Girls’ Weekend by Cara Sue Achterberg – Book Review
Girls’ Weekend by Cara Sue Achterberg – Blog Tour Review
Author – Cara Sue Achterberg
Publisher – Fiction Studio Books
Pages – 352
Release Date – 3rd May 2016
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Dani, Meg, and Charlotte have bonded over babies, barbeques, and backyards, but when they escape for a girls’ weekend away, they can’t bring themselves to return to lives that don’t seem to fit anymore.
Harried Dani can’t explain why she feels so discontented until she meets a young gallery owner who inspires her to rediscover the art that once made her happy.
Dependable Meg faces up to a grief that threatens to swallow her whole and confronts a marriage built on expectations.
Flamboyant Charlotte, frustrated with her stagnated life and marriage, pursues a playboy Irish singer and beachside business opportunities.
All three of these women thought they would be different. None of them thought they’d be facing down forty and still wondering when life starts. What they do when they realize where they’re headed is both inspiring and wildly entertaining.
Dani, Meg and Charlotte have been friends for a long time. Over the years, each of them has got married and had children. Caught up with being a mum, a wife, a taxi driver for their children, PTA meetings, homework etc they never seem to have any time to just be themselves.
When Charlotte suggests a weekend away to Sunset Beach, just the three of them, eventually after some persuading of their husbands, Dani and Meg agree.
However in those two short days, the women come to realise that they are more than just a wife and mother, and decide they need to stay for longer to ‘find themselves’ again.
But will distance and time away from their families work out for each of them?
Girls’ Weekend is a poignant story of three women who find themselves at a crossroad in their lives. They like being mum and wife, but they realise that over the years they have stopped being just Dani, Meg and Charlotte.
Dani is married to Joe and has two children. Her and Joe have a loving relationship, but recently she has been the one pulling away. She feels unhappy but doesn’t want to take pills, she wants to find the root cause and make herself happy again.
Charlotte is the more relaxed of the three. Her husband Brett is a good man and a doting dad to their 13 year old son, Will. When it comes to the two of them though, Charlotte has realised that they don’t seem to have that passion and there is no connection between them anymore. She sometimes wishes that Brett would have an affair just so she could end their marriage.
Meg is a woman in a crisis. She is desperately lonely and fearful of the world that surrounds her family, especially her four children. This all stems back to two years ago when her son Logan died after having an allergic reaction to a cashew nut he’d eaten. Her husband Peter is a waste of space and cares more about his friends and his golf than his wife and family.
Meg needs time to breath, relax and learn to come to terms with the past. Only by doing this, will she ever find herself again.
Cara has written an engaging story that tells the story of modern society today. Between work, looking after the children, being a wife, running a home, a lot of women just don’t have time for themselves anymore.
It didn’t actually feel like I was reading a book. It felt more like I was sat listening to these women tell their life stories. The three women are extremely likeable and I really took them all in to my heart.
A beautiful book that has fabulous characters, lots of wine, and will have you wanting more.
Reviewed by Stacey
Cara Sue Achterberg is a writer and blogger who lives in New Freedom, PA with her family and an embarrassing number of animals.
Her first novel, I’m Not Her, was a national bestseller. Cara’s nonfiction book, Live Intentionally, is a guide to the organic life filled with ideas, recipes, and inspiration for living a more intentional life.
Cara is a prolific blogger, occasional cowgirl, and busy mom whose essays and articles have been published in numerous anthologies, magazines, and websites. Links to her blogs, news about upcoming publications, and pictures of her foster dogs can be found at her website below.
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