Zoe Saldivar is more than just single-she's ALONE. She recently broke up with her longtime boyfriend, she works from home and her best friend Jen is so obsessed with her baby that she has practically abandoned their friendship. The day Zoe accidentally traps herself in her attic with her hungry-looking cat, she realizes that it's up to her to stop living in isolation.
Her seemingly empty life takes a sudden turn for the complicated - her first new friend is Jen's widowed mom, Pam. The only guy to give her butterflies in a very long time is Jen's brother. And meanwhile, Pam is being very deliberately seduced by Zoe's own smooth-as-tequila father. Pam's flustered, Jen's annoyed and Zoe is beginning to think "alone" doesn't sound so bad, after all.
A Million Little Things is a story about family and friends, loving and living, and all the challenges women face in today's society. With three women in focus who throughout the story confront the variety of the demands of life from career choices to dating to child rearing to marriage to losing your spouse and everything else imaginable in between the story has something, most will relate to.
The characters challenged me while reading the story because it is so life-like and their actions at times thus flawed, to understand their reasoning and opinions took patience and broadmindedness that I lacked with some issues. It took me awhile to get into the tale, but once it opened up to me it was an emotional experience.
Zoe Saldivar had more courage than she gave herself a credit for. At the crossroads with her career and future, she seeks for the possibilities, takes chances, and isn't afraid to ask for help. She has the patience and broadmindedness that I seemed to lack with her friends. Her relationship with her dad is honest and open like all her relationships were, I enjoyed the banter between the father and daughter, often making me smile.
Zoe and Steven's chemistry and connection were easy, there were no quibbles even though there were obstacles on their way. They were genuine and sincere with each other in the big and small things, the straightforward honesty and dignity they handled things with were delightful, there was a sense of effortless bonding between them that told about the contentment they had with each other.
Jen and Pam, the mother-daughter duo, took turns to rattle my patience. Jen grew on me, her change, development in the story is the most remarkable one with the found medical conditions, that no one had paid attention to before, helping her to calm down. The troubles and anxiety she has to go through until she finds her footing again were raw and rough. I grew to like and understand her better as the story unfolded, I admired her willingness to stand up for her mother and speak up when needed.
Pam was the opposite, the more I found out about her, the more her opinions and views were revealed, the more I resented or disliked her, and she never really won me over again. Her sincerity was lacking in my eyes.
Life is hard, there are many bumps in the road and obstacles in our way as we try to find our place in the society and peace in our minds. To have friends and family to stand by you and help you face both the difficult and the joyful times lightens the load and makes it easier to move forward. A Million Little Things is what life is all about, those tiny ripples in life that make the waves that move life forward
~ Four Spoons
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