So, our primary character, Hannah Martin, is in her late 20's. She is leaving New York, where she has also left a very bad relationship, and moving home to Los Angeles. She'll go to her best friend, Gabby, who has been there for her since they were in high school. Gabby is married to Mark, and Gabby's family invited Hannah to live with them years ago when Hannah's parents and sister moved to London, where the said sister had a special dance opportunity. Gabby represents stability to Hannah.
Hannah is still unsure what she wants to be when she grows up. She's lived in six different cities and has not felt settled anywhere. Perhaps Los Angeles will finally be the right choice. Gabby and Mark take Hannah out to meet friends soon after she arrives back in town. There are people at the bar that they've known since high school and more importantly, Ethan is there. Ethan and Hannah dated long ago, but college and circumstances separated them. Hannah has always wondered 'what if' about Ethan. At the end of the evening, a choice is presented. Should Hannah go ahead and leave with Gabby and Mark or should she stay longer with Ethan to renew their acquaintance? Here's a small quote:
Life is long and full of an infinite number of decisions. I have to think that the small ones don't matter, that I'll end up where I need to end up no matter what I do.
My fate will find me.
So I decide to . . .
At this point, our storyline diverges between the two choices. In one, Hannah leaves and her life changes dramatically. In the other, Hannah stays and her life changes dramatically. Did you ever see the movie Sliding Doors? This is kind of like that. In each chapter, we see what happens on the one path and then we see what happens on the other. And Hannah's fate is very interesting in either direction.
I found this book a good one, if a bit predictable. I did enjoy seeing what might happen and seeing where the lines melded and diverged and then ran back to cross over and over again. Hannah and Gabby were true friends, in both universes. I liked how Hannah's extended relationships were examined as well and sorted out. I'm not someone who spends a lot of time wondering if I found the 'right' guy. I know that I did. However, I also believe that sometimes, your 'right' person just isn't available, for whatever reason. And, perhaps then, there will be another path. What do you think?
I'll be checking out this author's other books - there are two - and I might have to go have a bit of cinnamon roll.