REVIEW: THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY, BY MATT HAIG

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting blockbuster novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

 

 

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When I first added The Midnight Library to my shelves, I was excited about the possibilities. It sounded like a deep and intriguing exploration of life and its possibilities.

And for a while, I did enjoy these explorations, wondering what would happen next.

But it didn’t take long for me to want to rush through the pages and set the book aside. As I kept plugging away, I found my mind drifting, which is usually a bad sign for the success of a story.

Some found this book fascinating. I did not. Sometimes we have to explore a book for a while to enjoy it. That did not happen for me in this one. 3 stars.

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SERENDIPITY IN SEDONA — A REVIEW

6494313When Georgia Mae Brown’s husband Ed died unexpectedly, and in somewhat sleazy circumstances, her life became one of loss, pain, and humiliation. But when she also discovered a secret stash of money, she sees a door opening to new possibilities. So on a day in April, Georgia literally walks out of her life. The boring, painful, predictable life in Columbus, Ohio.

It starts as an impulsive plan to drive to the grocery store, but she keeps going. Not sure where the journey will lead, she is excited and energized. And driving along in her deceased husband’s prize possession, a vintage Fleetwood, she feels limitless.

At a gas station, she notices an Arizona license plate, and the passenger casually suggests a trip to Sedona.

As the miles click away, Georgia is not at all sure where she’ll end up, but the journey has opened a whole new world. A few days later, sitting in a small cafe in Sedona, she has no idea where she will go next or what the day will bring. But something clicks for her in this place.

What happens next to draw Georgia further into this new life? Who will she meet that first day that will open up her world and bless her with friendship and connection? And how will her grown children back in Ohio try to turn her around and bring her back to familiarity and the past she wants to forget?

A story about taking a leap of faith and making one’s own destiny is also one about fate or serendipity and how one never knows what might be right around the next corner. I loved the characters that populated Three Moons Over Sedona, from Trish, the owner of the Soft Rock Cafe to Zoe, whose Moon Tide New Age shop helps change the way Georgia looks at her life. I felt frustrated with Georgia’s daughter Susan, who treated her mother dismissively, as if she were a crazed person. But as I learned more about her, I could understand her reaction. I also enjoyed learning about the events in the lives of Zoe and Trish, and the mysterious cafe customer named Doc.

Yes, the serendipitous moments could almost seem magical, or even unlikely. But as the events fell into place for the characters, and as new love hovered overhead, I felt that pleasant connection to them all. I have personally fallen in love with Sedona and enjoyed revisiting it through the characters in this four star read.