A YEAR TO REMEMBER
Soul Mate Publishing
Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit/Contemporary
Rating: 5 cups
Sara Friedman has just inadvertently given herself a life-altering deadline. In a momentary lapse of judgment and jealous that her younger brother is getting married while she is still single, she announces at his wedding that she will meet her bershert, or soul mate, within the year and marry him by the time she turns thirty.
Her best friend Missy quickly hatches a plan for Sara to begin online dating and to commit to meeting as many men as possible, in order to increase her chances of meeting her self-imposed deadline. Then, as a video of her wedding speech ends up on the internet, her story goes viral and she finds herself going on a plethora of dates, some good, but mostly bad, weird or just plain strange.
As the months go by, Sara is no closer to her goal then when she started. She wonders if she will ever be able to find her soul mate, but she thinks that there are many strikes against her, most notably, her weight. Self-conscious of her looks since childhood, Sara is ashamed of her body and hides her feelings behind her addiction to food. In addition, she doesn’t want to admit it, but she is still attracted to her brother’s friend, Goldman. And strangely enough, he seems to be everywhere these days, at her speed dating event, at Passover dinner, and even on the trip she takes to Israel…
Shelly Bell has skillfully crafted a terrific story based on one women’s quest for love and finding herself in the process. It was noteworthy to see a Jewish protagonist, as well as several gay supporting characters; I found this added depth and insight to the storyline. Additionally, Bell tackles the serious issue of eating disorders in an optimistic and meaningful way. I thoroughly enjoyed this read.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance and More