Published by Lake Union Publishing on July 1st 2016
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Women, Family Life, Literary
Twenty years ago, six Penn students shared a house, naively certain that their friendships would endure—until the death of their ringleader and dear friend Bea splintered the group for good. Now, mostly estranged from one another, the remaining five reluctantly gather at that same house on the eve of what would have been Bea’s fortieth birthday.
But along with the return of the friends come old grudges, unrequited feelings, and buried secrets. Catherine, the CEO of a domestic empire, and Owen, a stay-at-home dad, were picture-perfect college sweethearts—but now teeter on the brink of disaster. Lindy, a well-known musician, is pushing middle age in an industry that’s all about youth and slowly self-destructing as she grapples with her own identity. Behind his smile, handsome plastic surgeon Colin harbors the heartbreaking truth about his own history with Bea. And Annie carefully curates her life on Instagram and Facebook, keeping up appearances so she doesn’t have to face the truth about her own empty reality.
Reunited in the place where so many dreams began, and bolstered by the hope of healing, each of them is forced to confront the past.
Welcome to the first stop on the In Twenty Years blog tour! Allison Winn Scotch’s sixth book In Twenty Years is a reunion story about a group of college friends who reconnect twenty years to honor one of their own. The friend’s drifted apart over the years and there’s some bad blood between them but they agree to meet to honor their late friend’s wishes. Who doesn’t love a good reunion story, right?
The six friends met in college at the University of Pennsylvania and even lived in the same house. Bea was the glue holding the group together, and she suggested creating a time capsule to open in twenty years, on her 40th birthday. Though she didn’t make it to that milestone birthday, she left instructions with her lawyer to make sure the friend’s got together in the house they lived in to celebrate that Fourth of July weekend as planned. Life took the friends in different directions, but getting together gives the gang the chance to mend hurt feelings and work through their issues.
The story is told through multi-perspectives so we see what each friend is up to. These friends lead very exciting lives – there must have been something in the water at that house! Along the way though they all seem to have lost their sense of purpose, so the hope is that they can find themselves again by going back.
I like reunion stories, and this one pulled me in right away. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what happened to this group of friends and to see if they could recapture some of the magic that they’d lost.
In Twenty Years is an entertaining beach read with a lot of heart (and a lot of drama). Put this one on your radar if you enjoy books by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Karma Brown, and Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke.
In Twenty Years is on sale July 1.
About the Author:
Allison Winn Scotch is the bestselling author of five novels, including THE THEORY OF OPPOSITES, TIME OF MY LIFE, and THE DEPARTMENT OF LOST AND FOUND. Her sixth novel, IN TWENTY YEARS, will be released in June of 2016. In addition to fiction, she pens celebrity profiles for a variety of magazines, which justifies her pop culture obsession and occasionally lends to awesome Facebook status updates. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.
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