Happy Thursday, Part 2!
Today, we're also sharing the review for The Someday Jar, a sweet and summer perfect tale about Lanie Howard, a real estate broker who finds her old Someday Jar, filled with dreams and wishes for the future.
Allison Morgan has written a great story about what it takes to (re)discover yourself, and how sometimes, it's taking risks that help you get where you need to be.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Berkley
Format read: Finishe copy via publisher
Lanie Howard's willingess to fulfill the wishes of her someday jar, remind both her and the reader about the important things in life, while ultimately helping her transform her life for the better.
WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMON-DROP MARTINIS...
Real-estate broker Lanie Howard figures she has the perfect man, the perfect job, and the perfect life. Then she stumbles across her old Someday Jar, the forgotten glass relic where she stashed all the childhood wishes—no matter how crazy—that her father encouraged her to write down on the backs of Chinese restaurant fortunes. She used to be fun once! What happened to her?
DON'T CHOKE ON THE RIND.
Although Lanie is wary of uncorking her past, when an attractive stranger saves her from a life-or-death encounter with a lemon peel at the bottom of a martini glass, she realizes that life is way too short for regrets. Now, jar in hand, Lanie decides to throw caution to the wind, and carry out everything she had once hoped to do, even if it means leaving her perfectly “perfect” life behind…
While the idea of a woman rediscovering her childhood dreams isn't necssarily new, Morgan's approach is a thoughtful one. Rather than have Lanie's impetus to revisit her childhood predicated on a bad relationship or something typical for contemporary fiction, Morgan puts everything through the lense of Lanie's relationship with her estranged father. It adds a poignancy to Lanie's discovery, while also providing a depth to Lanie's personality, even under her sunny can-do attitude.
We see how Lanie's actions continue to be colored by the fact that she has grown up without a father, and how many of her subsequent life choices, e.g. being in a relationship with a wealthy fiance who clearly doesn't respect her, is an unconcious result of that fact. Morgan gently asks us to question how many of our paths in life our defined by childhood trauma, and how we can possibly - if ever - move past that.
Consequently, when we see Lanie begin to pursue her wishes over the objections of the majority of those in her life, and also find genuine support in her best friend and a handsome architect, we want to applaud her for taking this step to reconcile herself with her past. It's a great reminder by Morgan that those who genuinely want good things for you, will want you to stay true to yourself and pursue what interests you - even if it requires them changing their attitude, as we eventually see from Lanie's mother.
Though The Someday Jar is breezy and fun, filled with great friendships, a charming romantic interest, and just general bubbliness from Lanie's go-getter attitude, it's also a fantastic book on remembering the importance of following your dreams, and the future that you want.
Strongly recommend for fans of contemporary fiction. This is a nice summer read, that will inspire readers to look hard at their own lives, and consider their own priorities.