On the surface Grace looks to have it all. She’s cool, confident and extremely professional in the work place. She’s not someone who makes friends easily because of her kind of cool demeanor and because of that leads a rather lonely life, but it’s a life she is very satisfied with. Bradley is a young attractive co-worker at the advertising agency where Grace works. They get paired on an account together and really hit it off. He sees beneath her cool demeanor and likes what he sees. Grace is flattered at the attention from this young, good looking man and at an after works celebration they drink a bit too much and “celebrate” in the back of her car. A few weeks later Grace realizes she is pregnant and decides she wants to keep the baby.
This novel is about how Grace and Bradley, two people who are at different places in their lives, try to find common ground and balance in order to be parents to the child they have created. I found it very easy to relate to Grace because I, too, work in the advertising world. I understood the emotions they went through after having a great meeting and closing the account. I’m also childless by choice, although now a bit older than Grace’s forty-two, I certainly remember my own choices about ‘to be or not to be’ a mother. Bradley’s character was a little harder for me to grasp. I met my own husband when he was twenty-nine and I was five years older. Bradley is thirty in this novel and seemed so much younger than I remembered my own experiences with my husband at almost that same age. Of course, different childhoods and experiences create different people, but I found myself having very little patience for Bradley’s hesitations and “backseat” shenanigans. I will admit that I am drawing on my own life experiences in my opinion of Bradley, but most readers would and other readers also may not have those same feelings I did.
While reading It Started in June, I was not completely certain with how this book would end. Grace was so self assured even though motherhood would be a completely new event and as a child she didn’t have a great role model in her own mother. I do think that a lot of women would identify with her character and what she went through in this book. They would root for her to celebrate in her pending motherhood, regardless if Bradley were to join her on that journey or not. You’ll have to read the book to find out whether the two of them resolved their pending parenthood because I don’t want to give away the conflict and resolution, but I will say that while reading about these two characters it did make me reflect upon my own life’s journey which is a compliment to the author for really making me think. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
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