How Do You Know?
by Meredith Schorr
What if you were approaching the end of your thirties and all of the life milestones you took for granted in your youth suddenly seemed out of reach?
On the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday, Maggie Piper doesn’t look, act, or feel much different than she did at twenty-nine, but with her fortieth birthday speeding toward her like a freight train, she wonders if she should. The fear of a slowing metabolism, wrinkling of her skin, and the ticking of her biological clock leaves Maggie torn between a desire to settle down like most of her similarly aged peers and concern that all is not perfect in her existing relationship.
When a spontaneous request for a temporary “break” from her live-in boyfriend results in a “break-up,” Maggie finds herself single once again and only twelve months from the big 4.0.
In the profound yet bumpy year that follows, Maggie will learn, sometimes painfully, that life doesn’t always happen on a schedule, there are no deadlines in love, and age really is just a number.
In this mature coming of age novel, Meredith Schorr, best-selling author of light women’s fiction, digs deep and raises the age old issue of the ‘proverbial clock’ that haunts many women,in a way that is refreshing and sassy no matter your age or relationship status.
★★★★☆ : Great! I liked this book!
Maggie Piper just celebrated her 39th birthday with her bestfriends and the man of her life, Doug. She’s nearing the big 4.0 but she felt something was missing in her life. She wasn’t still married, she didn’t have kids. Whenever her boyfriend talked to her about settling down, she always declined. It was as if something else was holding her back. In a sudden twist of fate, she found herself loveless the next day, when Doug broke up with her. Ouch!
Phil, a partner in a firm Maggie was working at, started dating her after he learned that she was back on the singles scene. Despite having doubts about his marital status (Phil being separated but not yet divorced), Maggie relented and was thrilled being pursued. They seemed to be getting along, they’ve got great moments together and the sex was a bliss. They couldn’t get their off each other, even in the office. Everything was going great.
Until Maggie saw Doug again. Until Phil reconnected with his estranged wife and decided to work on their marriage instead of proceeding with divorce. Another Ouch!
I loved how the author gave Maggie a laudable personality, a fun character, spunk and sense. She also got a great support group, her friends, co-workers and family. I liked her mom and cousin Cheryl, but I loved aunt Helen more. She’s quite feisty and funny, and she’s got a lot to say! They were supportive of her in every way despite of the men who surrounded her. How Do You Know surely provided me with a lot of possible scenarios I might be facing when I get to reach forty soon.
Meredith Schorr was able to write a really compelling and quirky story of seeking love and happiness, especially for women nearing the milestone age – 40. Maggie sure had me laughing out loud, all thanks to Meredith’s convincing characters. I can see myself reading another one of her stories really soon. This has been truly a great afternoon read!
A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing chick lit and contemporary women’s fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hard-working trademark paralegal and her still single (but looking) status.
Meredith is also the co-founder of BookBuzz, a live author/reader event held annually. She is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner. How Do You Know? is her fourth novel.