Some of the differences are good, like Rory’s new look; some are bad, like whatever secret Karissa is keeping. And then some things are just confusing, like Weston.
Weston, her mysterious new co-worker, who is the cause of so many of the changes Laney hates. She wants to despise him, but she can’t deny the attraction she feels, nor the desire she has to be around the one person who didn’t know her before the summer - the one person she doesn’t have to pretend for.
99 Days of Laney MacGuire by Rachel Bateman is a compelling story about confronting the past in order to move forward with the future. I enjoyed the characters, story, and writing style from start to finish.
The story spans a summer at a lake resort owned by Laney MacGuire’s father and each chapter is a different day during the 99-day block of time. I really like Rachel Bateman’s writing style. It was easy to follow the timeline of the story making this a quick read. I was invested early on and before I knew it I had reached the end.
The characters all have skeletons from their past, especially the girls. I loved following each relationship between the characters and how it evolved as the story progressed. Laney MacGuire has a mother who is callous yet smothering. Her father, although a nice man, has never been overly affectionate. Karissa, her best friend, has grown distant and standoffish. Then there’s Weston. He’s a new employee at the resort and brings a world of change to everything familiar in Laney’s life. As much as Laney is the main character, I felt like each character had their own fully developed subplot and backstory. I enjoyed watching each character face their demons and learn to cope with the ghosts of their past.
By the end of the story I felt satisfied. Not every issue within the story was resolved to perfection and wrapped with a neat and tidy bow and that’s what I loved so much about the story. Not every character did a complete turn around and changed their harmful behavior. To me that made the story authentic and is what really won me over.
If you’re looking for a quick read with mild angst and a happily ever after (for the most part), I highly recommend one-clicking 99 Days of Laney MacGuire by Rachel Bateman.
Rachel Bateman is a writer and editor who spends too much time thinking she can out-bake the Cake Boss. (Spoiler: she can't.) She lives in The Middle of Nowhere, Wyoming, but dreams of living by the ocean. When not writing, editing, or reading books, she can be found playing with her husband, young son, and herd of alpacas.
99 Days of Laney MacGuire is her first novel.
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