Wait for the Rain by Maria Murnane
Published: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Format: via author in exchange for an honest review
Daphne White is staring down the barrel of forty—and is distraught at what she sees. Her ex-husband is getting remarried, her teenage daughter hardly needs her anymore, and the career she once dreamed about has somehow slipped from her grasp. She’s almost lost sight of the spirited and optimistic young woman she used to be.
As she heads off to a Caribbean island to mark the new decade with her best friends from college, Daphne’s in anything but the mood to celebrate. But when she meets Clay Hanson, a much younger man, she ignores her inner voice warning her that she’s too old for a fling. In fact, this tropical getaway might be the perfect opportunity to picture her future in a new sun-drenched light.
With the help of her friends, Daphne rediscovers her enthusiasm for life, as well as her love for herself—and realizes that her best years are still ahead.
Like so many others I thought okay so another How Stella Got Her Groove Back, a woman who goes to the islands and finds romance with a younger guy but surprisingly I was wrong this was much more than that. Daphne and her friends all get-together and celebrate their 40’s on vacation. We met Skylar who is career obsessed, single no kids and loves it that way and Kc who is the exercise freak of the group. While we get a glimpse of all the women, Daphne is the main focus and we see her trying to get over her divorce and seeing her daughter spend more time with her father and his soon to be wife.
There is some romance between Daphne and a younger guy and later a guy more her age, what I loved most was the journey that Daphne is on trying to find herself and renewing her friendships with her life long friends. She finds out that she’s finally ready to move on and allow herself some fun and romance and also that it's time to follow her dreams that she has put on the shelf all this time.
Wait for the Rain is a wonderful read of friendships and finding who you are and allowing yourself some joy in life. This read is a quick read that showcases female friendships something that needs to be celebrated more.
Bridges by Maria Murnane
Published: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Kindle Press
It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it.
Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that becomes trickier when she sees Skylar’s spectacular apartment. Could her life have been like this if she’d chosen a different path?
What Daphne doesn’t know is she’s not the only one with a secret. Skylar and their friend KC are also holding something back, but what? As the trip unfolds, the truth about each woman emerges, along with tears.
And laughter. And love.
We are blessed to see Daphne and her friends Skylar and KC reunite in NYC for a weekend of fun! Skylar has invited them all to join her but surprises them by letting them know she has just got engaged! The woman who has always sworn off commitment has finally met her match and is getting married. Daphne has followed her dreams and wrote a novel and is currently shopping it around for publication, and KC has some amazing news…she just found out she is pregnant.
The three of them are moving on to important phases in their lives and each of them are terrified as to what the future holds in store for them. Daphne’s love life is so so she has been “dating” the age appropriate guy she met on the islands but it’s long distance and she doesn’t feel like she’s fully into it. What I loved most in this read is the growth of the characters, it shows us no matter our age we are always growing and learning throughout life. However, the friendships have always been the star of the books. I love how much they love each other and that they are always there for each other no matter what, that’s true friendship people!
Maria Murnane gives us another winner with this one. While this has the same characters as Wait for the Rain both can be read as stand alone's, but I highly encourage to read both, trust me you won't be disappointed!