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Book Review: Women’s Fiction

Posted on Aug 27, 2017 |

Left to Chance by Amy Sue Nathan


Women’s Fiction

What I liked about this novel was the premise: photographer Teddi Lerner fled her small town of Chance, Ohio, six years earlier and landed a job photographing weddings around the world, sometimes for the rich and famous. However, she always kept in touch with her best friend’s daughter, who is twelve when Teddi returns home to photograph Shay’s father’s second wedding.

Shay is the only person Teddi kept in touch with, however. Teddi’s own parents move around the country in a camper, so her dead best friend’s kid is the only one she texts and FaceTime’s with in Chance. It’s difficult for her to come back because she has to face the people she hurt by leaving so abruptly. She also has to face the death of her friend up close instead of from a distance.

What I didn’t love about this book was that I felt the author at times was reaching to evoke emotion that, for me, did not succeed. There was a little too much swallowing and gulping, thump-in-throat sort of stuff.

Nathan does do a good job of portraying what it’s like to be unwed nonmother trying to understand and navigate the world of twelve-old-girls.

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