Book: Liberty and Means - A novel by Kristin Dowcategories: Book, Contemporary Fiction, Chick Lit, Literary Fiction, Family Saga, Kansas City, Europe, Drama, Paris, Midwest, Wealth, Women's Fiction
Kristin Dowabout this book: Liberty & Means starts out with a nod to mystery novels, but it soon takes a turn and is ultimately a story about money, love, and a fractured family. If you're looking for an unexpected read that mixes genres, I think you'll enjoy this book. Both women and men have liked it for its surprising elements, mix of emotions, pacing, and flawed, everyday characters.
Shannon Clark is not your typical chick-lit heroine; she's a bit buttoned-up and as you learn more about her past, you see why. How Shannon evolves is a crucial element to the story, but she's always true to herself. And as she handles the complications that come her way, both the good and bad, that authenticity becomes even more valuable.
One might have means, but not the liberty to enjoy it, and vice versa. Shannon has both but still struggles to find balance and fulfillment. I picked the cover because it ties together both the beginning and end of the book, although they are two very different situations. The foggy outline eludes to those from the past who haunt Shannon while also driving home the point that there's no clear-cut path in life.
I hope one of the messages readers will take away is this: When chance smiles upon you, it's time to take a chance.
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