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Started this book four days ago and am halfway through (542 pages in all). I can't put it down. Being a wanderlust myself, thus one reason why I have a maison secondaire in France, I've been anxious to read this one. The way the girls bring their personal issues into the mix of the experience with their travels keeps it very real. Often people say that three is not a good mix of friends but Jen, Amanda, and Holly prove that it can be a great combination as they all have assets to strengths to bring to the group. It is true what they say that their idea of doing what they've done is addicting.
Awoke the morning of the 25th anxious to read the last chapter wondering what happened to The Lost Girls after their year long trip together. If only..........unfortunately I fear now I am too old to comfortably stay in hostels and do bunjee jumps but it was nice to live vicariously through Jen, Amanda and Holly. I'm now following their blog and encouraged to see they are still doing what they can to help those in need in other countries as well as the U.S. There's mention of a TV series. I think it would be hit and hope it happens. Best of luck girls!!!
One statement that Amanda makes in Chapter 25 is so sad but so true. She really hit the nail on the head with, "And therein lies the tourism paradox: the greater a destination's popularity, the less authentic it becomes."
Story of four friends determined to find their stride. This honest look at marriage examines the challenges, heartaches and sacrifices along with the joy in discovering what it means to be a wife, mother, friend, loverand most important: your true self.
Expand text… Gerri can’t decide what’s more devastating: learning her rock-solid marriage has big cracks, or the anger she feels as she tries to repair the damage. Always the anchor for friends and her three angst-ridden teenagers, it’s time to look carefully at herself. The journey for Gerri and her family is more than revealing- it’s transforming. Andy doesn’t have a great track record with men, and she’s come to believe that for her a lasting love is out of reach. When she finds herself attracted to her down-to-earth, ordinary contractor- a man without any of the qualities that usually appeal to her- she questions everything she thought she wanted in life. Sonja’s lifelong pursuit of balance is shattered when her husband declares he’s through with her New Age nonsense and walks out. There’s no herbal tonic or cleansing ritual that can restore her serenity- or her sanity. Miraculously, it’s BJ, the reserved newcomer to Mill Valley, who steps into their circle and changes everything. The woman with dark secrets opens up to her neighbors, and together they get each other back on track, stronger as individuals and unfaltering as friends.
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