A Place Like This
by Cari Scribner
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Pub Date 01 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 15 Mar 2023
Cari Scribner, Apprentice House Press
A PLACE LIKE THIS
This sequel to A Girl Like You continues the story of still single Jessica Gabriel exploring her life choices by crashing her ex’s beach wedding, learning dog yoga (aka doga), getting a tattoo, declining an offer from a potential FWB, taking water aerobics and falling on her ass while cross-country skiing.
When her 22-year-old son moves out to join his father in a nomadic life, Jess suddenly has an empty nest. She relives the good old days when her kids were young and wonders how she ever got to a place like this.
Jessica takes on a second job as an Uber driver, where she meets a “lumberjane” (female version of a lumberjack), a much older woman with a scorching sex drive, and a clown who creates X-rated balloon sculptures, among others.
Fortified by blueberry scones, Chardonnay, and her fave takeout “Bucket of Spaghetti,” as well as the continued support from her adult kids, new friend Nadine and old buddy Eddie, Jessica’s journey leads her to understand she is, after all, in a very good place.
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Average rating from 5 members
A Place Like This is the perfect blend of humor and heartfelt moments. From the comical characters Jess meets while driving for Uber to her feelings of abandonment when she becomes and empty nester, Cari Scribner has written another fun and sexy read.
This ARC was provided to me via Kindle, from Carl Scribner and #NetGalley. Thank you for the opportunity to preview and review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
This sequel has me entertained throughout.
I enjoy how Cari Scribner highlights the vibrancy of midlife and women's lives; A Place Like This is a perfect read for a weekend away, a cozy Fall evening (with a bucket of spaghetti!). I appreciate her humor, her characters (well developed, real and relatable), and the deftness of how she gives voice to Jessica once again, honoring her many identities (sexual woman, ex-wife, dating woman, mother to grown children, worker). She never makes her characters seem simplistic and leans into the humor and joy of midlife, understanding that even when life is hard it is worth celebrating.
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