July 20, 2013

Measure of Love by Melissa Ford - Fiction that felt real and immediate

Measure of LoveMeasure of Love by Melissa Ford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rachel and Adam Goldman divorced and Rachel found herself navigating the misery of that split up in her earlier book Life From Scratch. In this book, Rachel and Adam have come back together, earlier issues resolved, contemplating remarrying. Rachel is now a popular blogger and book author. Her book is basically a memoir of coping with her divorce, but her publisher has painted her as a "divorce expert," so her plan to remarry her ex doesn't go over well with the publisher. Now Rachel is caught between obligations to the publisher, her fears about remarriage, her wealthy, social-climbing mother-in-law, problems with her best friend, and many other issues.

Ford managed to bring the characters in this book vividly to life, giving the feel that these were real people. It was written in first person narrative, giving the story a very personal feel. Ford also manages to raise the stakes and create a bit of tension. Of course since I'm a blogger and a writer, I related to her even more. Still, this book kept me up until 2:00 am to finish it - way past my bedtime.

This is the second book featuring Rachel and Adam Goldman, as noted above. I did not read the first book, but I still enjoyed this title immensely. You don't need to read the first book to enjoy this one. Now I'm curious and plan to read the first book.

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