Sunday, May 29, 2016

#Book #Review. . . I Almost Forgot About You

About the Book:

In I Almost Forgot About You, Dr. Georgia Young's wonderful life--great friends, family, and successful career--aren't enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, quitting her job as an optometrist, and moving house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love. Like Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, I Almost Forgot About You will show legions of readers what can happen when you face your fears, take a chance, and open yourself up to life, love, and the possibility of a new direction.

M & J's Review

Dr. Georgia Young is a fifty-four year old woman working in her chosen field of optometry. She has a lucrative, but unfulfilling business practice and feels as though she’s missing something; however, not quite sure as to what it is. Georgia is at a crossroads in life. Her dilemma is should she stay in her practice, or follow a passion she’s had for most of her life? She’s a mother of two grown daughters, who have their own share of drama, and the ex-wife of two failed marriages. 

Everyone around Georgia appears to have their lives figured out, but she’s tired of being alone and not in love. At this age, she should be happy, right? Most people would kill to have her life, but they aren’t the ones walking in her shoes. Sure, her girlfriends and family want the best for her, but Georgia isn’t so sure what that best should be.

She then decides it’s time to put her house on the market and take that long train ride she’s been dreaming about taking. Traveling across country and seeing things she’s missed out on. After all, her job is to help others see better, and she’s blinded by the confusion of the state of her life currently. One day when a patient stops in for a checkup, she discovers this young woman is the daughter of a long lost boyfriend from her college days. When she inquires as to how he’s doing, his daughter advises her that her father passed away a few years ago. After discovering that news, it heightened Georgia’s desire to find past lovers. She felt horrible when she learned that a classmate and ex-boyfriend was deceased, it donned on her that she’s not getting any younger, and she wants to know what has happened to some of the men she used to know.

As Georgia embarks down memory lane, she isn’t quite prepared for some of the blasts of her past and what they are currently doing and how they once felt about her. Georgia takes to social media to begin her search. What she learns is quite astonishing. As she becomes engrossed in her investigative skills, her girlfriends Wanda and Violet are there to take the ride with her. Her mother is eighty-two and living like she’s in her twenties. There isn’t any grass that grows under her feet. She keeps it moving and living life with much zest. This is what she wishes for her daughter, Georgia. 

This is truly a coming-of-age story in more ways than one. What Georgia goes through within a year is eye opening for this optometrist. She will soon see life as it should be. I must say McMillan has done it again. What I love about her writing is that it’s always heartfelt and colorful. She creates characters that are real and believable. This story could be anyone’s story and one that most women will be able to relate to. I can definitely see this novel being turned into a movie like many of McMillan’s past work. This lady can write and she does it so well—the only way she knows how. I love the formula she uses to bring her stories to life, which is why her characters are unforgettable. They become part of your life, and often times, you may find yourself thinking of these characters as you go on.

Mello & June gives I Almost Forgot About You five stars and beyond. As you read Georgia’s story, you will become so engrossed with how she fairs as she matures throughout the story. The ending was outstanding! Let’s just say, Georgia is going to be alright. She’s definitely going to find her groove as you, the reader, will too. 

I Almost Forgot About You will go on sale June 7, 2016. If you are a Terry McMillan fan, such as myself, get ready ‘cause you already know she’s going to bring it! Great job and well done! Happy Reading! You will definitely want to pick up this book!

Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer