Our New Normal, Colleen Faulkner
I read this book as I read most of my Kindle books—while rocking my daughter to sleep or sitting in her room while she plays. This may have influenced my relationship with Our New Normal.
I’m always drawn to mother-daughter books, so I was sucked in immediately. Liv’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Hazel, is pregnant and her boyfriend is a typical, irresponsible teenage boy. Liv wants Hazel to consider adoption, but her daughter refuses, convinced her boyfriend will step up. Shocking no one but Hazel, he doesn’t.
Add to this that Liv’s father is struggling with dementia and her mother has chronic pain. Oh, and her husband is distant.
Our New Normal was a brilliant book and it captivated me, forcing me to ask myself what I would do in Liv’s shoes. She’s spent her entire life being a mother and ignoring her dreams, now that her kids are grown, she thinks it’s her time. Than bad her daughter is pregnant.
I related to Liv’s desire to be seen for who she is and not just as the one responsible for picking up the right coffee creamer or chauffeuring her kids around town.
If you love complicated family drama, you need to pick this one up.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the gifted ebook in exchange for an honest review.