|(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)|
Set in the most magical parts of Manhattan—the Upper West Side, Central Park, Greenwich Village—The Ramblers explores the lives of three lost souls, bound together by friendship and family. During the course of one fateful Thanksgiving week, a time when emotions run high and being with family can be a mixed blessing, Rowley’s sharply defined characters explore the moments when decisions are deliberately made, choices accepted, and pasts reconciled.
Clio Marsh, whose bird-watching walks through Central Park are mentioned in New York Magazine, is taking her first tentative steps towards a relationship while also looking back to the secrets of her broken childhood. Her best friend, Smith Anderson, the seemingly-perfect daughter of one of New York’s wealthiest families, organizes the lives of others as her own has fallen apart. And Tate Pennington has returned to the city, heartbroken but determined to move ahead with his artistic dreams.
Rambling through the emotional chaos of their lives, this trio learns to let go of the past, to make room for the future and the uncertainty and promise that it holds. The Ramblers is a love letter to New York City—an accomplished, sumptuous novel about fate, loss, hope, birds, friendship, love, the wonders of the natural world and the mysteries of the human spirit.
I love stories set in Paris and NYC - they are my favorite. So, when I heard about The Ramblers being a love story to NYC, I just had to read it. However, once I picked the book up, I just couldn't get through it. Yep, I had to DNF The Ramblers.
NYC is all around and I did enjoy that aspect of the story, but that was all I enjoyed. This is the story of Clio, Smith, and Tate. Clio is the one who comes from a humble background and worked hard to make a great living as a bird lover - she's an ornithologist whose just found love. Her boyfriend is an older man who makes a living as a hotelier. He wants to move their relationship to the next level, but that is something that Clio is not sure she can handle. Especially, as she has yet to tell him about her past. Smith is Clio's BFF. They are still roommates, long after college has ended. Smith comes from money, but has chosen a path that is not considered blue-blooded enough in her family's eyes. Smith is an organizational expert - she's been on the Today and Good Morning America espousing the virtues of decluttering. Her heart is still broken from when her fiance dumped her. She's a bit of a mess. Tate is a friend from college. He's just moved back to NYC and has re-entered their lives. He's a bit obnoxious and encourages bad behavior. Overall, this trio makes for a rather stereotypical and predictable cast. I found myself rather annoyed by all three and didn't care to get to know them any better. Definitely not a book for me.
Of course, I don't want to dissuade anyone from picking up The Ramblers, since I didn't actually read the entire book. Plus, other bloggers seem to really enjoy it. So, here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: The Ramblers