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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451673671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451673678
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Time Flies is a spunky, lighthearted road trip down memory lane as two best friends reunite for their high-school reunion and challenge their fears. Years ago, Melanie left her friends and native New England to follow her husband to Atlanta, uprooting their two young sons. Now at midlife, she’s a recently separated, self-employed metal sculptor with a fear of highways, sawing her marriage bed into disposable chunks and bending the springs into art. When her best friend urges her to return home for their class reunion, Melanie’s driving phobia kicks in, and she begs off. But it’s hard to resist when an old crush she can barely remember lures her with his flirtatious e-mails. So she takes the plunge. What follows is a lot of reminiscing to the soundtrack of the good old days when the BFs finally meet up for their driving adventure. The banter is a lot of fun, and the characters’ realization of what is important is certain to make readers yearn for reconnections of their own. Another delightful beach read from the author of Wallflower in Bloom (2012). --Diane Holcomb

Review

"More than a beach read, Claire Cook's Time Flies is an absorbing and humorous look at lives lived during a particular era. . . . The author's facility with setting evocative scenes past and present is refreshing." - New York Journal of Books


"Cook's characters are delightful and quirky, and the storyline is fast paced and lively with just the right touch of humor and romance." -Fresh Fiction


"Fans of Elizabeth Buchan and Mary Kay Andrews will enjoy Cook's strong characters and the sense of humor that infuses her latest heartwarming novel." - Library Journal


"Claire Cook has an original voice, sparkling style, and a window into family life that will make you laugh and cry. -Adriana Trigiani
"Full of engaging characters and humorous situations. . . . This lighthearted story will have readers plumbing its hidden depths and enjoying the ride." - Romance Reviews Today 


"When Melanie's husband Kurt surprises her by packing up their family to move from Boston to Atlanta, she copes by throwing herself into metal sculpture.When Kurt later leaves her for another woman, the artwork saves her sanity and attracts restaurateur Ted Brody...B.J. is nagging her to come North for the upcoming high school reunion. Melanie doesn't want to until she starts getting emails from a former boyfriend...After accompanying Melanie and B.J on their hysterical road trip, readers will feel like they've made friends for life. Women will like this book." - Kirkus



"A summer book list isn't complete without a Claire Cook book on it." (Examiner.com)

"[Cook] delivers again. . . . Past and present riotously collide and give birth to an ending as heartfelt as it is hopeful." (Shelf Awareness)

“A spunky, lighthearted road trip down memory lane . . . The banter is a lot of fun, and the characters’ realization of what is important is certain to make readers yearn for reconnections of their own. Another delightful beach read from the author of Wallflower in Bloom.” (Booklist)

“A funny, bittersweet novel . . . Fans of Elizabeth Buchan and Mary Kay Andrews will enjoy Cook's strong characters and the sense of humor that infuses her latest heartwarming novel.” (Library Journal)

"After accompanying Melanie and B.J on their hysterical road trip, readers will feel like they’ve made friends for life." (Kirkus Reviews)

“More than a beach read, Claire Cook’s Time Flies is an absorbing and humorous look at lives lived during a particular era. . . . The author’s facility with setting evocative scenes past and present is refreshing.” (New York Journal of Books)

“Full of engaging characters and humorous situations . . . This lighthearted story will have readers plumbing its hidden depths and enjoying the ride.” (Romance Reviews Today)

“A fun and inspiring read . . . Cook’s humor and narrative execution is impeccable; Deirdre’s increasing self-consciousness elicits support for her to overcome insecurity and endure in her journey to find happiness and fulfillment on her own terms.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Filled with sweet humor and all the eye-rolling moments of jumbled yet ultimately loving family relations, romance, and coming into one’s own, this women’s fiction is a definite pleaser for devotees of the genre.” (Booklist)

“Cook’s penchant for hitting the emotional sore spot and combining it with humor hits the mark. ... A thoroughly enjoyable and amusing read, this story is sure to delight.” (New York Journal of Books)

“Cook has a light, fun voice and always infuses her stories with great wit and heart.” (Cape Cod Times)

"[Cook's] characters are always looking for the next exciting chapter in their lives and her tenth novel, Time Flies, takes her trademark theme in a thought provoking new direction...The resulting story is both touching and hilarious." (Bourne Courier)

"This beach-bag-worthy story is one that may appeal to those who can commiserate with starting over." (Free Lance-Star)

"The perfect summer beach read...Funny, charming, and downright lovable!" (Times Record News)

"Genuine, deftly drawn characters. . . [Cook's] poignancy and sassy humor resonate with readers; her theme of reinvention, uplifts and inspires. . . . It's the perfect companion for an afternoon under a beach umbrella with sand between your toes." (Savannah Magazine)

"Time Flies shows it's never too late to reinvent yourself. . . . [A] charming saga." (Boston Globe)

"Laugh-out-loud funny. . .Time Flies is the perfect novel to read on your summer vacation or while lounging by the pool." (The News-Gazette)

Customer Reviews

This book will make you laugh and cry.
Sbart61
What I love most about "Cook's Books" are how in every single one I can relate to each main character.
ali
I recommend Time Flies if you're looking for a fun book to read over the summer.
Leah

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By booklove on June 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I cannot tell a lie. I normally don't gravitate toward the women's lit genre, but I found Time Flies by Claire Cook to be surprisingly good. My surprise is in no way meant as a disparaging comment on Claire Cook's skills as an author. In fact it is meant as a compliment. She has created a wonderful book in a genre I usually don't like.

The dialogue between Melanie and her best friend, B.J., is witty and real and just the type of banter you'd expect from two women who have been friends since high school. This dynamic makes me long for my own friends in high school with whom I've lost contact. But life goes on, as they say, and that is also one of the themes of this book. Whether we like it or not, life goes on. Sometimes it takes us to wonderful places and sometimes we wonder how we ever ended up where we are today.

Melanie comes face to face with where her life has led her, and she must deal with and own up to her part. In many ways this book is the story of a woman finally having her coming of age as an unexpectedly single empty-nester. Ms. Cook does a wonderful showing how Melanie faces (or not) the changes in her life and the confusion with how she's supposed to deal with things. There's no right or wrong answer, but rather finding value in oneself and deciding what is best.

As these two women prepare to attend their long-awaited high school reunion, both realize that their lives are good and they've been lucky so far. And while most of the trip does not measure up to the lofty pedestal Melanie has placed it upon, she comes to realize that the quick fix and rose-colored glasses aren't the best answer to her challenges in life. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story about navigating the twists and turns of life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Beth Hoffman on June 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Several months ago I read an advanced copy of Claire Cook's TIME FLIES, and from page one I was cheering for the main character, Melanie. Melanie is lovable, and real, and silly ... someone I would like to be friends with. She tells her story with heart and humor, and she exposes her vulnerability during a time when her life has been turned upside down. TIME FLIES is a rollicking fun yet poignant novel that's sure to hit home with anyone who has ever experienced heartbreak, fought against a phobia, entertained a fantasy, or dared to say yes to an unknown future peeking above the horizon of midlife. Claire Cook has crafted another winner that's guaranteed to be a favorite of book clubs and shared among girlfriends. Run out and buy this one, and pick up several copies as gifts!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 15, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love Claire Cook and this book was no exception, she is the master of reinvention. This book was such a fun trip back down memory lane, I felt like I was riding along in the car with Mel and BJ as they got ready for their high school reunion. The only disappointing part about this book was when it ended. Some younger readers may not get some of the references, but if you are over 40, try to find yourself a 'Tab' and kick back for a great read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Judy Riddell on June 15, 2013
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I have been a Claire Cook fan since I discovered she wrote Must Love Dogs. I have read all of her books and she has not let me down yet. Time Flies is true to her style--a warm hearted main character navigating life's twists and turns with style, grace and most of all humor. The story is about more than another wife left for the mid life crisis other woman by the "high school sweetheart" husband. It is about a woman coming into her own, discovering her life is not behind her but ahead of her. All she has to do is just overcome her fears and take that leap of faith. Claire takes the reader along for the ride. We get to meet some interesting people and enjoy some laugh out loud moments. I would have read it in one sitting if I didn't have to work for a living. Time Flies is a great read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a well paced story with relatable characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By vox libris TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of Claire Cook, having enjoyed Wallflower in Bloom: A Novel tremendously. I was excited to get my hands on Time Flies and discovered that I had been looking forward to another book from her more than I realized.

I was not disappointed in the least.

High school reunions are similar to dentist appointments in that we know we need to go get checked out, but we dread the process entailed. Afterwards, though, we're glad we were cleansed.

So it is for Melanie, who moved away from her small Massachusetts town years earlier. She and husband Kurt headed south to Atlanta, where they raised two sons. Now Kurt has left her for another woman and the sons are grown, leading their own lives. But when the invitation to her reunion shows up, Melanie is determined not to attend.

Her BFF B.J., though, has other plans. She cajoles, begs, bribes, and attempts to blackmail Melanie into going. For all of B.J.'s force of nature personality, however, it's the prospect of meeting up with a former flame that truly nudges Melanie to show up.

Kurt's betrayal aside, Melanie has other issues she needs to face. She has a crippling phobia of highways and will drive as far out of her way as necessary to avoid them. This becomes the symbol for Melanie's literal and metaphorical journey: she needs to overcome her fears, whether of highways or of being alone or rejection.

Be prepared to laugh out loud. B.J. is the friend we all want to have. She is relentlessly on your side, but she isn't afraid of calling you on your crap, either.
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CLAIRE COOK wrote her first novel in her minivan at 45. At 50, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the movie adaptation of her second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She is now the USA Today bestselling author of 13 books, and a sought after reinvention speaker. If you have a buried dream, take it from Claire, it is NEVER TOO LATE!

Claire has reinvented herself once again by turning Must Love Dogs into a series, as well as writing her first nonfiction book, Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention (without getting lost along the way), in which she shares everything she's learned on her own journey that might help you in yours.

Find out more and read excerpts at ClaireCook.com.

Claire loves connecting with her readers and is forever grateful to them for giving her the gift of her midlife career. Stay in the loop for future releases, giveaways and insider extras at ClaireCook.com/newsletter and connect with Claire on Facebook (ClaireCookauthorpage), Twitter (ClaireCookwrite) and Pinterest (ClaireCookwrite).

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