Dani, Meg, and Charlotte have bonded over babies, barbeques, and backyards, but when they escape for a girls' weekend away, they can't bring themselves to return to lives that don't seem to fit anymore.
Harried Dani can't explain why she feels so discontented until she meets a young gallery owner who inspires her to rediscover the art that once made her happy.
Dependable Meg faces up to a grief that threatens to swallow her whole and confronts a marriage built on expectations.
Flamboyant Charlotte, frustrated with her stagnated life and marriage, pursues a playboy Irish singer and beachside business opportunities.
All three of these women thought they would be different. None of them thought they'd be facing down forty and still wondering when life starts. What they do when they realize where they're headed is both inspiring and wildly entertaining.
GIRLS' WEEKEND is a fun, yet poignant romp through the universal search of who we are, why we love, and what makes us happy by an author who is quickly emerging as one of our most incisive storytellers.
Had I known I’d still be sitting in my favorite chair at 2am, racing to the finish, I probably would have put on my pajamas before I started. (Sometime before lunch…) Yeppers, it was that good. It was compelling, touching, and a bit soul-searching. Oh, and it was fun, too. Have you ever been on holiday and thought “what if I just don’t go home? I wish I could stay here and hide from the rest of the world…”? Well, Girls’ Weekend is the story of friends Charlotte, Dani and Meg. Frustrated and in need of a break, Charlotte suggests a weekend away to Dani, and they both convince Meg to come along. With that short bit of breathing space they all come to the decision that they aren’t going home…at least, not yet.
Dani has a seemingly “perfect” life, and yet she is unhappy. She loves her husband and her kids but she has lost her sense of purpose and laments giving up her dreams. Charlotte is a successful interior designer who is full of life. Her husband has always seemed more connected to their son than with her, and as her son is studying abroad for the summer, her husband seems even more distant and absent in their marriage. Meg is being eaten alive by grief after losing her son, and her husband seems ambivalent to her suffering and to her, in general.
The weekend they spend together sparks questions and soul-searching for both of them, and really touched on a lot of questions I find myself asking in the wee hours of the morning. What would have happened if we followed our dream? What makes us happy? Are we taking control of our life’s direction, or are we letting the current just drag us along? The characters were faceted and believable. They made me laugh, think, and a bit angry at times (I’m looking at you, Charlotte.) This book just hit close to home in many ways.
With the summer months approaching, many of us are looking for a great beach read. Well, moms, look no further! I had the opportunity to read mom lit at its finest! Girls’ Weekend by Cara Sue Achterberg is the perfect beach companion. I got swept up in the crazy, yet super relatable, weekend escapades of three best friends Dani, Charlotte and Meg. Each woman is a mom with so much more under the surface. They are dealing with situations every mom can relate to on some level. Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and wondered who was looking back at you? What happened to the carefree, creative, happy go lucky version of yourself? How about your relationship? Did the strain of having a family change it at all? Cara Sue beautifully depicts these thoughts through a touching and soul searching tale of these three women.
Life, Motherhood and the Pursuit of Happiness: To say that I found this book inspiring is an understatement. Watching the transformation of each of these characters stirred something within me and helped me discover not only some answers of my own, but the types of questions I should be asking myself. This book definitely takes you on a rich journey.
"Girls' Weekend" is beautifully written. It feels as though you are right there with Dani, Charlotte, and Meg. It's a wonderful read and I highly recommend it to any woman who has ever been struck with a case of the "what ifs".