Review

Musical Chairs. Amy Poeppel

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Publisher: Atria Books

Date: July 21st 2020

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Bridget and Will have the kind of relationship that people envy: they’re loving, compatible, and completely devoted to each other. The fact that they’re strictly friends seems to get lost on nearly everyone; after all, they’re as good as married in (almost) every way. For three decades, they’ve nurtured their baby, the Forsyth Trio—a chamber group they created as students with their Juilliard classmate Gavin Glantz. In the intervening years, Gavin has gone on to become one of the classical music world’s reigning stars, while Bridget and Will have learned to embrace the warm reviews and smaller venues that accompany modest success.

Bridget has been dreaming of spending the summer at her well-worn Connecticut country home with her boyfriend Sterling. But her plans are upended when Sterling, dutifully following his ex-wife’s advice, breaks up with her over email and her twin twenty-somethings arrive unannounced, filling her empty nest with their big dogs, dirty laundry, and respective crises.

Musical Chairs is an excellent title for this book, as the characters and  various pets, dance in and out of the story. Most of them by the end of the book have changed places – upending the lives that were and taking on something new.

I did find so many characters hard to keep track of, although I need to say they all eventually settled and intertwined in a satisfying way.

The friendship that Will and Bridget have is amazing and right the way through they are there for each other. They form part of a trio – the only problem being they have lost their third member and this is sort of forcing them to take a second look at their lives.

There is so much going on with Bridget’s adult children, her sister and father who has just announced he too is going to be making a big change in his life.

For readers who love music this would be a great book for them to relax and have a good summer read. I am not one of those so the music references were lost on me. However this was a book that grew on me and by the end I was left wishing the characters a happy going forward in their lives.

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