Libby, feeling uncharacteristically dissatisfied with her life, decides to take her family to Puerto Rico, where she and her husband met and fell in love. However, an incoming storm puts her family in danger. I think a lot of people will be able to relate to Libby. On paper, it seems like she has it all - a great marriage, two amazing kids, a fulfilling career, and her cancer has been in remission for a decade. But, that doesn't tell the whole story about how her husband has been distant, her daughter is dealing with a diabetes diagnosis, and she feels stagnated in her job. Even though Libby is normally the eternal optimist, lately she can't muster her typical happiness. She thinks a trip to Puerto Rico will help, but a big storm will threaten everything. I expected a bit more humor from Pagan, and this story definitely had a more pessimistic tone, but I still enjoyed it. It was a quick read that had me turning the pages to see how the family would fare. 4 stars
This Won't End Well (2020)
Annie is having a rough time - she was forced to resign from her job due to something that was totally not her fault, and her fiance Jon has decided to jet off to Paris by himself for a month. She decides she needs space from people in general, but a new neighbor and a private investigator might change her mind. I didn't love this one as much as I thought I would. I love that Annie is a chemist, but unfortunately, we never really get to see her in practice. She has a very clinical, analytical personality that I couldn't always relate to or enjoy. I sometimes felt like the story was going nowhere, and the ending was way too abrupt. I wasn't sure if I was meant to hate or like her fiance Jon. However, I did enjoy the format of the story, told in emails and journal entries. I liked Annie's growth throughout the story and the story arc of her new neighbor, Harper, which was kind of surprising. 3.5 stars
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