- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 521 KB
- Print Length: 300 pages
- Publisher: Lakewater Press; 1 edition (24 October 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0764KZP34
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 20 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #715,736 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Summer Springsteen's Songs Saved Me: A Warm and Inspiring Novel Kindle Edition
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This book is not my normal genre but an easy summer read, especially fun for Springsteen fans. The heroine often recalls one of the Boss's songs when reacting to a situation or trying to figure out what to do. For a while, this was an entertaining gimmick, but about half way through it began to feel forced and I grew tired of it.
I'm all for feeling young at heart, but at times the 50-year-old heroine acted too much like a teenager. Still, if you're female and have warm memories of life at the Jersey shore, I think you'll enjoy it. Some Jersey shore landmarks are mentioned in the book. Maybe it will translate for other beaches, too. I don't know.
That last thing that Sofia expected when she stopped Home, was to find her husband in a compromising position, especially on this already emotional day. What else could she do except to set their clothes on fire and of course key up his beloved Porsche with a wonderful new nickname for him. Sofia jumps in her car, turns on The Boss and drives!! She ends up in Bradley Beach, New Jersey. Deciding to put her marriage behind her, she needs and wants to start over. With the help of her best friend and some new found ones, that is exactly what she plans to do.
The basic plot, although one that we at first are sure that we know - an older woman, facing the loss of love and the encountering of past sorrows, wants a new start - turns original in the hands of the author. Though full of demons, Sofia's journey is warm, optimistic and often fun. An appealing cast of character, the anticipation of Sofia's redemption in the arms of a worthy lover, the surprising plot twists, and Quinn's deft and convincing dialogue, propel one to turn page after page to learn what happens to Sofia; every step along the way narrated by Springsteen's lyrics.
Sofia is the heroine of the work and the reader is always looking out for her, fearing the obstacles and dangers that lie ahead, but always satisfied with her response. Although she has both real and imagined weaknesses, which have done much to shape her past, she shows courage, resilience and grit in trying to find a better place in her new world of Bradley Beach. It is not that Sofia is perfect, but she is someone for whom we can root wholeheartedly.
This is a small but beautifully told story, and one that makes you look at your own life through the lens of Sofia's doubts and insecurities, and her realization that the hurts and disappointments of the past are partially of her own doing and thus she holds in her own hands the making of the future that she wants.
This is a book to be read (preferably on a beach with all of Springsteen's songs at your finger-tips) and Barbara Quinn is an author to be followed.