Vicky S. (Torrance, CA)
Mating for Life from multiple points of view
I enjoy books where different characters share their individual perspectives on the same situation and have different takes on it. This books does this with 3 sisters, their mother and others. I also appreciated that not everyone had a happy ending but were still able to move forward.
Book clubs would find great discussions around the characters, their choices and their relationships.
There was a little bit of random new agey stuff that didn't seem to fit but it didn't make the story stray too far.
Lisa M. (Fullerton, CA)
Good Beach Read
A novel about coupling and uncoupling, about mothers and daughters and sisters, husbands, wives, and lovers, and the unexpected twists life and relationships often take. The story is told in alternating voices; I almost wish there had been fewer voices, though, as I wasn't able to get to know any one character enough to become invested. It's relatable, but probably not extremely memorable. Good, light chick lit.
Edie M. (Kennett Square, PA)
Took me a while to really get into it.
While this book did come together at the end, during the first 3/4 of it, we jumped from drama to drama. I could not relate to a lot of the problems the characters were having. I did enjoy the little blurb at the beginning of each chapter where the author notes the mating habits of different birds and animals. That was interesting information to learn.
Tracey S. (Largo, FL)
Mating for Life, an enjoyable book
I totally enjoyed reading "Mating for Life". I laughed during some parts and cried during others. All the characters seemed real to me. Each had their own different perspective on life. I think it would be a great book club book because I can see each character in some of the members.
Julie M. (Minnetonka, MN)
Learning to Love Yourself First
This book has wonderful women characters who are all looking for love and meaning in their lives. I could see parts of myself in each of these women. Good exploration of mother/daughter relationships,sister relationships and how the absence of their fathers impacted their choices in both life and love. I also enjoyed the mating rituals of animals explained at the beginning of each chapter.
Sherri A. (Westbrook, CT)
What prevented a higher rating on this novel? Too many characters! What started out as mother/3 daughters ended up being mom's boyfriend, sister's husband,sister's boyfriend, the lake neighbor, lake neighbor's daughter...you see what I mean? You end up with a a tiny ripple, when I really wanted to dive into their lives. I would read this on a plane, but if I finished it, most probably would end up in that little pocket with the emergency card and Air Mall magazine.
Jessica D. (Bemidji, MN)
One of the best books I've read in a very long time! Great characterizations and a good story. It was hard to put down and I will be looking forward to seeing more books from Marissa Stapley in the future!