This is another of the books I read during my rehabilitation last year, but as I couldn’t remember much about the story, I decided to re-read it today.
Picture a cold, windy Easter Saturday; everybody is out and one is alone in the house. So reading was definitely the task(?) of choice.
Changing Lanes is the story of Abby Halliday. On one fateful day, Abby’s life is totally changed She is told her syndicated column is no longer required; it’s not edgy enough. Add to that the house she and her fiancé have purchased to live in following their wedding in 2 months’ time, is declared uninhabitable due to a termite infestation, and her fiancé sends her a text to say he won’t meet her for dinner as he is in Paris, France.
Meantime, Abby has gone back to her parents’ house in Paris, New Jersey, where she had planned to stay until the wedding. Now since her dream house is no longer available, she will stay there indefinitely.
We are introduced to her parents, Mother, a woman totally involved with providing a special family life for her daughters, Father who having retired now takes up a passion he has always had and has hidden, two sisters, one a pouting teenager and the other a delightful 5-year-old baby. Also, there is Nan who has lived with the family since her husband died.
The story follows Abby through her adventures driving her Father’s cab, reconnecting with two friends and many of the people from her childhood and Mick, the son of the next door neighbours with whom she had a teenage crush years before.
We move with her as she adapts and changes to the new opportunities available to her as she recognises that what was her dream life now ceases to be and there are other choices to be made.
This is a light-hearted book, easy to read and hard to put down. I strongly recommend it for a wet afternoon when you feel that the ironing, cooking or even writing, can be put aside for a time to relax with a good read.
Note – I received a free copy of this book and in return, I choose to write a review.