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Abby Halladay has the perfect life Or rather she willas long as everything goes exactly according to plan Abby never leaves anything to chance not her job as a syndicated columnist not her engagement to her fiancé Fred and certainly not her impending wedding in Paris New Jersey that isUnfortunately for Abby e I received a copy of Changing Lanes by Kathleen Long in exc

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Ens Slowly but surely Abby begins letting go of her dreams of perfection As she does the messy imperfect life she thought she never wanted starts to feel exactly like the one she needsPoignant and heartfelt Changing Lanes celebrates the unexpected joys of everyday life and the enduring promise of second chance This is a short and sweet story about a woman who had every

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Ven the best laid plans often go awry like when Fred runs away to Paris France that is her column is canned and her dream home is diagnosed with termites Forced to move back in with her parents and drive her dad’s cab Abby’s perfect life has now officially become the perfect disasterThen a funny thing happ This was one of those books that managed to touch your hear


10 thoughts on “Changing Lanes

  1. says:

    Live life in the now and go with the flow More than just a lighthearted romanceAbby Halladay or aka Cabbie Abby as some of the towns residents of Paris New Jersey now call her no longer works as a syndicated columnist and has spent the past few weeks thinking about what life may have in store for her You see Abby had plans many plans she had a wedding coming up in a few months a new Victorian home to move into and a job although not perfect but one nether the less Then everything started to fall apart first she was let go from her job then before she could tell him her fiancé Fred gets cold feet and takes off to Paris France without a word Later Abby finds the home her and Fred purchased is a hazard and has massive termite damage which leaves her no other option but to move in with her parents and siblings Now totally on her own with the termite damage and wedding plans on hold Fred won't take her calls nor does he return them Abby turns to her family for support and soon she finds out that when it comes to life just letting things happen and going with the flow is not so bad after allWhat I really liked about this story is how it is a light hearted romance and there is absolutely no sex not even petting involved unless of course you count the dog You have a little romance that goes on with the main character and her love interest yet in the end the story is left open ended Usually I don't like these kinds of endings however Long did such a good job at keeping me so interested throughout the story I didn't feel it lacked anything at the end and it worked well The characters are animated and uirky and the authors writing style is very easy to readThere is much to this story than romance and second chances and there are many lessons to be learned There is dementia grieving social isolation and teenage depression alcoholism family community secrets humor and then there is that sweet longing that comes with the first love of your life I was able to relate to many of the characters in this book including Abby Frankie and especially Mick with his moms dementia Although not implied I felt Mick's character is a mirror image of Abby's as he is basically trapped within a situation he never imagined yet unlike Abby he is bitter I really like how Abby and Mick balance each other out and in the end both find out the hard way where they truly belong


  2. says:

    I received a copy of Changing Lanes by Kathleen Long in exchange for an honest reviewI have also read Chasing Rainbows by Kathleen Long and absolutely adored it I was looking forward to reading another offering from her and am pleased to say I highly enjoyed Changing Lanes as well I thought it was interesting that we never get a clear picture of her relationship with fiancé Fred We learn right off the bat that he’s fled to Paris France claiming “boredom” and Abby doesn’t go into a lot of details about him or have flashbacks of their relationship I liked that because I think it kept the story moving without having a lot of back story for readers to grasp Sometimes I almost forgot that Abby was engaged and weeks away from walking down the aisle but I still thought that part of plot was well orchestrated I loved the family dynamics in the story from her parents and her dad’s well kept secret her grandmother who is also trying to move on and her sisters – especially Frankie – who give an oomph to the story I appreciate that the story is about second chances and truly living the life you want to live and I would recommend this book


  3. says:

    A beautiful book with beautiful characters I have read “Changing Lanes” by Kathleen Long and this would be my summation This story is about a young woman whose life was in order and who had everything going for her She had a great job a fiancé marriage in two months and a new house to share in her new life Then the bottom drops out of everything She loses her job Her fiancé hops a plane to Paris France instead of meeting her in Paris New Jersey Her new house is termite ridden and damaged AND she has to move back with her parents At thirty years of age this is not acceptableHowever coming home and re thinking her priorities makes all the difference in her new life Her family is supports her her friends are there for her her best friend from her teen years is back Abby Hallahan is a survivoroh not at first but as she decides what she is going to do with her life she finds that life is made up of “moments of memories” I loved reading this book It was definitely a mood changer In spite of all the trials and tribulations Abby’s outlook on life became so uplifting that my mood even changed Ms Long has a winnerI would highly recommend purchasing this book I would give it 45 stars out of 5 I received a free print copy of this book in return for my honest review from the publisher Publishing and Night Owl Reviews The opinions expressed here are my ownYou can read this review on my blog at


  4. says:

    This was the first book I've read by Kathleen Long and I have to say I'll be reading of her work Her characters are true to life When Abby Halladay's is presented with an opportunity to lead a different life due to unfortunate events Abby's apprehensive approach allows for exponential growth as she discovers the things she wants most I enjoyed Kathleen Long's approach to uncovering truths in everyday life that connect people's hearts


  5. says:

    Kathleen Long’s first book Chasing Rainbows was one of my 2012 favorites I’m excited to review her new book Changing Lanes nowFrom the book summaryAbby Halladay has the perfect life Or rather she willas long as everything goes exactly according to plan Abby never leaves anything to chance—not her job as a syndicated columnist not her engagement to her fiancé Fred and certainly not her impending wedding in Paris New Jersey that isUnfortunately for Abby even the best laid plans often go awry—like when Fred runs away to Paris France that is her column is canned and her dream home is diagnosed with termites Forced to move back in with her parents and drive her dad’s cab Abby’s perfect life has now officially become the perfect disaster Then a funny thing happens Slowly but surely Abby begins letting go of her dreams of perfection As she does the messy imperfect life she thought she never wanted starts to feel exactly like the one she needs Poignant and heartfelt Changing Lanes celebrates the unexpected joys of everyday life—and the enduring promise of second chancesThe elements of Chasing Rainbows that I loved are back in Changing Lanes A character forced to re evaluate her life A likable heroine who begins to find herself You know that little thrill you get sometimes when you read? That one where you kind of wish you had the guts to do what the main character is doing? I got that little thrill here Wouldn’t it be great if we all had the courage to live the life that’s just right for us? Of course sometimes it takes a lot of challenges for us to see that just right life is and we don’t always have those things thrown in our path But still if we had the chance to do what feels completely right to us? That’s what reading Long’s books does for me why they hook me inBut it’s not just Abby finding her perfect life in this book that journey is woven through a number of subplots and characters The challenges these characters face the secrets they keep only add to the intrigue of the story and the authenticity of the relationships We all keep some secrets for reasons right or wrong In Changing Lanes they add a deeper context to the storyFans of women’s fiction should take a look at Kathleen Long’s books There’s a depth to her characters and stories that isn’t seen in all chick lit books and I really appreciate that See at


  6. says:

    This was one of those books that managed to touch your heart while making you smile and sometimes laugh out loud Abby Halladay had a plan She was to marry Fred they would move into their cute Victorian house in her hometown and she would write her nice column for the local paper But on the day she and Fred were to move into their house and start their lives everything fell apart While Fred fled to Paris France Abby was left in Paris New Jersey her hometown to try and make sense of what happened to her best laid plans She soon realizes that having her plans waylaid was the best thing to happen to herI loved Abby and the entire Halladay family They were uirky funny and at their core loving They looked out for one another in their own special way When Abby came home they were able to help her find her way They didn't nag her other than her mother with her dinner time fix ups or try and push her instead Instead they let her fumble and were always there to help her back on her feetIntertwined with Abby's family was her high school best friend and next door neighbor Mick O'Malley Mick was on his own journey trying to discover what he was supposed to do with his life He'd left everything behind in Seattle to take care of his mother as her health declined He may have thought he was just the son of the town drunk but he also discovered that he really wasn't the 'bad boy' everyone including himself thought he was This was a great story about finding yourself and giving yourself the ok to change lanes when you find the course you started down isn't the right one The story and the characters were uite charming and will make you want to drop everything to find Paris New Jersey


  7. says:

    This book drifts around the fictional town of Paris New Jersey in a bit of a whimsical haze trying to make you fall in love with the small town along with the main character Unfortunately it's populated by two dimensional formulaic characters Each character is a stereotype with a twist The loving dad who secretly loves to cook The overbearing mom with a hidden passion for photography The gruff best friend who is obsessed with coupons The cute baby sister who mimics everything she sees on TV The spunky grandma who is afraid to let go of her dead husband And of course the brooding boy next door who never actually shows her much emotion lets her in or behaves as if he has a romantic interest in her at all making the cliched run into your arms ending that much far fetched The ending was my other major problem with this book The main character gets dumped by her fiance and loses her job and spends the next month trying to figure out what she's doing with her life She drifts aimlessly around the small town sorta focuses on fixing up the termite ridden house she bought and does a lot of sentimental navel gazing And then decides that the new purpose of her life should be to jump into the arms of neighbor boy and follow him across the country Seriously? This is the strong self reliant woman that we've been building up to the whole book? A girl who can't go than a month alone before she's throwing herself at her high school flame?


  8. says:

    Abby Halladay should be counting down the days until she is married Instead she has lost her job as an advice columnist she has a termite problem to contend to and to top it all off her fiancé calls her to tell her that he took off for Paris France Now Abby does what any woman in her position doesshe moves back home with her parents While back Abby wanders around town trying to pick up the pieces of her life and figure out her next steps Mick O’Malley lost his wife a little over two years ago They got into an argument and she was drunk Mick lives next door to Abby’s parents He is working on fixing their roof This book sounded like a charming read I need these types of books every once in a while to break up my routine of reading mysteries Sadly this book did not jive with me I got about three chapters in and then put this book down and walked away from it for a long time I did pick it back up to give it a second chance As much as I wanted to like this book I just could not get into it or the characters Abby was a little too boring and complaining too much Mick did not even come off as the good guy next door Even when he was trying to push Abby’s buttons it did not come off as fun banter


  9. says:

    This is a short and sweet story about a woman who had everything going for her and then the bottom falls out She finds out who she is and what she wants from life by settling down and just letting life happen I like this book It's interesting and as a sentimental streak I think all of us have had to change lanes at one time or other in our lives This book depicts the anxiety that comes with change and the joys of finding out who you are and what you want out of life


  10. says:

    You can read my take here


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