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ABOUT GAELEN VANDENBERGHI am a writer, runner, reader, compulsive list-maker, mother and zookeeper (it feels like it, anyway). I grew up in Philadelphia, moved around a bit – Maine, Boston, NYC, back to Philly – and I have lived here for the past twelve years. I live with my husband and daughter, a fat cat, several fish, and a one-eyed dog.
My ReviewI wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I began reading Running Against Traffic by Gaelen VanDenbergh. I knew I was intrigued by the description of the story and by the title, after a hard day at work I sometimes feel as if just living life can be like running against traffic. I wasn’t expecting to find myself falling in love with almost all of her characters (except for David Davenport, Paige’s soon to be ex), the dialogue and her descriptions of a small Pennsylvania town.Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, Paige Scott Davenport has spent her time not really participating in life. Married, but pretty much ignoring her husband, Paige is surprised when he drives her to a house “they’ve purchased” in the country, dumps her and her luggage off at the house, and tells her he’s done and drives off. Unprepared to live life on her own, and not even knowing what it takes to live life, Paige finds herself faced with having to get to know herself.Both the primary character and the book's only point of view, we get Paige's story as she comes face to face with the fact she’s never really done anything in her life. She can’t cook or clean, and has no employment experience. Realizing she’s going to need money for food, and liquor to drown her sorrows and anger, Paige manages to get a job with the local attorney answering her phone. He’s also going to handle her divorce.Ms. VanDenbergh lets us get to know Paige as she begins to face her life and how she’s gotten to be where she is. As Paige gets to know the people in town, and gets talked into taking two roommates, Al and Bryce, who’ll work on fixing her house, she begins to spread her wings. Soon Paige finds herself running daily which helps to free her mind and help her get in touch with her emotions. She realizes she’s attracted to Al and finds herself caring for Bryce as a substitute mother. She also gets in touch with her anger, her pain and all of the emotions she’s kept buried deep inside.
Will Paige make peace with her new life and learn to embrace whatever comes next? Will she let her attraction to Al become something more than just an attraction? You’ll have to read Running Against Traffic to find out. I enjoyed it and can’t wait to read Running in Circles, the next book which will tackle Paige’s ongoing journey in life.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Crowns
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