A Thirty-Something Girl
Lisa M. Gott, author
A Thirty-Something Girl follows the story of Hope. At the age of 30, she finds her life in utter shambles. Everything that could go wrong has – divorce, loss of a child, financial struggles. It is the love and unfettered support of her close friends who keep her from being lost in the quicksand of utter despair. As she slowly begins to wrap her head around who she is and what it means to be happy, she meets a man, Sam. Sam is also not a stranger to hardship and finds himself at his own crossroads. Together they find comfort and peace in one another; a soft, quiet place to fall, when the rest of the world is too hard and too noisy to inhabit. A Thirty-Something Girl is a story about the power of human resilience, the importance of friendships, and the magic of true love. It is a story that teaches us (and reminds us) that happiness is actually a very simple concept: it is a choice. A choice we must remember to make each and every day.
The opening of Gott’s debut reads like a well-written letter from a forlorn friend. By the time her 30th birthday arrives, Hope Jackson’s life has crumbled into ruins because of a miscarriage, a failed marriage, and a continuing list of setbacks. Her sadness overflows as she describes her troubles to her three closest friends, who offer her their love and support. One of them, Clara, provides Hope with generous financial help and the opportunity to stay in her family’s gorgeous beach house, where she can begin to recover her emotional equilibrium. The story then takes an abrupt turn, becoming a romance and introducing multiple elements that threaten the reader’s suspension of disbelief, such as the fact that Hope’s love interest, Sam, is perfectly handsome and perfectly flawless, as well as the fact that Hope’s random guess of Sam’s name turns out to be accurate. Even when fate deals Hope one final harsh blow, it’s something that’s simultaneously beneficial to her, and her life becomes absolutely ideal. These improbable plot twists are off-putting in light of the fair amount of talent Gott displays and a voice that sounds real, such as when Hope wishes “he would hurry up and hate me, so I can get on with my life.” Romance devotees may find much to enjoy in this novel, but it might help if they’re fans of fantasy, as well. (BookLife)