the someday jar book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Childhood dreams are the stuff of fantasy. Wishful thinking and happy expectations are like fairy dust that glitters the whimsy of young lives. But something happens in those years when one transitions into adulthood. Somehow that sparkle falls away and dreams are tucked carefully in boxes of memorabilia. Life goes on with those hopes forgotten. In her novel, The Someday Jar, Allison Morgan tells the story of Lanie Howard and her long forgotten wishes tucked away in a humble jar.

Lanie works as a real-estate agent. Successful and charming, the puzzle pieces of life fit perfectly together in her career and in her relationships. Engaged to Evan, everything about her life is picture perfect. One day, a piece of her childhood resurfaces, setting her off kilter and changing her future forever. When Lanie was young, her dad encouraged her to make a jar filled with her dreams. Little slips of paper held wishes and hopes. Her dad made her promise to empty that jar and accomplish every dream. That was right before he walked out of her life. Crushed and heartbroken, the jar was tucked away and forgotten…until it reappeared.

Remembering her promise, Lanie embarks on a journey to accomplish every dream written in that jar. As she works down the list, she begins to realize many things about herself and about the man she is about to marry. Does she even know who she is anymore and does he even care?  In the midst of her internal turmoil, a comedic side story emerges as she encounters a stranger who saves her from choking. When he enters her life again in an unexpected way, Lanie finds herself further reevaluating her life as she learns to dream again.

The Someday Jar provided the perfect balance of humor, romance and whimsy all tied up with a thought provoking undercurrent. As Lanie worked through her dreams, I found myself wondering what I would have written on those slips of paper and if I have accomplished what I hoped for. The characters are perfectly flawed and as such, they felt grounded and real. I found myself laughing out loud one moment followed by internal reflection the next. All in all, this was a great read. I enjoyed every moment and look forward to more by this author.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Sarah McCubbin is a homeschooling and foster mom in NE Ohio where she resides with her husband and 7 children. In addition to reading great books, she enjoys gardening, traveling and blogging at Living Unboxed.

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