She’s Up To No Good by Sara Goodman Confino #BookReview #LakeUnionPublishing #KindleFirstReads #5*

For two women generations apart, going home will change their lives in this funny, poignant, and life-affirming novel about family, secrets, and broken hearts by the author of For the Love of Friends.

Four years into her marriage, Jenna is blindsided when her husband asks for a divorce. With time on her hands and her life in flux, she agrees to accompany her eccentric grandmother Evelyn on a road trip to the seaside Massachusetts town where much of their family history was shaped.

When they hit the road, Evelyn spins the tale of the star-crossed teenage romance that captured her heart more than seventy years ago and changed the course of her life. She insists the return to her hometown isn’t about that at all—no matter how much she talks about Tony, her unforgettable and forbidden first love.

Upon arrival, Jenna meets Tony’s attentive great-nephew Joe. The new friendship and fresh ocean air give her the confidence and distance she needs to begin putting the pain of a broken marriage behind her.

As the secrets and truths of Evelyn’s past unfold, Jenna discovers a new side of her grandmother, and of herself, that she never knew existed—and learns that the possibilities for healing can come at the most unexpected times in a woman’s life.

Fabulous Fun – And So Much More!

This is my second novel by this author – and I absolutely loved it!

Jenna, married for four years, knows that things aren’t quite right and they need to talk but she is completely taken by surprise when her husband tells her he is in love with someone else and wants a divorce. Bach home with her parent and her life in limbo, she agrees to accompany her grandmother on a trip back to their roots. Evelyn isn’t your normal run-of-the-mill grandmother, and this isn’t any old trip . . .

Every so often, a reader comes across a novel which just strikes a chord within, and this one did it for me. Moving back and forwards from the current trip to Evelyn’s memories, there was always something going on to catch my attention. The author is a consummate storyteller, and I adored every bit of this. More than one love story, family secrets and a whole lot of reminiscences add up to a beautiful tale which I’m very happy to recommend. For me, this is a sparkling 5* read.

I downloaded this ebook via Kindle First Reads; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: historical women’s fiction

Author Details

Sara Goodman Confino teaches high school English and journalism in Montgomery County, Maryland, where she lives with her husband, two sons, and two miniature schnauzers, Rosie and Sandy. When she’s not writing or working out, she can be found on the beach or at a Springsteen show, sometimes even dancing on stage.

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