Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Cold Feet by Amy FitzHenry

Published September 1, 2015 by Berkley

Pre-wedding jitters turn into serious doubts in this fresh and funny debut about tying the knot and untethering from the past...

Everyone’s expecting her to walk down the aisle.
But something is telling her to run.

Emma Moon's mother thinks it's acceptable to miss her only daughter's wedding rehearsal dinner for a work obligation. Her father left when she was six months old. Emma hasn't exactly been raised to be a happily-ever-after kind of girl.

So when her anxieties get out of hand, Emma and her best friend, Liv, decide to take a road trip to San Francisco, find her long-lost father, and put her family issues to rest.

But her quest for the truth stirs up events and emotions she didn’t expect. The urge to run away may just be a part of Emma’s genetic makeup, because she’s growing more and more tempted to do just that… 

My Thoughts…

I love the idea of a bridesmaid and bride taking time before the wedding for a private bachelorette party.     Yet for Emma it was sad.    She didn’t have anyone else who she felt she could ask to be part of this party.   Then the party did not happen.   Emma went on a wild goose chase looking for answers to who her father was.    I understood that she needed to know who her father was, I understood that she needed that closure to feel settled.   Yet, I was worried all the way through the book that it would not end up the way she wanted it to.   

Cold Feet was not what I expected.   I expected a book about a bride who is worried about getting married and is second guessing herself.   There is that in this book.    But I think she is second guessing the entire path her life has travelled.    Everything from her relationship with her mother, her friendship with Olivia, and her pending marriage to Sam was taken apart and examined.    There was a lot of emotion in the story, a lot of it heavy emotion.   When Emma should have been celebrating her life, her love, and her future she was dwelling on her past and all that was wrong.   

I do believe there is a life lesson to be found within the pages of Cold Feet.   The lesson is that you have to accept change and trust other people.    If you cannot trust and believe in yourself believe that those who love you will hold you up and build you up.    

Cold Feet is a story of love, friendship, self discovery, and personal growth.    The main character was self destructive and had some great support to pull her through.    I enjoyed Emma’s story.    Amy FitzHenry did a great job of pulling the story together and telling a tale that kept the reader entertained.  

Book Links

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What Others are Saying…

"Funny, incisive, and relatable...[A] smart, big-hearted debut [that] will have you flying through the pages." —Steph Opitz, book reviewer, Marie Claire 

“A heartwarming and uproariously funny debut about the way our pasts can shape our futures when it comes to love.  FitzHenry explores female friendship, marriage, and family with wisdom and wit.”
J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Commencement

“A heartwarming and effortlessly relatable novel about friendship and commitment, fidelity and marriage, and how to let go of the past in order to create a great future. A winning and funny debut.” 
Laura Dave, author of Eight Hundred Grapes

“FitzHenry”s voice, vivid with wit and charm, pops off the page from the very first words...An absolute treat from start to finish.” 
Bethany Chase, USA Today bestselling author of The One that Got Away

“A dazzling debut—clever, charming, and insightful all at once.”
Emily Liebert, the author of Those Secrets We Keep

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