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ARC Review of Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky

ARC Review of Blueprints by Barbara DelinskyBlueprints by Barbara Delinsky
Published by St. Martin's Press on June 9th 2015
Genres: Women's Fiction
Pages: 416
Source: Netgalley

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


New York Times BestsellerReturning to her beloved New England, the New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Salt Air explores the limits of love and asks what happens when the right man comes along at the wrong time?Caroline and Jamie McAfee are close. Not only do they enjoy their relationship as mother and daughter, they're in business together as the team that fronts the popular home renovation show Gut It! All is well with these two strong women, but when the network tells Caroline that Jamie is to replace her as host, Caroline feels betrayed by her daughter and old in the eyes of the world.Jamie is unsettled by the cast change and devastated by her mother's anger, but she has little time to brood when a tragic accident leaves her two-year-old half-brother in her care. Accustomed to a life of order and precision, Jamie suddenly finds herself out of her depth, grappling with a toddler who misses his parents and a fiancé who doesn't want the child.Amid such devastation, Caroline and Jamie find themselves revising the blueprints they've built their lives around. With loyalties shifting and decisions looming, mother and daughter need each other; but the rift between them is proving difficult to mend. As the women try to remake themselves and rebuild their relationship with each other, they discover that strength and even passion can come from the unlikeliest places. For Caroline, it's an old friend, whose efforts to seduce her awaken desires that have been dormant for so long that she feels foreign to herself. For Jamie, it's a staggering new attraction that allows her to breathe again-and breathe deeply-for the first time in forever.A riveting novel from a master storyteller, BLUEPRINTS reminds us that sometimes love appears when we least expect it, and when we need it most.

In ” An Oyster Shell- The book starts out so slow I was contemplating putting it down, then 25% into things got real and makes up for the beginning. I recommend this heartwarming coming of age story, which tells no matter how old you are there’s always room to grow.

The Pearls –

I am so glad that I read this book. I am amazed that no matter what age you are 19, 29, 49, there are things that happen in your life that invite you to grow up into the person you will be for the rest of your life. I love the contrast of the two character daughter Jamie age 28, and Caroline who turns 56. In the beginning it seems like both women have life figured out and then unexpected things happen and they realize they don’t. It’s always been unnerving to me that as a twenty-something I would talk to a fifty-something and they where wondering what they where going to do for the rest of their life. This story encapsulates this poignant reality well.

The characters where just phenomenal. The characters irritated me, and had me cheering for them. They where very real characters, dealing with very realistic women’s issues. The supporting characters of this book where also well developed to help the story have great depth and fullness. Ultimately what made this book great for me where the characters and their respective journeys.

The plot of this story was page-turning. (after the first quarter).

The Sand – The beginning was painfully slow. I was ready to put it down, but I had such high hopes for the book that I continued to push through. I am glad I did. I think the author could have had a hook to the story sooner then ¼ way into the book.

All in All I give this book 4 pearls. I hope you read it.

4 Stars

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  • Aeriko @ The Reading Armchair June 2, 2015, 6:17 am

    Another very interesting book you’re reviewing! I’ve also read some books that have a slow start, but then pick up the pace and become really hard to put them down :)
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    • Jessica June 2, 2015, 2:37 pm

      This was a fun one too… I love coming of age stories and that you are really coming of age, no matter how old you are.

  • Elizabeth the Evil Overlord October 13, 2015, 6:07 pm

    I have been reading Barbara Delinsky for 20 years and pretty much enjoy everything she writes. I didn’t find this slow, more hard to define at the beginning. Was it a romance, like many of her books, a re-working of someone’s life, family secrets being revealed…? Once I figured out it was about personal growth and life change I started really enjoying it. I reviewed it back in June also.
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