Breakup Boot Camp by Beth Merlin
Published by: Firefly Hill Press
Publication date: November 19th 2019
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary
After weeks of training to whip Joanna Kitt into shape for her big day, her picture-perfect engagement to her high school sweetheart is torn in two, and Joanna is left out on her perfectly toned rear end. To put the past and her heartache behind her, she sets off for two weeks at the renowned Retreat House Breakup Boot Camp in Topsail Island off the coast of North Carolina.
Despite her sadness, Joanna throws herself into the experience hoping surfing, yoga, spa treatments, meditation, and talk therapy will be enough to help her get over the one man she’s ever loved. But she soon learns the Boot Camp is only the first step to healing her broken heart. Joanna will have to come to terms with the career she abandoned, the losses in her life she never fully accepted, and the role she played in the ending of her relationship. .
When she meets Todd Aldrich, the handsome and mysterious hotel chef, she has the chance to take her renewed heart out for a test drive and see if she is ready for new beginnings and new love.
Will 12 steps be enough to get her life back on track? Or will her getaway to get over him prove healing the heart takes a whole lot more?
This is, in my view, one of those books where the cover simply doesn’t reflect the content at all. For my money, it undersells the story.
And the story itself? Well, superficially at least, it’s a reasonably light tale of a bride-to-be finding herself again after heartbreak. But there are layers to this book – particularly around Jo’s family and her history. I’m not going to lie, there were parts of this book that I found deeply emotional.
Overall, a well balanced story that didn’t rush to its conclusion.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, rom-coms, her daughter Hadley, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer was Beth’s debut novel.
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