―discovers a second chance at love.” ―Christine Nolfi, bestselling author of The Passing Storm
“Adulting is a charming, moving and heartfelt novel about two women―both hot messes―finding out just what they’re truly made of.” ―Falguni Kothari, USA Today bestselling author
“In Adulting, Liz Talley gives us an uplifting story of second chances and paints a poignant reminder that sometimes in life you have to stop living what others expect of you, and hit restart knowing what you expect of yourself.” ―Kay Bratt, international bestselling author of Wish Me Home
“Liz Talley’s prose is crisp and clear, her characters achingly flawed and seriously funny in this redemptive story of self-discovery about the families we find and the sisters we keep.” ―Virginia Kantra, New York Times bestselling author
About the Author
Liz Talley is the USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding War, Room to Breathe, and Come Home to Me, as well as the Morning Glory series, the Home in Magnolia Bend series, and many more novels, novellas, and short fiction. A finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards, Liz has found a home writing heartwarming contemporary romance. Her stories are set in the South, where the tea is sweet, the summers are hot, and the porches are wide. Liz lives in North Louisiana with her childhood sweetheart, two handsome children, three dogs, and a naughty kitty. To learn more about the author and her upcoming novels, readers can visit www.liztalleybooks.com.
- Publisher : Montlake (1 April 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 334 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542026032
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542026031
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 317,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book covers both the joys and darkness of life. I also like the idea of therapists and counsellors need to but don't take their own advice. The book has great character development as well. I don't think either of the main characters are the same by the end of the book as they are st the start.
A great book about finding yourself, and owning your life. There are some dark moments and secrets that will come out in this book. A very good read.
Chase London is a child star, thrown into fame's spotlights from a young age, but, as is the story for many, the fame doesn't translate as well as an adult.
Battling addiction, rehab, and a failing career, she ends up in the hands of therapist, Olivia Han, who's been hired to straighten her out and get her ready for her next role.
They end up in a small wooden cabin, inherited by Olivia and her sister, Neve, as an opportunity for Chase to learn how to Adult - something she has never been taught to do. Simple tasks, such as grocery shopping, clearing leaves from a garden as well as the simple pleasures of eating a candy apple or going fishing.
On the surface, it seems like a straightforward story of spoilt rich kid needs bringing down a peg or two, but quite quickly, the story shows the depth of trauma that Chase has suffered over the years; something quite tangled for Olivia to unpick.
Beyond that, the treatment ends up being a time of reflection for Olivia, as well, facing some disturbing truths from her own life, building bridges and burning some, too.
Of course, there is the element of relationships, too.
Olivia is avoiding her supposed 'soulmate', and Chase has never really thought about the future, and who might be her 'one'.
A touching book, with some moments to make you smile, but equally, some distressing moments, with talks of child abuse, but handled sensitively.
It was quite sad as it hinges on some truths - fame and fortune being fleeting, hangers on, knowing who your friends are when the chips are down - or maybe, as is the case, not. It's all too vivid a picture of the many high profile actresses and slebs, both in the US and UK, that have hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons and you can't help wonder why they had no one to deliver some tough love, as Olivia ended up doing.
It's also quite cliché as it quotes a little too much, and with a feel of cutting and pasting, from life-coaching books and counselling affirmations. It lacked believability but at the same time, it had a ring of truth in how damaged some in our westernised world are, compared to those in the world who have far less material stuff and more of the stuff that matters.
I couldn't quite believe the HEA for the lead females. It had a touch of the Bollywood rose-tinted specs that didn't have the right ring of truth, but for who Chase and Olivia were, and for how life had treated them, and yes for the strength of character that both showed, it was fitting.