The Choices I Made, a review by Di

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Cynthia Ellingsen

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Bookouture March 10, 2021
312 pages

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This is a perfect book for those that like Hallmark movies. And, once in a while I do enjoy a Hallmark movie.

It was a fast and easy read. It’s a family drama. Entertaining. Somewhat predictable but that’s not always a bad thing. It’s interesting to see how it all develops and works out.

Julie is a lawyer working in a high-pressure office in Chicago. Tristan, her husband is a financial guy whose life is all about appearances and making money. Julie’s parents run a back-to-nature resort in Wisconsin. Julie returns to the resort when her mother falls ill. Naturally, an old boyfriend is in the picture. And a mysterious runaway. And, the possibility of a scandal from the past, coming back to haunt the present.

There are a lot of emotional ups and downs in the story. It took me a while to warm up to Julie, the central character. In the beginning, she did not show any strength but as the story evolved, so did her character evolve. In fact, I ended up liking all the characters in the story.

I loved the setting of Wood Violet, the resort which was the location of almost the whole book. The author did a great job describing the location and resort itself. It sounds like a place I would love to spend time at.

The conclusion of the story did have an elemental of surprise, which was very welcome. I was very happy with the way everything wrapped up.

There was a letter from the author to the readers at the end. She explained that she spent 2020 writing this book and that it was a great escape from the pandemic. Here it is, 2O21, and now reading this book was a pleasant escape from the still ongoing pandemic for me.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. The views expressed in this review are strictly my own.

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