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Book Review-UpRush- Jo Barney

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Never, never under estimate what women in their 60's and above are capable of accomplishing--I should know--we are fearless and can out smart and out talk almost anyone. When four old college friends get together at one of their beach houses for a reunion they are all at turning points in their lives. When Madge tells them that she has written a book about them but she can't finish it--they will have to--of course they come up with lots of excuses--until they start noticing things--like post it notes all over the beach house.

This is a story of true friendship and what they ultimately did for Madge! I am sure you are going to love it--whether you agree or not with what they ultimately did. You will laugh at how they accomplished some of it! That poor Sheriff!!

I loved this book and give it a 5 Star-

About the Book: (from Amazon)

Four women, old college friends, meet at Madge's beach house, as they have done before, for a weekend retreat. This time, along with good food, glasses of wine, a little gossip, they discover that Madge, a successful novelist, has included them in her next book, the stories of their lives after their days and nights inn the sorority solarium smoking Pall Malls and talking as sexy as one could in the late 50's.

"Your stories aren't finished," Madge tells them, "just as your lives aren't. And l need your help with my own story."

Three of the women, immersed in the memories that Madge's novel brings to the surface, end their retreat about to make decisions that will change their lives. But what Madge has asked of them may be more than they are willing to do.

The four days they spend walking the beach, worrying in front of the fire, inventing stories for the sheriff, dealing with a man in a pony tail, hiding a guilty car in a debris-filled garage, and despite a few hissy fits, revisiting the intimacy they once knew in the smoky late hours in the Gamma Psi house, teach them to breathe deep and accept the awesome responsibility that real friendship asks.

This story is about women who have faced challenging changes in their lives, have kept friendships despite these changes, and who understand that they do have choices about which path to take next. Even at sixty.

Read a chapter or two here

Purchase the book Here (the kindle version is $2.99 as I am writing this-but check just in case)

About the Author: (from Amazon)


After graduating from Willamette University, I spent the most of next thirty years teaching, counseling, mothering, wifeing and of course, writing.

My work has been published in literary magazines, mainstream publications, and professional journals. Several of my short stories have won awards.

Lately, I have concentrated on longer projects and at this point, I've completed four novels. The first, Wednesday Club, uses my teaching life as inspiration, the second, Mom, my prodigal son, the hockey player, and the third, The Solarium, takes a close look at friendship. Solarium has been recently published as a paperback entitled Uprush (April, 2014) Graffiti Grandma, a thriller, examines the need, in even the most disturbed of us, for family.

These stories and essays, as well as the novels, reflect my observations of women's lives and the people who inhabit them: children, husbands, parents, friends, strangers who happen by and change everything.

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25 comments :

Elayna Fernandez-Bare said...

Best friends help you finish what you start :) Great message. I love friendship... my best friends are true treasures in my life!

Kristal Deane said...

Sounds like a relaxing book about friendship that I can look forward and even relate to. Definitely makes me think about my own peers. Thanks for the awesome review!

bxcrochet said...

That sounds like a really great read. I have to get my summer reading started.

Michelle F.

Masshole Mommy said...

Wow, 5 stars is pretty high! Sounds like I need to add this to my reading list.

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

This sounds like such a relaxing book to read. I haven't been reading much lately.

ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R said...

Sounds great a BFF is a BFF at any age---I'mputting this on my reading list!

DeDa Studios said...

Sounds like a perfect book for summer reading. Gosh I wish I had more time to read - so many great books!

Czjai Reyes-Ocampo said...

Sounds like a lovely, feel-good book. I have not been reading much for the past two weeks. My hands are really full, even on weekends!

Diane Estrella said...

Your review definitely left us hanging with a teaser. Friendship knows no bounds sometimes!

Kristen Campbell said...

This sounds like a good one that my mom would enjoy! I could see her being one of the characters LOL

Angie B said...

This sounds like a cute book I might actually enjoy reading

Jenn said...

The cover is beautiful, it brings you right in

Lame Shrill Owl said...

It's so true! My daughter's music teacher is close to retirement but has not decided to run for State Representative. Amazing what a woman in their 60s can do!

Kung Phoo said...

I like how this book is.. sounds like a good reality show

mymcbooks said...

looks like an interesting read.

Ella

Chelsea Olivia said...

Sounds good! I can't believe how many books you review, you must just fly through them! :)

Kendall Rayburn said...

Sounds like a great read! Thanks for sharing :)

mail4rosey said...

I like books that make you laugh. I also think you don't always have to agree w/what the characters do to like them. :)

Amanda @ Growing Up Madison said...

This sounds like a book that would be funny in movie format. I like books like these.

becca said...

this sounds good another great review will be adding this to my list.

Maria Constanza Oller said...

Wow I really hope toe 60 and still kepp my old friends with my I'm half way and my besties are always around 2 of them since kindergarden

Patricia Figurski said...

love books about women :)

Rebecca Swenor said...

This would be a book that would bring back memories. I would love to read it and pass it on to my mother. Thanks for sharing.

Lawna Noe said...

Women and friendship, sounds like a great book! I bet it would really make me think of my past memories, as well.

Teresa McCluskey said...

A relaxing book! Just what I need! Going to check this one out!

 
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