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Book Review: The Way Life Should Be

I finished reading Game of Thrones, but I figured I wouldn’t bore anyone with that review. Great book, but by now everyone but me has seen the show and can kind of get the gist of it; gore, sex, gore, gore, sex. So after that nice dark slice of drama I figure it was best off to read something a bit more lighthearted.

The Way Life Should Be by Christina Baker Kline follows the life of Angela, a misfit of a character who hasn’t quite found her place in the world, even though she is in her early 30’s. Living in New York and working as an event planner, a career she never intended on to begin with, she longs for the quiet coastal life of Maine. She has never  been to Maine, but she just knows that it must be as idealistically rustic and full of cookie cutter cottages, as the photo she keeps tacked by her desk.

Encouraged by her footloose and fancy free friend, Lindsey, to begin online dating, Angela goes out on a limb and goes in search of her “Maine Catch.” After just one date with the seemingly perfect Richard, Angela is smitten. After things take a turn for the worst at work, Angela risks it all to follow Richard to Mount Desert Island.

The journey that reader’s will follow Angela on is a quirky one, filled with a host of new friends that each are on their own journey. Through cooking classes inspired by Angela’s Italian Nonna, they will all come together to help Angela (and themselves) find a purpose.

While certainly not a Pulitzer Prize winner, The Way Life Should Be is a delightful rom-com for anyone who loves food or New England.  Overall I give it 3 1/2 stars.


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