Dani, Meg, and Charlotte have bonded over babies, barbeques, and backyards, but when they escape for a girls' weekend away, they can't bring themselves to return to lives that don't seem to fit anymore. Harried Dani can't explain why she feels so discontented until she meets a young gallery owner who inspires her to rediscover the art that once made her happy. Dependable Meg faces up to a grief that threatens to swallow her whole and confronts a marriage built on expectations. Flamboyant Charlotte, frustrated with her stagnated life and marriage, pursues a playboy Irish singer and beachside business opportunities. All three of these women thought they would be different. None of them thought they'd be facing down forty and still wondering when life starts. What they do when they realize where they're headed is both inspiring and wildly entertaining. GIRLS' WEEKEND is a fun, yet poignant romp through the universal search of who we are, why we love, and what makes us happy by an author who is quickly emerging as one of our most incisive storytellers. PRAISE FOR CARA SUE ACHTERBERG'S FIRST NOVEL, I'M NOT HER: “Well written, sometimes light, sometimes frightening, but always intriguing, this bird's eye view of two lives intertwined among millions is certainly food for thought, especially when one walks a mile in another's shoes.” – Tome Tender “What an intriguing storyline!” – Teena in Toronto “I loved this novel . . . This book had me laughing at some points, and it had me wiping away tears at others.” – Comfy Reading “After about two pages I was hooked.” – Glitter and Cookies “An awesome read! The theme of living the life of another no matter the situation and not judging without truly knowing is a lesson we should all take to heart.” – Literarily Illumined
|Publisher:||Fiction Studio Books|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||1 MB|
About the Author
Cara Sue Achterberg is a writer and blogger who lives in New Freedom, PA with her family and an embarrassing number of animals. Her first novel, I'M NOT HER, was a national bestseller. Cara’s nonfiction book, LIVE INTENTIONALLY, is a guide to the organic life filled with ideas, recipes, and inspiration for living a more intentional life. Cara is a prolific blogger, occasional cowgirl, and busy mom whose essays and articles have been published in numerous anthologies, magazines, and websites.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Girls' Weekend based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Nice character development, engaging story line,somewhat therapeutic.
Dani, Meg and Charlotte have been friends for a long time. Over the years, each of them has got married and had children. Caught up with being a mum, a wife, a taxi driver for their children, PTA meetings, homework etc they never seem to have any time to just be themselves. When Charlotte suggests a weekend away to Sunset Beach, just the three of them, eventually after some persuading of their husbands, Dani and Meg agree. However in those two short days, the women come to realise that they are more than just a wife and mother, and decide they need to stay for longer to ‘find themselves’ again. But will distance and time away from their families work out for each of them? Girls’ Weekend is a poignant story of three women who find themselves at a crossroad in their lives. They like being mum and wife, but they realise that over the years they have stopped being just Dani, Meg and Charlotte. Dani is married to Joe and has two children. Her and Joe have a loving relationship, but recently she has been the one pulling away. She feels unhappy but doesn’t want to take pills, she wants to find the root cause and make herself happy again. Charlotte is the more relaxed of the three. Her husband Brett is a good man and a doting dad to their 13 year old son, Will. When it comes to the two of them though, Charlotte has realised that they don’t seem to have that passion and there is no connection between them anymore. She sometimes wishes that Brett would have an affair just so she could end their marriage. Meg is a woman in a crisis. She is desperately lonely and fearful of the world that surrounds her family, especially her four children. This all stems back to two years ago when her son Logan died after having an allergic reaction to a cashew nut he’d eaten. Her husband Peter is a waste of space and cares more about his friends and his golf than his wife and family. Meg needs time to breath, relax and learn to come to terms with the past. Only by doing this, will she ever find herself again. Cara has written an engaging story that tells the story of modern society today. Between work, looking after the children, being a wife, running a home, a lot of women just don’t have time for themselves anymore. It didn’t actually feel like I was reading a book. It felt more like I was sat listening to these women tell their life stories. The three women are extremely likeable and I really took them all in to my heart. A beautiful book that has fabulous characters, lots of wine, and will have you wanting more.
Girl's Weekend follows three women and how just one weekend away from their families will change everything. Dani is married with two kids but not all is well in her marriage as she feels like something needs to change. Charlotte is a married, busy interior decorator with one son but she rarely sees her husband at all due to his work. Meg is still reeling from losing her youngest son, two years prior and feels her family and husband expect more from her by now. One weekend away from the husbands, kids and to just have a little quiet is all it takes for all three women to want to stay at the beach until they all are able to clear their heads and think about all that is going on within their lives. As they start to find who they are again, nothing is what it seems with the people they are hanging around and with things back at home, a little dicey due to their decision about staying away from a while, one night will change everything. After a terrifying call from home, they make the decision to head home but as they learned, everything will be different for everyone. I really loved this story and you can't help but feel for what Meg is going through by losing a child at such a young age. It was interesting to see how each woman was able to get through their problems and with such surprising acts that came from them especially what Charlotte did. The only complaint I have with the book is how it ended, I just wished that it would have giving more to what happened when they got back home but who knows hopefully we get to see more of these women is the future! Thank You to Cara Sue Achterburg for writing another fantastic book that will leave you wanting more and I can't wait to read more books by you! I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
Girls' Weekend by Cara Sue Achterberg Book description sounded interesting enough for me to request this title for review. Starts out with three woman in the same town who are friends with one another due to spouses or children and they decide to have a girls weekend. As each gets their own alternating chapter we understand why they are questioning their happiness as time goes on and wonder what it would be like to start all over again. What I like about this book is that they actually go for the girls weekend and are able to discuss openly about their feelings and how others see them. Each thinks the other couples are fine with one another and there are no problems. It's going to be hard to go back to their homes come Sunday... We learn otherwise. What I also liked is that each has a different problem and I can relate to many of them over the years past. What is really interesting is how they tackle their problems. Never had such a weekend but sounds like a fun idea. Really good read and can't wait to read more from this author. I received this book from Net Galley via the publisher The Story Plant in exchange for my honest review.