Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin
Genre: Women’s Fiction/ Contemporary/ Saga
Approximate word count: 85-90,000 words
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“Bestselling author, Lia Fairchild, is both a traditionally published and independent author who writes women's fiction, romance, and chick lit. Fans of her books praise her endearing, real characters who come to life in stories that will touch your heart.
Fairchild is addicted to the warmth of Southern California and holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a multiple-subject teaching credential. She is a wife and mother of two teenagers.”
“Four Friends. Four Different Paths. One Unwavering Friendship.
Two decades of love, laughter, promises, and secrets hold together four friends pursuing different paths in life.
Jax always lived on the edge, skating through life with no apparent ambition, yet remained the energy and emotional cement of the group. She longs to be accepted.
Sage, career-driven, has always followed a carefully laid out plan for her future. But one look at the sexy ex-con staying on her friend's sofa has her questioning everything.
Emily, the college drop-out, has three children that are her whole life. She's slowly lost herself, subconsciously seeking dangerous ways to cope.
Ned yearns to stand up and be counted. But his new feelings for one of the girls has him pulled in different directions.
These four friends will test the ties that have held them together for so long, and in the process unveil truths about themselves they never knew existed.”
Circle in the Sand is at its basic a contemporary women’s fiction told through four points of view. Jax, Sage, Emily, and Ned have had a lasting friendship from childhood through to adulthood each leading very different lives, but always connected. Each character is introduced individually in present time and we are given flashbacks of defining moments in each of their lives. Each character is well defined and their journeys are realistic and their situations are believable and vastly different.
Ms. Fairchild did an excellent job weaving each of these character's stories seamlessly together. Her transitions are smooth, easy to read, and entertaining. There are a few twists in each of their lives that keeps the story moving forward. Sage’s grandmother Rose’s birthday was one of my favorite highlights and made reading this story worth the time to read the whole book. It left a smile on my face.
My favorite character though was Jax, perhaps because I would love to be more like her. However, the one I identified the most with was Emily, even though her journey was very different from mine. It was nice to get a male view from Ned, Emily’s twin brother, of these three female friends. Even though he is floundering a bit with his own life he was always there for these women, mostly feeling like a fourth wheel. Sage was the hardest for me like, her journey was probably the most unique and life changing.
I don’t read a lot of women’s fiction, I prefer fantasy and mythic stories where I try to escape everyday life and lose myself in different worlds. However, I did enjoy Circle in the Sand and I am glad I read it. This would be a great beach read and not because there is sand in the title.
Adult language, several F bombs are dropped. Some adult situations, not overly graphic.
I came across a small number of proofing errors, which mostly consisted of missing words, wrong words, or extra words.
Rating: **** Four stars