At a Glance
Title: Brunch and Other Obligations
Author: Suzanne Nugent
Expected Publication: May 5th by She Writes Press
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Goodreads Rating: 4.09 out of 5
My Rating: ★★★★★
“The only thing reclusive bookworm Nora, high-powered attorney Christina, and supermom-in-training Leanne ever had in common was their best friend, Molly. When Molly dies, she leaves mysterious gifts and cryptic notes for each of her grieving best friends, along with one final request: that these three mismatched frenemies have brunch together every month for a year.
Filled with heartwrenching scenes and witty prose, Brunch and Other Obligations explores the intricate dynamics of girlhood acquaintances who are forced to reconnect as women. This upbeat novel reminds readers that there’s hope for getting through the hard times in life—with a lot of patience, humor, and a standing brunch date.”
This book is the cutest! That’s it that’s my review. Just kidding, but in essence this was the perfect read for me during this crazy times. What starts out as a sad story of loss, quickly turns into a heartwarming story about grief, friendship, and learning to lean on others.
Told through the view point of three very different women, who’s only common factor is their best friend Molly, this is the story of childhood ‘friends’ and how their relationship has evolved over time. When Molly dies, the three all believe they have nothing left in common. Nora the recluse, Christina the workaholic, and Leanne think they’ll never see each other again. That is until they learn that Molly has left them each instructions and one of those is to get brunch with each other for a year. What started as a chore somehow turns into the only saving grace for these women and makes them realize that the only other people they have to lean on is each other.
I loved the dynamic between these very different women. As a late twenty year old myself, its easy to see how childhood friends grow apart. It’s also hard to watch but this book reminds me that there are other things than careers that can tie people together and that sometimes the people that knew you were before you knew yourself will love you no matter what.
Nugent did a great job of giving each women an extremely distinct persona and voice. The way she builds the characters and created a unique story for each of them was outstanding. This book has an incredible amount of depth but the added comic relief Nugent peppers in makes the story all the more relatable. I found myself feeling all the emotions and I even had a few really great laughs.
I cannot recommend this book enough! Make sure to pick up your copy on May 5th. If you think you’d like to read this book, get your copy HERE!
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About the Author
Suzanne Nugent is a writer committed to exploring women’s lives and relationships through poignant comedy (or funny drama, depending on your level of optimism).
She was shortlisted for the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting and has received accolades from the Denver Film Festival and the San Francisco Writers Conference. She holds a dual degree in journalism and film from UMass Amherst and studied screenwriting at UCLA. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.
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