Kensington Publishing Corp.
Rating: 4 Cups
Sydney Webster has spent the last twenty-eight years married and living the good life in Massachusetts until some shocking news comes out about her finances after her husband's untimely demise. Relocating to beautiful Cedar Key in Florida to stay with her friend Alison, Sydney is now jobless as well as homeless and has to rely on her friend's hospitality.
Eudora Foster, or Dora as most locals call her, is friendly and outgoing, where her sister Sybile Bowden is moody and cantankerous. When she meets Sydney, there is something about the younger woman that has her thinking all sorts of possibilities, ones that pertain to her and her sister's own path.
Feeling out of sorts and not sure how a fifty-two-year-old woman is supposed to just start over, Sydney goes about her days with the sensation of being lost. When a handsome stranger engages her in an argument about leasing a building, it gives her an idea, one that will change her life. Next thing she knows, Sydney's empty life is filling with not only a new career, but a new vitality, new friends, and even a new beau. When links to her unknown past start to appear, Sydney begins to see that sometimes change is a good thing, even for a woman who thought her life was over at fifty-two.
Spinning Forward is a coming of age tale for a woman who thought her life was settled. Debut novelist Ms. Dulong conveys the story of Sydney, a woman with a grown daughter already out of the house and a controlling husband who has left her with a mountain of debt and nowhere to go. It is a story of survival and reckoning with one's own decisions within their life and how it has affected those around them. Just when the reader thinks they are getting a handle of the storyline, it changes and brings in new characters that add spice and laughter to the mix. A beautifully written story that shows how much a person can do if they learn to trust in themselves as well as lean on a friend from time to time.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More