• Hardcover: 304 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (March 14, 2017)
From USA Today bestselling author Meg Donohue comes a mystery, a love story, and a mother-daughter tale about two women on a precarious journey to uncover their true selves.
Passionate and funny, radio personality Gail Gideon is a true original. Nine years ago when Gail’s husband announced that he wanted a divorce, her ensuing on-air rant propelled her local radio show into the national spotlight. Now, “The Gail Gideon Show” is beloved by millions of single women who tune-in for her advice on the power of self-reinvention. But fame comes at a price. After all, what does a woman who has staked her career on being single do when she finds herself falling in love? And is the person who is harassing her in increasingly troubling ways a misguided fan or a true danger to Gail and her daughter, Nic?
Fourteen-year-old Nic has always felt that she pales in comparison to her vibrant, outgoing mother. Plagued by a fear of social situations, she is most comfortable at the stable where she spends her afternoons. But when a riding accident lands Nic in the hospital, she awakens from her coma changed. Suddenly, she has no fear at all and her disconcerting behavior lands her in one risky situation after another. And no one, least of all her mother, can guess what she will do next…
Another winner for “books to pack on vacation,” is a quick to read, heartwarming story that will give you what life so often can not: resolutions to almost all of its problems.
The most surprising thing to me was my connecting more with Nic than with G.G. As a mother I expected the latter to be someone I’d have more in common with, but her world view and tenacious attitude are just so far left of me, where the anxiety and insecurity of her daughter were all too familiar.
I appreciated that the author wasn’t really trying to make us like one or the other more, that you just naturally get drawn to the characters as the story moves along.
Although the romances in this book weren’t anything particularly sweltering or memorable, they were sweet and made sense in the context of the overall story.
I’ve said it before and I have no doubt I’ll say it again. You can enjoy a book that you won’t read again. You can indulge in escapism and not have to defend your reading choices. Too many people speak as if every book should monumentally shift your perspective or have a lasting effect on you. will absolutely be that book for someone, it just wasn’t for me. Every Wild Heart might not have been that book for me, but that doesn’t mean it was poorly written. This author clearly has a way with words, and an audience, one I hope to continue to be part of it. I’ve been marking a couple of her books on my library list so that when I need another break from reading too much Stephen King (yes it’s a thing) I know where to look!
3.5 stars and my sincere thanks to William Morrow and TLC Book tours for the review opportunity!
About Meg Donohue
Meg Donohue is the USA Today bestselling author of How to Eat a Cupcake, All the Summer Girls, and Dog Crazy. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband, three children, and dog.