Reviews Women's Fiction

ARC Book Review | Musical Chairs – Amy Poeppel

June 10, 2020
Jess Pierron with kindle for musical chairs

Bridget has been dreaming of a romantic holiday in her raggedy Connecticut home with her boyfriend Sterling. But her quiet summer plans change when Sterling dumps her via email, her adult twin children “need” to come back home, and her eighty-something composer of a father suddenly announces he’s getting married. Told from multiple perspectives, Musical Chairs is a lovely story about life and love between friends, lovers, and family – all to the symphony of classical music.

This was a fun and quick read – which sometimes your brain just needs! Amy Poeppel did an excellent job of keeping the reader engaged in the lives of this eccentric group of people.

I’m a huge fan of multiple perspective books however I found this one slightly more difficult to navigate. There were SO many different perspectives without a clear rotation. The points-of-view weren’t just limited to the “main” characters; which isn’t a bad thing, just made it a little more difficult to mind-prep before diving into the chapter. 

Our main protagonist, Bridget, is a woman on the move in her fifties. Poeppel did a beautiful job of allowing the reader to become invested in Bridget’s life. Bridget was honestly so relatable that I found it difficult to picture her in her fifties; as I kept imagining her in her thirties like myself. 

Poeppel created such wonderful imagery in her descriptions from Bridget’s well-worn Connecticut home to her relationship with her father and best friend, Will.

If you’re a lover of classical music and sweet chick-lit reads, I would definitely recommend this book.

Thank you Amy Poeppel and Atria Books for this gifted copy.

PUB DATE: July 20, 2020

She should try to enjoy this peculiar blip rather than fight it. It might not be the summer of romance she’d planned, but maybe it could be memorable in some way. Weird but wonderful.

Musical Chairs | Amy Poeppel

PUBLICATION DETAILS: Atria Books; July 20, 2020; 416 pages; Women’s Fiction

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