A road trip, follow the band, loosely contrived friendship are the cornerstones of this novel by Andee Reilly, title taken from the Rolling Stones classic. A fun concept: follow around your favorite band as you shake off what ails you.
I’d have to start off this review of Satisfaction by saying that you will find yourself constantly humming different Stones tunes as you read. Or perhaps that is just me – but that was my experience. Perhaps a fortuitous one.
Ginny is married, but when she discovers her husband’s infidelity, packs it all in and went off to follow the Rolling Stones on tour throughout the US, while she decides what to do with her hurt and anger. Traveling solo on an adventure to find some joy in your life is an admirable choice, and a brave one. Along the way, she meets Bree, single mother of a 15 year old daughter who has plans to become a lawyer. Bree’s spontaneous, a touch eccentric and free-spirited, and while Ginny is experiencing her first ‘spontaneous’ act in ages, the two find comfort and companionship.
The descriptions, particularly of the shows they see (three) are well done and bring readers into the venue, but the rest of the story felt to me like a battle between a fact session about the Rolling Stones and the story of two rather disillusioned grumpy middle aged women. Particularly strange as Ginny is described as being just 22, she’s far more mature (tottering on boring and missish) where Bree, obviously the elder has the maturity level of a 12 year old on sugar pops. Neither character lived up to the potential of their introduction: even their pronouncements on the evils of all men seemed weak, as did their true ‘fandom’. It just didn’t hit those notes of solid friendship that grows, their two common points, the Stones and their anger with men, weren’t enough to hold away the disbelief in their relationship.
Not quite the story for me, although it read quickly and wasn’t particularly stressful. The concert scenes were the highlight of the book for me, not surprisingly neither character featured heavily in those.
Title: Satisfaction: A Novel
Author: Andee Reilly
Genre: Woman's Fiction
Published by: SparkPress
Published on: 4 August, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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When 22-year-old Ginny Martin discovers her husband has been cheating on her, she strikes back.
Buying tickets to every concert on the Rolling Stones North American tour, this devastated suburban housewife packs up the car and takes to the road. Following the Rolling Stones from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City, Ginny experiences freedom for the first time, while coping with the insecurities and limiting beliefs that had kept this small town girl’s life far too small.
Bree Cooper is a nomad, a free-spirited drifter, and a mother who abandoned responsibility – and her young daughter – years before. When Ginny meets Bree at a roadside diner, they impulsively make the decision to throw their lot in together. In each other they find a friendship that they both had longed for. Bree also gives Ginny a chance to have a mother-figure who inspires independence and encourages confidence, while Ginny gives Bree a chance to get parenting right on the second try.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.