Book Review: Kaleidoscope by April Marie Libs

Everything in Piper’s life was falling into place perfectly. Not only did she find a nursing job she cherished, she also found the man she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. While busily planning her wedding, Piper’s worst nightmare was realized, when after an unexpected night off from work, she rushed home to spend the evening with her new fiancé, and stumbled upon him in a tryst with another woman.

Devastated beyond belief, Piper packs her bags and heads off to Chicago to re-center herself with an old friend from college, where she establishes a new job, a new group of friends, and finds herself falling for Colton, the Child Protective Service agent of one of her patients. 

Release Date: March 11, 2015
Age Group: Adult
Source: Review copy from author
Reviewed By: Kelli

This wasn't my first time reading April Marie Libs, and it certainly won't be the last.  I love her books!  I read Bridge to Destiny earlier this year, and it had me on the edge of my seat, much like how I felt when reading Kaleidoscope.  Read my review of Bridge to Destiny here.  

Libs excels at writing stand-alone novels with tons of character growth.  There is so much depth packed into her stories, which doesn't always happen with stand-alones, in my opinion.  I loved that Kaleidoscope has an emphasis on healthy friendships, especially between girlfriends.  Too often, women are at war with each other, so it's always nice to see a healthy relationship between two female characters.

Piper's happily ever after is just within reach when the rug is pulled out from under her.  She discovers her fiance with another woman (I'm not spoiling anything: this is in the summary).  It's basically the worst thing that could happen.  Piper's world is turned upside down and as a result, she decides to move and completely start over.  

Piper's move allows her to reinvent herself and she ends up being a lot more assertive by the end of the book than she was in the beginning.  I loved seeing her grow and own her assertive nature, even when it was difficult and it would have been so much easier to let things go.

I was surprised by the conflict resolution, but upon further reflection, it was true to the story line and perfect for this book.  I love a great stand-alone contemporary fiction novel, and April Marie Libs is an author to follow.  I can't wait to read her next novel!


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