Striving for Normal (Striving Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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First time reading by this author and it was great
There are some other twist and a sorta shocking ending (not really but just in case you are shocked) and when it was over I was glad.
Drew is seeing a therapist to help her strive to be normal after getting out of a very abusive relationship. She gets into a love triangle with two men. One she is set up with by her friends, who is a positive influence. Then there is a other who is the father of a girl at the daycare she works for who is very reminiscent of her abusive ex.
The love triangle in the book reminded me a lot of many women these days. They aren't strong enough to make good choices, even when friends and doctors try to help them. You see them falling down the wrong path again and again and making the obvious worst choice despite having the best choices right in front of you. Drew many times in the book put herself in situation that were unnecessary, and only got her in trouble. If she had the smarts to think things through rationally, she would see the bad choices she's making. The good news is, she does grow and learn as the book goes on.
The reason I could not give this book 4 or 5 stars was for some flaws I saw in the book if it is truly set in current times. In real life many things that happened in the daycare could not happen. Parents, friends, boyfriends, would not be able to stroll in and out as they pleased. Daycares would not instruct a teacher to take a child home if they are sick and take care of it. I also don't believe if there was a known issue between a teacher and a parent that the staff would leave the one teacher alone after hours with the potential of running in with that parent, especially if there were harassment issues.
I can definitely see the appeal of this book for many readers. I would recommend it to someone if I knew this fell into the kind of fiction they enjoyed as the author does have a way of drawing you in.
I was given this as an audiobook for an honest review.