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in twenty years book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

A six-point star. That’s how six Penn students always thought of themselves while they were in college. They shared a house and shared their dreams. But right after graduation things started changing and falling apart. When Bea, the “glue” that held their star together, died suddenly, their six-point star shattered. After a major argument at Bea’s funeral, they went their separate ways and really didn’t speak much for the next several years. But on the year that Bea was to turn 40, they each receive notice from Bea’s lawyer that their presence has been demanded by Bea at their house at Penn for the weekend of her birthday. They were to receive a gift from her but had to be present that weekend to receive it.

Colin, the surgeon, struggles with going back because of how he helped Bea near the end of her life. Lindy, the music star, doesn’t want to face the people there because of her own frustrations with her career and love life. Owen and Catherine are on the brink of disaster: she with her blogging career imploding on her and he with his desire to no longer be a stay-at-home-dad and wanting to have a better relationship with Catherine. Annie is a stay-at-home-mom who is busy with play dates, PTA, Instagram, and Facebook; but for her it’s all a façade to show people how happy she is when in reality she knows her husband has cheated on her and is likely cheating again.

When they get back to Penn and things go quite crazy for them, they begin to really face who they are as individuals, but also as a group. Who they thought they would be now isn’t who they actually are. They each realize that they are broken in many ways but find that if they can remind themselves of who they were back then and what they believed, they can come out stronger on the other side.

In Twenty Years sounded like a really good story when I first read the blurb about it but once I got started reading it I was struggling to enjoy it. I’m not sure if it was because there were so many characters to keep up with or if it really just had an awkward start. But the more I read, the more I enjoyed the story and really wanted to see what they were going to learn and receive from Bea all these years after her death. It’s not my favorite story but In Twenty Years actually turned out to be a pretty good read!

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Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Lake Union Publishing. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.