The Way Life Should Be: A Novel

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The Way Life Should Be: A Novel

by C Kline

Harpercollins Publishers | May 7, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train comes a novel of love, risk, and self-discovery.

Angela can feel the clock ticking. She is single in New York City, stuck in a job she doesn’t want and a life that seems to have, somehow, just happened. She inherited a flair for Italian cooking from her grandmother, but she never seems to have the time for it—these days, her oven holds only sweaters. Tacked to her office bulletin board is a photo from a magazine of a tidy cottage on the coast of Maine—a charming reminder of a life that could be hers, if she could only muster the courage to go after it.

On a hope and a chance, Angela decides to pack it all up and move to Maine, finding the nudge she needs in the dating profile of a handsome sailor who loves dogs and Italian food. But her new home isn’t quite matching up with the fantasy. Far from everything familiar, Angela begins to rebuild her life from the ground up. Working at a local coffeehouse, she begins to discover the pleasures and secrets of her new small-town community and, in the process, realizes there’s really no such thing as the way life should be.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 0.77 in

Published: May 7, 2013

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060798920

ISBN - 13: 9780060798925

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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The Way Life Should Be: A Novel

The Way Life Should Be: A Novel

by C Kline

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 0.77 in

Published: May 7, 2013

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060798920

ISBN - 13: 9780060798925

About the Book

Kline weaves an unassumingly beautiful story of human relationships and self-discovery. Her knack for storytelling makes this the ideal page-turning light read, with a tremendous payoff--"People."

From the Publisher

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train comes a novel of love, risk, and self-discovery.

Angela can feel the clock ticking. She is single in New York City, stuck in a job she doesn’t want and a life that seems to have, somehow, just happened. She inherited a flair for Italian cooking from her grandmother, but she never seems to have the time for it—these days, her oven holds only sweaters. Tacked to her office bulletin board is a photo from a magazine of a tidy cottage on the coast of Maine—a charming reminder of a life that could be hers, if she could only muster the courage to go after it.

On a hope and a chance, Angela decides to pack it all up and move to Maine, finding the nudge she needs in the dating profile of a handsome sailor who loves dogs and Italian food. But her new home isn’t quite matching up with the fantasy. Far from everything familiar, Angela begins to rebuild her life from the ground up. Working at a local coffeehouse, she begins to discover the pleasures and secrets of her new small-town community and, in the process, realizes there’s really no such thing as the way life should be.

About the Author

Angela Russo finds herself in Maine thanks to a sailing instructor, an impulse, and an idea that in Maine, people live "the way life should be." But reality on Mount Desert Island is not what she expected. Far from everything familiar, Angela begins to rebuild her life from the ground up. Relying on the flair for Italian cooking she inherited from her grandmother, she begins to discover the pleasures and secrets of her new small community—and to connect her heritage to a future she is only beginning to envision.

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“An unassumingly beautiful story of human relationships and self-discovery...the ideal page-turning light read, with a tremendous payoff.”