Rating:

18244895Please join Zoe Fishman, author of Driving Lessons, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Meg Massey

Sarah is a marketing executive that’s sick of the hustle and crowds of New York, and is desperate to get out.  But when her husband lands an opportunity to teach in the middle-of-nowhere Virginia, she finds herself wondering if this was what she really wanted after all.  Soon she finds herself working part-time and trying to find out what she wants to do with her life.  And though her husband is desperate to start a family, – especially after Sarah’s sister-in-law gives birth to a beautiful son – Sarah isn’t sure motherhood is for her.  And her best friend Mona isn’t talking to her.  And on top of everything else, she’s taking driving lessons (at age 36!) because she never had to drive in the city.

Sarah’s best friend Mona has disappeared from life following her move, but steps back in when tragedy strikes.  Suddenly Sarah finds herself back in New York, facing not only her friend’s problems, but an entirely new situation of her own.  And when Sarah re-connects with her sister-in-law in a way she never expected, she finds herself seeing her life and her priorities in a new light.

Driving Lessons provides a glimpse into the life of a woman searching for answers to questions about motherhood, family, friends and career.  Sarah is a lovable, totally relatable character searching for purpose, and as the novel progresses, she undergoes a transformation that is beautiful to watch.  I also loved Mona, a character whom I felt was brilliantly created and written by author Zoe Fishman.  Her journey is one that could have ended very tragically, but as novel ended, I felt that Mona found her happiness, and a sense of empowerment.
I can honestly say that there were only a few books I’ve read in my lifetime that I could not put down.  This was one of them.  From start to finish, I loved every character.  I could relate to Sarah’s search for meaning in a way I can’t describe in a short review.  I will warn readers that there was some language and adult content.  That said, I think this book is a must-read for all the reasons I’ve listed here, and more.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Meg lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan. Library professional by day, freelance writer by night, Meg writes about life, entertainment and everything in between on her blog.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow Paperbacks. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.