May 04 2018

Review for The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go by Amy E. Reichert

Posted by Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession in Reviews / 10 Comments

Review for The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go by Amy E. ReichertThe Optimist's Guide to Letting Go by Amy E. Reichert
Published by Gallery on May 15th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
Pages: 320
Format: Kindle
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1. Get through to your daughter.
2. Buy more cheese.
3. Don't forget to call your mother.

Grilled G's Gourmet Food Truck is where chef, owner, obsessive list-maker, and recent widow Gina Zoberski finds the order and comfort she needs to struggle through each day, especially when confronted with her critical mother Lorraine and sullen daughter May.

Image-conscious Lorraine always knows best and expects her family to live up to her high expectations, no matter what. May just wants to be left alone to mourn her father in her own way. Gina always aims to please, but finds that her relentlessly sunny disposition annoys both her mother and her daughter, no matter how hard she tries.

But when Lorraine suffers a sudden stroke, Gina stumbles upon a family secret Lorraine's kept hidden for forty years. In the face of her mother's failing health and her daughter's rebellion, this optimist might find that piecing together the truth is the push she needs to let go...




Three generations of women, with a family secret that could possibly break the bonds they have shared for so long. It was emotional but so heartwarming too.

Gina has a pretty successful food truck and is raising her daughter alone, her husband dies just a few years ago. They are both still grieving, but in very different ways. Gina and her daughter May’s relationship is like most that involve a teenage daughter. Attitude and sass, but this is also May’s way of getting at her mother. Having lost my parents as an adult, I can sympathize but I couldn’t imagine going through it as a teenager. I did feel really awful for Gina.

Loraine is the grandmother/mother, she is one feisty woman and all full of upptiness. She comes across as the nagging mother, but I don’t think she really intends to be. Their family has been through a lot of loss, but Loarinee’s secret is what the story will center around, and it’s a painful secrets for her girls which only adds the pain and sorrow.

I enjoy the family bands that The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go explored. The sisterly bond was great, but it was the mother/daughter bond that made me have all the feels. It’s clear these very different women love each other, but they certainly show it is different ways. It’s the secret that Loraine has held on to for so long, that I was afraid would ruin it all. It was a long journey full of ups and downs, sadness and anger, but it was so beautifully written, it just pulled you in and didn’t let go, even after finishing the last page.

The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go was just a wonderful and was both heartbreaking and heartwarming story of forgiveness and love of family. The emotional journey was so worth it.





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10 Responses to “Review for The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go by Amy E. Reichert”

  1. RO

    I really enjoy these type of stories, and glad this one worked so well for you. Happy Friday and Hugs…RO

  2. Angela

    I like stories that feature many generations of a family. It’s interesting to see how a secret can affect people differently. This sounds like a lovely story.

  3. Lily

    glad to see you have enjoyed this one, lots of positive reviews so I am excited. Should be reading this soon myself.

  4. Heidi

    I am hoping I liked this one. I thought her last book was a miss. Sounds like this is an emotional read, and I am looking forward to the family part.

  5. verushka

    Oh my, I thought this title was just lovely, but didn’t expect *this to be the blurb* How wonderfula and heartbreaking and positive this sounds!

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