November 2015, Lake Union Publishing, 378 pages, Ebook, Review copy from NetGalley
Content: humour, some adult romance, tissues needed
Summary from Amazon UK (I don't benefit by mentioning them)
Book-smart Melissa Fletcher lives a predictable life in her hometown, working behind the scenes for her charismatic father in a financial career that makes perfect sense. But when her dad is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Missy is forced to step up and take over as his primary caregiver and the principal of the firm.
After her father’s death, Missy finds a letter from him in which he praises her for being a dutiful daughter but admonishes her for not taking any risks in life.
Devastated, Missy packs her suitcase and heads for Italy. There she meets a new friend who proposes a radical idea. Soon, Missy finds herself in impoverished India, signing away her inheritance and betting on a risky plan while rekindling a lost love.
This story is a really emotional read about self-discovery and following your passions in life (after discovering them), something which I'm keen to promote as I follow my dreams of being published! I felt sorry for Missy, it's super hard to get her father to acknowledge that he is having health issues, which does affect a few customers negatively at first. When the acceptance comes he is still stubborn and tries to do more than he is able, making Missy having to cover his mistakes.
When the inevitable happens Missy questions her own life, and what she truly wants to do. That holiday to Italy sparked an incredible journey which led her to helping girls who desperately needed help to better their lives, and the lives of their families. It goes to show how 1 person (with others on the same project) can make a huge difference, even when the odds aren't stacked in their favour and they don't quite think everything through.
Inspite of the heaviness of the story, there is a lot of humour which balanced the overall feel of the book. Missy's old and new friends made me smile, and were there to help when Missy was bombarded with problems. Missy's story is an inspirational read, so go find your passion and live it!
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