20191106_161559.jpgWelcome to my stop on the A Better Next blog tour sponsored by Suzy Approved Book Tours! Thank you to Suzy for the invitation!

About the Book:

Jess Lawson, a forty-five-year-old healthcare consultant, wife, and mother of two, has spent most of her adulthood fostering the illusion of having a perfect life. Her impending empty-nest syndrome as her youngest child prepares to start college is troubling enough, but when her doctor husband, Arthur, announces his intention to take a prestigious new job on the other side of the country—and relocate with-out Jess—her world quickly crumbles. Amid their acrimonious divorce, revelations about Arthur’s infidelity come to light; and at work, instead of the revitalized ca-reer Jess is hoping for, she uncovers surprising financial corruption that threatens a scandal for her client—and the well-being of the many unsuspecting patients and physicians they serve. Ultimately, this superwoman is forced to acknowledge that her put-together veneer can’t hold up under the weight of these new burdens. She also, however, refuses to wallow in victimhood. So what now?

A smart, relatable story for every woman who’s gone bold to sort out her next chapter, A Better Next shows how—with a little soul searching and a supportive circle of friends and colleagues—it’s possible to redefine happiness and establish a liberating, new normal at any stage of life.

My Thoughts:

Jess Lawson is forty-five, and her entire world is set to crumble. Her youngest child is about to head off to college, and her husband is leaving for a new job – without her. 

This is Jess’ story, and she’s telling you a doozy. She’s smart and strong, and her voice is full of heart. I loved the smart way it was told, and I also found it emotional and powerful. 

To me, A Better Next is a refreshing story in its choice of main character and its message. Jess finds herself, and her story offers hope that one can start over and find happiness at any age. We all know, of course anyone can, but it’s a beautiful thing to see it depicted in a book to reinforce the idea.

Overall, A Better Next was a read I enjoyed from start to finish, and Jess is a character to champion.

I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. 

About the Author:

Maren Cooper grew up in the Midwest and now resides in Minnesota. During her long career as a health services executive, she led a number or organizations in their efforts to respond to the challenges of new, competitive business models. A lifelong reader, she recently discovered the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and began taking classes, and slowly unearthed the aspiring writer inside her. She writes best on the shores of Lake Superior, where she retreats frequently to hike, watch the deer devour her hosts, and needlepoint.

Have you read A Better Next, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR