Author: Jennifer Peel
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Date: November 29, 2014
One red eye flight and ten years of marriage later, Carly Bishop had what she considered a practically perfect life. Her journalist husband and her two adorable children were everything to her. But soon she would find out that her dream life didn’t fall in line with her husband’s expectations.
Left alone to sort out the pieces of her crumbling life, Carly finds strength in her children and her growing relationship with her in-laws. Most importantly, she finds her greatest strength as she builds a friendship with herself.
This is a beautiful story of one woman’s strength and determination as she finds the will to move forward and be happy while the life she had grown to love crumbles around her. It is a story of a man who has lost his way and may lose it all if he can’t find his way back.
The Girl in Seat 24B is a story of love and forgiveness.
The Girl in Seat 24B by Jennifer Peel was definitely a struggle for me. The writing was amazing. Jennifer Peel has an amazing way of making you feel, deeply, for her characters. The problem that I had was that I felt very strong undesirable feelings for the Husband of the main character… Strong feelings the went beyond the ability for me to change my opinion of him. Towards the end of the book, the plot takes a turn that I couldn’t follow, and for that, I have serious mixed feelings about the book. Great writing, yes. But the plot… I believe it crossed a line that made it unbelievable for me to recover from without our hero having a serious character growth that I didn’t feel happened.
Side note, I listened to the audio version of this book. The reader was not my favorite. The voice she used for the male characters and for the children grated my nerves, which is unfortunate.
I love Jennifer Peel’s writing, but I struggled with this book as well. I became so frustrated with the husband that even at the end of the book I still didn’t like him. I felt like he never really grew out of his selfishness. I also found myself becoming frustrated with the wife as well, but then I felt like near the end she had grown from the experience. Unfortunately, I just did not feel that way about the husband.
I finished this book feeling worse than when I started. Sure, the ending was good, but I felt like the change in the husband was forced, not genuine or organic. I was also frustrated that the husband and wife never really communicated. The wife would try, but then her husband would tell he wanted to put it off. If it were me, I would’ve sat him down and demanded answers. Not one of Jennifer Peel’s best. I also listed to the audiobook, and agree with a previous commenter about the narrator. She made the husband seem even more cold and uncaring than he was probably meant to be.