Three More Months

Lake Union: Amazon. Dec. 2021. 342p. ISBN 9781542031882. pap. $14.95. F
A bittersweet novel about work-life balance that readers of any age can appreciate, by Echavarre (who writes romance under the name Sarah Smith, including Faker and Simmer Down). Smart, career-focused Chloe is grieving and full of regrets after the sudden death of her 50-year-old Filipina American mother. But when Chloe is inexplicably given a chance to live the last three months over again—and possibly change their outcome—she redirects her energy into renewing bonds with her mother, younger brother, and best friend and tries to reconnect with the estranged members of her extended family. Though Chloe and her mother butt heads over diet, exercise, and Chloe’s lack of a boyfriend, the love between the two strong-willed women never wavers. Heavy themes of grief and love, in a family that shares the author’s own Filipina American heritage, are lightened by humor and Chloe’s growing attraction to the young man her mother has been trying to fix her up with all along.
VERDICT Readers will laugh and cry at Echavarre’s first foray into multicultural women’s fiction with a YOLO (“you only live once”) message.
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