Hoffman’s first novel about falling in and out of love in midlife is an easy read. It’s also a must-read for strongminded women who want to follow their hearts. The story shows us that times of grief awaken a place within one’s self for repairing broken heartstrings and making new beginnings.
Libby Carson has achieved her dream job, with plenty of devoted clients. Her history with men is not something she is proud of, but it makes her strive to fill her life with other interests and activities. She’s happy with accepting and entertaining friends. But what is Libby really looking for in a relationship with the opposite sex? When she receives not one but two marriage proposals, she must finally decide what she wants. During her morning runs through the woods, she tries to find clarity of heart. (ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN, Aug., 256 pp., $14.99)