Friday, September 18, 2015

#BookReview 'See You Soon, Broadway' by Melissa Baldwin


See You Soon Broadway ebook coverMaris Forrester has a wonderful life with an amazing boyfriend and a fulfilling job. She’s happy and content . . . or so she thinks. Maris has always had huge dreams of being on Broadway. Ever since her very first performance as a child, she has envisioned herself on the stage under the shining lights. Now she has to decide whether she should to give up her wonderful life to chase those dreams.

When her parents announce they are moving, she comes across a long-lost family treasure. She doesn’t realize that this treasure may hold the key to her future and to all her dreams coming true.

And if that wasn’t sign enough, a mysterious stranger throws another wrench in the mix at a dazzling rooftop party benefiting the Arts. These could be signs of things to come.

But will she remain content in her perfect world, or will she step into the unknown world she has always dreamed of?

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**My thoughts**

I felt like I had a lot in common with Maris, She is probably biologically younger than I am, but not too much younger. (Or at least she is about my mental age.) She loves to reminisce and is nostalgic for her past, something I go through regularly. Reading about her going through the stashed belongings at her parents' house reminded me of when we had to clean out my parents' house. You get lost in those daydreams and cherish treasures that you either forgot about or had no idea ever existed. (And then there are those awful things like the Electric Youth perfume that seriously kept me laughing for five minutes.) She manages to get her hands on a treasure that is going to change her life, only she has no idea when she first holds it in her hands.

Maris has strong convictions. She is smart, knows what her dreams are and at least talks about following them some day. She has even taken some steps to get there. She recognizes the beautiful gifts in her life and how lucky she is to have these items and people. She seems to be accepting of fate, even though it can be hard to sort out all of those signs when they come at you.

The other characters are also great. Kyle is adorably sweet and everything you could possibly want in a man, other than he doesn't share quite the same goals that Maris does. Couples that are meant to be can adapt and grow together, though, right? Beatrice reminded me of my own grandmother, with some quirky Golden Girls thrown in. Her grandson, Trevor, is the kind of hot pain-in-the-butt that is ever so much fun to be around. His girlfriend, Giselle, is highly annoying. Cassie is a bit of a meddling sister, but I like to just think of her as being observant and outspoken. That isn't a bad person to have in your life. Ash just needs to be smacked. (And I swear there is one of her at almost every job I have ever had.) Georgie is the fun and supportive best friend who is also wrapped up in her own good fortune. All of these people play important roles in Maris's story.

Like all good rom-coms, this book played on the emotions with plenty of ups and downs. Some are forseen and others are not. I found the ending to be interesting. While not a cliffhanger, I did feel like a lot was unresolved, though it has the appearance of being tied up neatly for now. You just know that there is going to be another installment of Maris's story and I am going to be eagerly waiting for it. I also look forward to any other books that Melissa has to offer. This is my second one by her and I have liked them both a lot.

About the author:
Melissa Baldwin 2Melissa graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications; she has always had a love for writing. An avid journal keeper, she took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event To Remember . . . Or Forget. Since then she has written and published two more novels, Wedding Haters and See You Soon Broadway within 14 months.

Melissa resides in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and young daughter. When she isn't writing, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy being a mother, wife, chauffeur, PTA President, and Fitness Trainer.

When she has free time, she enjoys traveling, running, fitness, fashion, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.

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