Author Guest Post
How often have you looked to your girlfriends and said, "I need your advice. What do you think?"
More times than you can count, right? And thank goodness you have your best mates there for you, whether it's just to commiserate with over a lousy date (or maybe a disaster at the hairdresser), or to have a serious heart-to-heart. When the road starts to get bumpy, for whatever reason, it's always reassuring to know that if you just look next to you you've got a friend there to help out in the best way she can.
Without her group of girlfriends, the leading lady in When Girlfriends Step Up, Robin Sinclair, would find herself in quite a bind. Robin's not exactly very confident, she hasn't found her Mr. Right (or anyone who remotely comes close), and just when she thinks her love life is as pathetic as it can get, well…she finds out that she's pregnant. Single and pregnant and trying to track down the father…definitely not Robin's idea of a sure-fire way to a happily-ever-after.
With an unexpected bundle on the way, Robin needs her friends now more than ever. Instead of daydreaming about the perfect future wedding, it's making a birthing plan and going to Lamaze class. It’s not fashionable new dresses, it's maternity clothes. And champagne and parties? It's all about midnight feedings and diaper changes now. Life is changing quickly, whether Robin is ready or not. She has to step up to the plate, reach down deep inside and find her confidence, and know that even though there may not be a Prince Charming by her side, she has her best girlfriends who love her and support her all the way.
It's the roughest of times, like discovering you're single and pregnant and clueless as to what to do with your life, that the truest of friendships come to light. Even though Lara, Robin's fellow unlucky-in-love BFF, is a high-powered and busy career woman, she doesn't think twice about having Robin and baby move in with her. Friends Jackie and Emily wouldn't dream of being anywhere else when Robin's baby is born. Gal pal Claire insists on throwing a baby shower for the mom-to-be. And long-time friend Sophie puts aside past indifferences to help out a friend in need. It's true friendship that helps see Robin through this difficult time. And she can find that self-assurance with her friends' encouragement and support, from the "Omigod! I'm going to have a baby!" moment all the way to the, well…you'll just have to find out for yourself. ;)
And, when it comes to that plaguing question, "Will I ever find true love?" When Girlfriends Step Up is a chick lit, after all, and with such a rocking protagonist like Robin, she definitely deserves to find a little love. A traditional love story? This book is all about writing your own happily-ever-after.
Thank you for dropping by this fantastic stop during my Chick Lit Plus Blog Tour. And thank you to Kathleen for inviting me here today! When Girlfriends Step Up is the second installment in my When Girlfriends… collection.
If you want to know if fellow loveless friend, Lara, finds her own Mr. Right, then you just might want to check out When Girlfriends Make Choices, which I'm pleased to share I'll be touring with in April, and will be making another lovely appearance right here at Jersey Girl Book Reviews!
About The Author
Savannah Page is the author of the continuing When Girlfriends ... collection and her travelogue and first book, Bumped to Berlin. When she isn’t writing, Savannah enjoys a good book with a latte and jazz tunes, Pilates, and exploring her home of Berlin as an American expat.
When Girlfriends Step Up by Savannah Page ~ Virtual Book Tour Page: Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours
When Girlfriends Step Up by Savannah Page
Book 2: When Girlfriends ... collection
Publisher: Pearls and Pages
Publication Date: September 27, 2012
Format: Paperback - 340 pages / Kindle - 462 KB
Genre: Chick Lit / Women's Fiction
BUY THE BOOK: When Girlfriends Step Up
BUY THE COLLECTION: When Girlfriends ...
Book 1: When Girlfriends Break Hearts
Book 2: When Girlfriends Step Up
Book 3: When Girlfriends Make Choices
Book 4: When Girlfriends Chase Dreams
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
Robin Sinclair is young, determined, and has a promising career at a small publishing house in Seattle. Even though she considers herself unlucky in love, Robin still dreams of eventually meeting Mr. Right and having a happily-ever-after kind of life. And at twenty-five, the world of opportunity is wide. But it's been a difficult year filled with trials...and it's only just begun.
While long-time friendships are finally on the mend, and things are starting to look up again, Robin is faced with her biggest challenge yet. She's single and pregnant.
Uncertain now of her future and scared of being alone, Robin must re-examine her life and choices, and summon the courage to step up.
With the love and support of her best girlfriends from college, especially her best friend and roommate, Lara, Robin will learn that when the going gets tough, the best of friends become family. And, perhaps, with their encouragement, Robin can mature and gain the confidence needed to become a single mother. And, who knows about being unlucky in love. Things are suddenly getting interesting with Robin's attractive co-worker, Bobby.
This is an endearing story about maturity and perseverance. It's a story about friends coming together as family, about finding the strength within and around, and about writing your own happily-ever-after. About what happens when girlfriends step up.
My Book Review:
"But, I'll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour. I'll be there for you, like I've been there before. I'll be there for you, cause you're there for me too."
- I'll Be There for You by the Rembrandts - Friends Theme
Twenty-five year old Robin Sinclair works at a small publishing house in Seattle. She thinks that she is unlucky at love but believes that Mr. Right is still out there, and she has a great core of girlfriends to lean on ... and boy is she going to need them when she finds out that she is pregnant after a one night stand! Single, pregnant and unsure of what the future will hold, Robin relies on her five girlfriends: Sophie, Claire, Lara, Emily, and Jackie to lend support during her pregnancy. Robin's journey of self-discovery will teach her life lessons, show her how valuable good friends really are, and might even bring Mr. Right in the form of a co-worker her way!
When Girlfriends Step Up is a lighthearted and fun story about friendships that will provide the reader with a warm and fuzzy feeling. In the second installment of the When Girlfriends ... collection, author Savannah Page weaves a wonderful tale about the beauty and dynamics that make up friendships. Written in the first person narrative, the reader follows Robin's journey of being single and pregnant, learning life lessons, and finding out the meaning of true friendship when her five girlfriends rally around her at a time when she needs them the most.
This sweet story provides a message with a gentle reminder that friends may come and go, but a true core group of girlfriends will always be with you through thick and thin, good and bad times, to always give their love and support. This is a truly enjoyable read that is witty, humorous and emotional, it draws you in from the beginning and keeps you enthralled to the end.
I loved how Robin and her five girlfriends dealt with a variety of life issues with a mixture of friendship, love and forgiveness. Friends help each other grow and teach each other the beauty of what it truly means to be friends.
With a lovable cast of characters; quirky dialogue and interactions; and a realistic storyline about friendships that any group of girlfriends can relate to; When Girlfriends Step Up is a wonderful story that shows how priceless the bond of friendships are to everyone, especially girlfriends!
When Girlfriends Step Up is the second book in the When Girlfriends ... collection.
RATING: 4 STARS ****