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Time Flies: A Novel Paperback – June 10, 2014
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“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)
"Time Flies shows it's never too late to reinvent yourself. . . . [A] charming saga." (Boston Globe)
"[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)
“Full of engaging characters and humorous situations. . .This lighthearted story will have readers plumbing its hidden depths and enjoying the ride.” (Romance Reviews Today)
"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)
"The perfect summer beach read...Funny, charming, and downright lovable!" (Times Record News)
"This beach-bag-worthy story is one that may appeal to those who can commiserate with starting over." (Free Lance-Star)
"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)
"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)
"After accompanying Melanie and B.J on their hysterical road trip, readers will feel like they’ve made friends for life." (Kirkus Reviews)
“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)
"Claire Cook has an original voice, sparkling style, and a window into family life that will make you laugh and cry." (Adriana Trigiani)
“Reading Claire Cook might be the most fun you have all summer.” (Elin Hilderbrand)
"Charming, engagingly quirky, and full of fun, Claire Cook just gets it.” (Meg Cabot)
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I love the fact that Melanie has taken up welding--such an usual hobby in the suburbs of Atlanta. It's an early clue that this woman is more interesting than she thinks!
Time Flies is a poignant tale that reminds women of a certain age that marriage (or the end of a marriage) and grown kids (or almost grown kids) does not mean the best of life is behind them. As Melanie discovers there a lot more to discover and enjoy.