Tomorrow There Will Be Sun #DanaReinhardt

Tomorrow There Will Be Sun is a marvelous written piece of women’s fiction that humorously explores a woman’s life as she realizes that she has reached “middle age,” and her life is not as perfect as she had planned.

51Z11MUh0oL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_amazonJenna Carlson has planned the perfect birthday party for her husband, Peter. Each year Peter and his best friend, Solly, celebrate their birthdays together but this year, their 50th, has to be the best ever! Jenna has been planning for more than a year for the couples, she and Peter; Solly and his second wife Ingrid, to vacation for a week at a luxurious villa in Puerto Vallarta. Joining them will be Jenna and Peter’s daughter, Clementine, Solly and Ingrid’s out-of-control 5-year-old son and Solly’s teenage son, Malcolm from his first marriage. Malcolm has recently has been expelled from school but we don’t talk about that. It sounds like a real delight, doesn’t it? The bottomless, perfect margaritas do help, really, just keeping drinking those. What doesn’t help is that Peter insists on taking “work calls” from his gorgeous assistant back in the states, Solly is incredibly overbearing and Clem is glued to her phone the entire trip – except when she’s trying to seduce Malcom. At the point that a drug cartel disrupts the local town and the villa loses both internet and phone connectivity, the nerves of everyone are frayed. An emotional explosion is inevitable; what the fall out will be may surprise you.

I admit that I, in my 50s, obviously am the target demographic for Tomorrow There Will Be Sun. I found Jenna to be so completely relatable. Her fears, her worries, the things that annoy her – even the words that she makes “off-limits” – all are things that I completely understand and do and say. Okay, there is a lot of Jenna in me. I found the other characters reprehensible and it almost got to the point that I couldn’t finish the book because I, quite literally, despised Solly so much. I’m also very VERY glad that I no longer have teenagers in my world because the more that I read about them in fiction, the less I like them as a whole. When the book finally reaches its crescendo, I am right there with Jenna. I get it! But then, I also totally understand what she does next. Why? Because I’ve been there and done that. Not that my husband did what Peter did, but when you get to be my age and your entire life has been committed to raising your children, your career was set aside for them and them alone, you wake up and realize that the comfortable life you enjoy is very much wedded to the income of the partner that you have. Would you dissolve a business partnership over something like this? It’s questionable. Would you learn to make compromises so that you each had what you wanted in the end? Maybe. Every person involved makes the decisions that are right for them and that is exactly what Jenna does in the end. My gosh, the author does an amazing job conveying the emotions, the fears and worries of every woman who ever has found herself in Jenna’s circumstances.

I loved the book, I loved Jenna and most of all I LOVE that women are writing books about real, live women, warts and all, who are not in their twenties , rather, those who are faced with the ugly parts of life! This was a stellar read for me and I hope it will be for you as well.

Much gratitude to #Edelweiss, #PamelaDormanBks, @PenguinBooks and #dsreinhardt for this incredible read!

23 thoughts on “Tomorrow There Will Be Sun #DanaReinhardt

  1. You have done it Mackey, made me crave this book. I love such books which take me on a journey. It is not about age, but about the way an author takes you on that journey and I definitely want to go on this journey. This goes in my TBR immediately. Beautifully written review… I am simply floored

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    1. Thank you Shalini! You know, I don’t remember books always being about age or even gender. I just read books because they were good. Lately, perhaps it is MY age and not the authors and I admit this, books appear to be getting more and more sub-divided. Where once we just had fiction and non-fiction, biography and, maybe, sci-fi now there are so many more areas to which to cater and I feel as though entire audiences are being lost. This is a good book for all women and perhaps even men could learn a thing or two from it. πŸ˜‰ I’ll be watching for your thoughts on your blog.

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  2. Wow, this sounds right up my alley! It sounds like a nightmare scenario for Jenna though. You have me wondering now. Awesome that the book was a great read. I think I have to read this one. Excellent review! πŸ™‚

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    1. It made me NOT want to vacation in Latin America any time soon. Molly went to the rain forest recently, and her car – a diplomatic car – was hijacked. It all turned out fine but I just don’t think it’s safe at this time. I think I’ll go visit Nordic countries for a while instead. πŸ˜‰

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