Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Home is where the heart is ... but what happens when a mother and daughter are forced to question everything they thought they knew about themselves? Don't miss the next novel from beloved bestselling author Barbara Delinsky, who "combines her understanding of human nature with absorbing, unpredictable storytelling (Publishers Weekly)" in ways that no reader will soon forget.
Jamie MacAfee's life is almost perfect. She loves her fiancée, even if she hasn't quite worked out why she won't set a wedding date and she certainly adores her job, working as an architect on their family home renovation show. Meanwhile, her beloved mother Caroline has built up her confidence after a painful divorce, working closely alongside her daughter as the very successful host of Gut It!. Everything is going to plan, until the lives of both women are changed overnight.
When the TV network plan to replace Caroline with Jamie as the show's host, Caroline is left feeling horribly betrayed - and old in the eyes of the world. Then tragedy strikes, leaving Jamie guardian to her small orphaned step-brother and fiancée to a man who doesn't want the child.
Essentially this is a book about family loyalties, relationships and new beginnings. Mother and daughter both working for a TV channel where they renovate homes giving them new lease of life and in a way this is what happens to them both. Through various problems they each face in their journey through trials and tribulations they come out the other side renovated and renewed.
I did guess how the story progressed and I must admit this is not really my type of novel so I did find it a bit slow in places but overall it probably achieved what it set out to do, be a feel good factor kind of read and it all nicely came together in the end. I never give spoilers in a novel anyway but don't really think there were any in this, at least not for me. A predictable read, nothing outstanding, a nice holiday type book.
Well written, good all round characters but just lacked that killer punch that makes a truly outstanding novel for me. Nevertheless I could not give it any less than 3 stars - great if you enjoy this type of novel and a pleasant read for those otherwise.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.