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Time Flies: A Novel

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  • Posted June 13, 2013

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    I cannot tell a lie. I normally don't gravitate toward the women

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

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    Time Flies by Claire Cook Class reunions only allow those who ha

    Time Flies by Claire Cook
    Class reunions only allow those who have succeeded at their goals, show off.
    Melanie had no plans to go. She had been married for decades and she was divorcing him, Kurt. She is a metal sculptor where she would use
    any metal she could recycle and create a piece. Loved hearing the welding terms as that is one job my husband was trained to do.
    Love hearing of all the decorating ideas Barbara (bj) has plans for the reunion tables.
    Listening to the transformation of the box springs is genius, love hearing how they progress..and go for a ride of their life!
    I am finding this book hilarious at times as it reminds me of my reunion/school days and the same songs, style of clothes, etc.
    Love hearing about all the seashore things, sea glass, as I'm from the same area and she realizes the time has flown by as she sees the drastic changes, even the beach has suffered.
    So many songs and lyrics from my neck of the woods also that I totally remember.
    Reunion does not go as planned...love this book a lot for the work she does with her hands and her designs.
    I received this book from Edelweiss by Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

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    My first book by ms Cook and I enjoyed it very much. These characters are my age and I could relate to most of the story including the husband leaving for another woman during the empty nest period. Glad there was a satisfying ending. I will definitely read more books by this author.

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  • Posted October 10, 2013

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    I cannot remember the last time I had so much fun reading a book

    I cannot remember the last time I had so much fun reading a book.  This book totally entertained me from start to finish.  What’s not to love about a road trip in a classic car with classic rock blasting away?  I didn’t want it to end.




    I have to say I loved the quirky characters in the book.  They made me laugh out loud.  The book is written in first person in Melanie’s POV.  I really liked her understated spunkiness.  From the time she cut up her marriage bed, I was a fan.  Her best friend, BJ, is her champion.  BJ is outspoken and in-your-face.  They make a great pair.




    I really recommend this lighthearted, fun book.  I kept thinking it would make a fun movie.  Although I did see Must Love Dogs, this is my first Claire Cook read.  I really like her writing and plan to read more of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    very cute read

    Very funny and quirky. Good beach read

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    This is the first book by Clair Cook I have read and I really en

    This is the first book by Clair Cook I have read and I really enjoyed it. The story is fun and the characters are so relateable! It opened up my eyes to what my mom went thru as an empty nester--and what I will go thru when my kids are grown! This was a great book and I will definitely be reading more of Claire Cook's books!

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  • Posted June 29, 2013

    Another fun, fast read by Cook heralds the summer season. When M

    Another fun, fast read by Cook heralds the summer season. When Mel's best friend from high school, BJ, keeps emailing her about their upcoming high school reunion, she finally wears her down. Mel, a metal sculptor, can set her own hours and needs a break from Atlanta, where her ex, Kurt, is setting up housekeeping with his new girlfriend, Crissy. She heads home to Massachusetts, where old friends and possibilities await. There's lot of fun retro tie-ins as BJ and Melanie embark on their buddy style trip to the reunion.

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