Saturday, June 20, 2015

Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky

What They Say....Caroline MacAfee is a skilled carpenter, her daughter Jamie, a talented architect. Together they are the faces of Gut It!, a home renovation series on local public television. Caroline takes pride in her work, and in the way she connects with the show's audience. But when she is told the network wants her daughter to replace her as host-the day after Caroline's fifty-sixth birthday-she is devastated. The fallout couldn't come at a worse time.

For Jamie, life changes overnight when, soon after learning of the host shift, her father and his new wife die in a car accident that orphans their two-year-old son. Accustomed to organization and planning, she is now grappling with a toddler who misses his parents, a fiancĂ© who doesn't want the child, a staggering new attraction, and a work challenge that, if botched, could undermine the future of both MacAfee Homes and Gut It!

For Caroline, hosting Gut It! is part of her identity. Facing its loss, she feels betrayed by her daughter and old in the eyes of the world. Her ex-husband's death thrusts her into the role of caregiver to his aging father. And then there's Dean, a long-time friend, whose efforts to seduce her awaken desires that have been dormant for so long that she feels foreign to herself.

Who am I? Both women ask, as the blueprints they've built their lives around suddenly need revising. While loyalties shift, decisions hover, and new relationships tempt, their challenge comes not only in remaking themselves, but in rebuilding their relationship with each other.

What I Say....Barbara Delinsky is one of my favorite authors for mother/daughter relationships.  She writes them so well.  

Caroline and Jamie have a great mother/daughter relationship, but it is tested when their mutual workplace's reality show decides to replace Caroline as the host, with her daughter.

Caroline is torn by different emotions, love for her daughter and pride in her work, while dealing with a blow to her ego, and dealing with the thought that as she ages she becomes even less valuable in her workplace.  Her feelings rang true, and I liked that she didn't just quickly get over it.  She was a mother, but also a human with her own feelings.

Jamie's life is already in upheaval, when her father is killed in a car crash, leaving her with a 2 year old stepson to raise.  

I don't want to give any other spoilers, but this was a typical great Barbara Delinsky read.  The budding romances for both women are a little too easy - says this divorced 40-something who wants to meet a man in exactly that way! LOL - but they were satisfying to read.

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