Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Satisfaction by Andee Reilly

by Andee Reilly

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @andeereilly

Just released: August 4, 2015
Publisher: SparkPress
Genre: Chick-lit
Paperback: 316 pages
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
Ginny braced herself. Adrenaline pulsed through her veins as the audience roared in anticipation and jumped to their feet.

When 22-year-old Ginny Martin discovers her husband has been cheating on her, she strikes back by purchasing tickets to every concert on the Rolling Stones North American tour with their shared credit card, packing up the car, and taking to the road. As she follows the Rolling Stones from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City, Ginny experiences freedom for the first time—and begins to deal with the insecurities and limiting beliefs that have kept her suburban life far too small.

Bree Cooper is a nomad, a free-spirited drifter, and a mother who abandoned responsibility—and her young daughter. When Ginny meets Bree at a roadside diner, they impulsively make the decision to throw their lot in together. In each other, they find a friendship that they have both longed for: Bree gives Ginny a chance to have a mother figure who inspires independence and encourages confidence, while Ginny gives Bree a chance to get parenting right on the second try. Together, they find the courage to break free of the past—and to blaze new paths to happiness.

My two-bits:

Loved the mashup of road trip, music and independent women.

Also loved the bonding between the two main characters, Ginny and Bree, who were able to form a friendship despite there differences in age and experiences.

This story had a Thelma and Louise (film) vibe that kept a fun pace to the end.

Lessons learned from the past and in the present created wonderful character development for both characters. Warm and fuzzy feelings gained for the two made me root for their success.

Got me listening to tracks and watching old song videos from The Rolling Stones. And now, I want to see their documentary.

About the author:
Andee Reilly was born and raised in Los Angeles. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside and teaches literature and writing at California State University, Channel Islands. When not teaching or writing, she can be found surfing the beaches of Southern California and Maui.

She fell in love with the Rolling Stones as a teenager, and their music has long served as an inspiration to her writing. Satisfaction is her debut novel.


* added to my COYER challenge/scavenger hunt (details)

* review copy courtesy of BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2015 (details). @booksparks #SRC2015
Destination: Road trip from L.A. To OK

* part of my Armchair Summer Travel (details) - check it out to enter Armchair Summer Travel Book Box Giveaway

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