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.
Whew. Allow me a moment or two to wallow while I gather my wits, my tears and my heart that fell down after reading this book. Gah, I never thought I’d cry so much by just reading a book! And an ugly cry at that.
A Thirty Something Girl is about Hope but contrary to her name, she seemed to have lost hope in her life after a series of unfortunate and tragic events. On-going divorce, extra-marital affairs, financial crisis, miscarriage, just to name a few. She got friends, alright – Clara, Grace and Emma, but despite the love and support they gave her, she still felt alone, sad and miserable. She battled depression that really wore her down. She was a tortured soul.
And then he came. The man in the beach, running in the middle of the night. The man who woke her senses, who dwelt in her mind. Hope started writing a book, and she named the characters Elizabeth and Sam. Sam – who happened to be the same man from the beach. With Sam, hope arose, hope lingered in her heart. Hope became hopeful.
What happened next was something that brought smile to my lips. I loved Sam and how he nurtured and cared for Hope. I loved how he related to some with her, how he understood her depression, how he fitted right into her world. Until the inevitable came. A job abroad. A death in her circle. And a little bundle of surprise that really changed and shocked her world.
Despite all the tears I bled from reading this book, I liked it a lot. I liked how some things made me realize about my life and the future. Deep inside, Hope’s story stirred something inexplicable and indescribable. A Thirty Something Girl is a book filled with moments that pour out emotions and feelings. Lisa M. Gott made me cry. And I liked it.
Lisa M. Gott is a contemporary literary fiction author. Her stories tell of the human spirit – sometimes sad, sometimes not – most can relate to them on some level or another.
When she’s not feverishly weaving words, you can find her enjoying nature, spending time with her incredible husband, and, sometimes, sipping a latte. Okay, maybe more than sometimes.
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