When Lavinia Starkhurst’s husband is killed in a freak accident, she takes to the open road and meets a number of strangers, all with struggles of their own. Through these unexpected and occasionally hilarious encounters, Lavinia reflects on her past deeds, both good and bad, explores her two marriages, her roles as caregiver and wife, hoping all the while for self-acceptance and something to give her new life meaning.
The Amendment is told from the perspective of Lavinia who is 53 years old when her second husband Chip is killed in a freak accident. What the majority of the book is about is what happens next. She takes a road trip out west and makes a few stops along the way. Among other things, she ends up working in a flower shop for a hot minute, attends the funeral of a stranger, plus helps some young people out. To me, The Amendment is about Lavinia finding herself again and dealing with past issues plus present circumstances. She was such a great female character, super spunky and very sarcastic which I loved.
I don’t really want to give anything away so I won’t say anything else about the plot, but this was such a charming book, and I really enjoyed the whole story. The chapters were super short as well which is definitely something I love in a book. I also thought the characters were developed enough that I felt like I was well acquainted with them without being super in depth.
This is totally personal, but I also love the cover of this book! I grew up on a farm in the Midwest so it brought back memories of home for me. I love a book that can somehow invoke feelings like that in me.
Final Thought: I would categorize this novel as contemporary women’s fiction so if you like a good women’s fiction novel and don’t mind a simple writing style, I highly recommend this one. It made me laugh out loud more than once, and Lavinia is the perfect strong female character. She has flaws like the rest of us, but she makes up for it with her actions (most of them) and her awesome sarcasm. PSA you may need a couple tissues – I did tear up a couple of times!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
Huge thank you to Tabitha with SparkPoint Studio for providing me with a free finished copy of this book in exchange for my review! All opinions are my own.