I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky
Published by Piatkus on February 26, 2016
Genres: Chick-lit, Fiction, Romance
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Home is where the heart is ... but what happens when a mother and daughter are forced to question everything they thought they knew about themselves? Don't miss the next novel from beloved bestselling author Barbara Delinsky, who "combines her understanding of human nature with absorbing, unpredictable storytelling (Publishers Weekly)" in ways that no reader will soon forget.
Jamie MacAfee's life is almost perfect. She loves her fiancée, even if she hasn't quite worked out why she won't set a wedding date and she certainly adores her job, working as an architect on their family home renovation show. Meanwhile, her beloved mother Caroline has built up her confidence after a painful divorce, working closely alongside her daughter as the very successful host of Gut It!. Everything is going to plan, until the lives of both women are changed overnight.
When the TV network plan to replace Caroline with Jamie as the show's host, Caroline is left feeling horribly betrayed - and old in the eyes of the world. Then tragedy strikes, leaving Jamie guardian to her small orphaned step-brother and fiancée to a man who doesn't want the child.
Blueprints was an enjoyable read. That manages to not only be heart-warming but also pulled on the heart-strings as both Jamie and Caroline have to deal with a lot of emotion and changes in their lives.
It was the premise of the book that caught my attention, how would everything be solved? How would everything change and how can everything go back to the way it was? This is a book about family dynamics, competition and a mother and daughter bond. What I liked was the story felt real, believable, that this could happen to any family, anywhere.
Both Caroline and Jamie are good at what they do, and have a great relationship with each other, that becomes strained as each deals with what is important to them. Both are at different stages of life but each has something to learn.
One thing I would have liked was a bit more about the Gut It! show, as due to other events it was shunned to the side and then nicely resolved at the end. I did think that the author had packed a bit too much into the book so some things were, unfortunately lost.
Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky is a feel-good read with a satisfying ending and some delicious moments to get your head around.