Rosie Chambers comes to the blog with a story of self-discovery and second chances with her debut offering
A Year of Chasing Love
Olivia has it all: a successful marriage, a solid career as a partner and top marital solicitor in a firm she loves, solid friendships and plenty of moments in the sun. But, it all came at a price: namely her over-attention to work and clients at the expense of her marriage, her friendships and her own family. And it all comes crashing down when she’s served with divorce papers from her husband in the lobby of her office. Things are made even worse for her when a senior partner and her mentor demands she takes a ten month leave of absence to ‘find a life apart from her commitment to the clients’. Devastated and broken, she’s determined to just sit at home and mope – after packing away the apartment and readying it for sale as her husband Nathan is on a six month posting to Singapore with his work. She’s got no options, and the same-old drinking with pals during happy hour isn’t helping. When a university friend cajoles her into working to find out why marriages work as a counterpoint to a study grant she’s received, and already started making travel arrangements and organizing interviews, Olivia reluctantly agrees.
From discovering the power of family and ties to ones roots, to similar education, friendship and taking time to grow before marriage, to visiting with friends in Singapore and believing that all is done with Nathan, Olivia is starting to see where she was the problem: cancelling plans last minute, arriving late, working all hours, rushing back (or refusing) vacations and weekends away because of work, even ignoring her own parents, her friends are quietly moving forward in their lives. It isn’t until she realizes that the most important thing to a successful marriage is love, and that no matter what, she will love Nathan forever, that the reality of her lonely existence sets in.
With glorious insight into the conflicts of a work-life balance, along with some lovely moments around the globe: Malta, Hawaii, Singapore and Paris: the story is laden with Olivia’s recognition of her own mistakes and her desire for a “do over” with Nathan, even as there is seemingly nothing there. From making her visit some of her ‘bucket list’ places to the city of lights where she had a blissful honeymoon, Olivia’s friends have pushed, pulled, suggested and allowed her the room to discover her best self, and how to find it all over again. A lovely story that brings real emotion and quandaries to readers, allowing us all to see that sometimes finding that balance that makes you a happier partner, friend and colleague is often the only way to go.
Title: A Year of Chasing Love
Author: Rosie Chambers
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance
Published by: HQ Digital
Published on: 19 March, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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One moment can change a lifetime…
The last thing top divorce lawyer Olivia Hamilton ever expected was to be served her own divorce papers! To escape her marriage troubles, she agrees to go on a year-long trip to find the ultimate guide to love.
Travelling the world, surrounded by stories of love and happiness, it’s not long before her thoughts turn to Nathan, her soon-to-be ex-husband, and she starts to take note of her own lessons in love…
But with Nathan over a thousand miles away, will it be too late?
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.