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The Little Pieces of You and Me

When best friends Isla and Sophie were in college, they made bucket lists of things they wanted to do someday--from the ordinary, like learning Italian and making pasta from scratch, to the extraordinary, like learning to fly on a trapeze or taking tango lessons in Buenos Aires. But, a decade on, neither woman has fulfilled many of the things on her list. Isla is living in Amsterdam, working as an actress and dating a handsome Mexican man. Sophie still lives in Bristol, England, but is married to Liam, the love of her life. Although the moodiness of Liam's teenage daughter puts a bit of a damper on things for Sophie, both women are very happy.

That is, however, until they both receive shocking revelations that turn their lives upside down. In the midst of all the chaos, Sophie and Isla cling to each other, and to their lists of dreams.

Vanessa Greene (The Vintage Teacup Club) has created two likable, believable women in Isla and Sophie. As one of them faces a romantic dilemma and the other is beset by terrible personal news, their friendship and companionship ring true. Readers will enjoy the journey of each woman, and the way their friendship grows as they face their challenges and help turn each other's dreams into reality. The beautiful and evocative Amsterdam and Bristol settings add to the charm of The Little Pieces of You and Me, making it an irresistible read. --Jessica Howard, bookseller at Bookmans, Tucson