Gail Gideon, 40, hosts a very popular call-in radio show for women who are “mired in one of the many states of heartbreak.” Gail counsels them on the air about how to move on with their lives. As she explained:
“That’s what The Gail Gideon Show was about, after all: finding love again after the darkness of heartbreak. Not love with a man – or another woman, for that matter – but with yourself. The show was a rallying cry for the single woman, a bad-ass-platform-boot kick to the stigma of singledom. It’s never too late to reinvent yourself, I told my heartbroken listeners. It’s never too late to become the person you want to be, with or without a life partner.”
Alas, this is a lesson Gail herself has not learned.
As she struggles to figure out how to follow her heart, we also learn the story of her 14-year-old-daughter Nicola (“Nic”), who has an affinity for horses and loves to ride. As the story begins, however, she takes an unwise jump with her horse, and ends up in a brief coma.
When Nic awakes, somehow she is no longer the unsure, stuttering girl she was before. Now she feels confident, and is willing to take risks in all areas of her life.
Gail is worried about her, but Nic is following her own heart, and Gail soon comes to appreciate what that means.
Evaluation: I was not fond of the main character, Gail, who was too self-absorbed for my tastes. I didn’t see why anyone else much cared for her either. But the story is actually about the developmental journeys of both Gail and her daughter. Nic more than makes up for Gail’s lack of appeal. She is brave, kind, considerate, and all-around delightful.
Published by William Morrow, 2017