Title: The Book of Someday
Author: Dianne Dixon
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Three women: Olivia, Micah, and AnnaLee. Olivia is dating Andrew, a man that seems too good to be true. But she feels as though he’s holding something back, and when she finds out his secret, it will change everything. Micah holds everyone at arm’s length, but when she is diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer, she doesn’t know what path to take. She’s done some unforgivable things in her past and isn’t sure she deserves a second chance at life. And AnnaLee’s life is supposed to be a happy one, with her husband and young daughter, Bella, but their money troubles and husband’s weaknesses can’t help but haunt her. These three women are connected in the most mysterious of ways, and understanding their bonds will change everything.
The Book of Someday is an interesting novel about three very different women. It has some flaws, namely issues with some of the relationships, but overall, the mystery of how these women are connected will keep readers hooked until the very end.
From the beginning of The Book of Someday, the reader knows that Olivia, Micah, and AnnaLee are somehow connected. Olivia and Micah are both haunted by the vision of a beautiful woman in a silver dress. Who is she? And why do they both dream of her? That there are deep underlying mysteries is evident from the very first page of this novel; it’s enough to drive the narrative, keeping the reader hooked from beginning to end. The final reveal is worth the wait; while close readers may have figured out the connection, others will enjoy the surprise that comes with understanding.
But The Book of Someday also has its more difficult aspects. These are three independent and strong women, but they end up with really frustrating men, namely Olivia and AnnaLee. Andrew and Jack, their boyfriend and husband, respectively, are characters that will get under your skin. Both are weak willed and difficult; Olivia and AnnaLee deserve much, much better. While it’s understandable why Dixon chose to write these characters as such, it’s still frustrating to read. What’s more, there’s a sort of mother-daughter relationship involving Olivia that is just difficult to believe. I can’t say more without spoiling part of her storyline, but it doesn’t come across as realistic.
Despite my issues with relationships in The Book of Someday, I still enjoyed this book. I took great pleasure in getting to know each of these women; they’re strong and are willing to work towards something better. They’re well developed and readers will come to care for them, wanting to know how they are connected and hoping that they’ll find some peace and happiness. This is a book where character development and story overcome other issues; if you enjoy women’s fiction, this is a novel you should consider seeking.
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