Finding My Way by Megan Keith
Genre - New Adult
My Rating = 3.75 stars rounded up to 4 (for the DJ!)
Breaking up is hard to do… moving on is even harder…
When twenty-three-year-old Emma discovers that her ex is moving on with his life, she decides to harden up and get on with living her own.
Who knew that just opening up to the possibility of a new relationship would be all that it took?
Things start looking up when her hot new co-worker Seth notices her. He had been the subject of her fantasies, but she never thought she stood a chance.
Then there’s Nick, the sexy and self-assured guy she met at the train station that she cannot get out of her head.
When even more prospects begin to show it seems that life is finally looking up. Top it off with a new career opportunity and Emma finally believes she can 'find her way' to a whole new life.
*ARC received direct from the author in exchange for my honest review
This was a book was about new beginnings, lost loves and new loves but mostly it was about the journey in life we take and how one turning can lead us to an entirely different direction we did not intend to take.
Emma is finally moving on with her life after her long relationship with Josh who she has been with since a young age, is finally over after she finds he has now moved on himself. Now there is no turning back and she must grasp life with both hands and take up new opportunities and adventures. This leads her to a new role in her career and Seth and Nick.
Seth is new to the company Emma works at but they finally notice each other and the growing attraction they have for each other. The innocuous eye contact and lift interactions push this to another level.
Nick sees Emma everyday as she makes her way through the train station on her way to work. One day with her thoughts in the clouds she is beaming a big smile which Nick notices and as she comes to the kiosk he works at he finally makes the first conversation they have had, which leads to a growing friendship but could this be more?
This book is written with three POVs which at the best of times is hard to undertake with two characters but with three it can get a little confusing for the reader. Here we had Emma and her family, Emma with Seth and Emma with Nick. Then both Nick and Seth with their friends and family. Further into the book all of them together but with separate chapters working the same scene. I must admit I did find it a little confusing and also the same scenes were written over and over leading the reader to be taken through the same situation in order to be given how each character was being impacted. It was this that I found frustrating as I found it tedious to be taken though the same things which only lead to me wanting to flick through pages to get to the overall outcome. I would have preferred the actual scene to be concluded to one character then to be told in reflection how this was impacted on the other two.
I realise as a first book in a trilogy it is required to set up the situation and the background stories of the characters as we move through the story but we were given every little tidbit of the characters day to day lives, even down to minute detail.
I know that Emma is coming to a crossroads in her life (hence the title of the next book) but I wasn't able to invest in the relationship development she had with either Seth or Nick. Her depth of feeling for both of them was on a par so you felt you wanted to have them move on to the conclusion of who it was going to be but this was not until much later in the book and then this was given another curveball near to the end.
I liked the characters of both Seth and Nick and each offered wonderful attributes in their own strengths. This also made me anxious as I didn't want either of them not to be the victor – unless the author went for a ménage a trois! I totally understood why Emma was cautious as she had invested her life to someone at an impressionable young age and had gotten hurt by that but sometimes I just wanted to give her a shove and say “Choose now!” To be fair she does do this later in the book and we are on the happy trail for a while but then the curveball is thrown.
It is good that the author does get the anxiousness feeling across as this is what someone making a change in life would be feeling, especially after coming from a stage in life where all was safe and predictable – like Emma’s was with Josh. But then she grows to the next stage in her life which brings new anxieties.
There isn’t a HEA per se for this book, although nothing bad happens it just left me wanting. But then as a trilogy I guess that’s the idea! A snippet of the next book does give an indication for the theme we can expect. I do hope Emma gets her HEA but I want the same for Seth and Nick.
Overall I did enjoy this book but it did need time investing in it to read – a whopper of a 500 pager! I am looking forward to the next book Crossroads as I am keen to see what happens next for all three characters.
A lovely story of transgression and adulthood and all that that entails – the good and the bad!