The Ramblers by Aidan Donnelley Rowley

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It is Thanksgiving weekend in New York and three 30 somethings are struggling with their past, their present, and their futures.

Clio March, avid bird watcher who has been mentioned in New York Magazine feels as though she may have found the one in Hotel Owner, Henry Kildare.  Yet when things move in a direction Clio had not anticipated past trauma rushes forward and in a panicked moment she bolts.  What does that mean?

Smith Anderson and Clio have been best friends since Freshman year at Yale.  Smith is beautiful both inside and out and enjoys helping others.  However with a recent break up that has left her reeling, her younger sisters upcoming wedding, and an irrational fear that Clio may have found the one in Henry-  where does that leave Smith?

Tate Pennington is a blast from the Yale past. Dealing with a painful divorce, he relocates to New York to gather some distance and perspective.  He recently has sold an app to Twitter for millions but as Tate is finding out, money does not provide happiness.

This Thanksgiving weekend the three learn what is means to really let go of the past, be present, and learn to be ok with a future that is never certain.



Can you fall in love with writing?

Of course you can.  I just did.  Reading The Ramblers was like opening a book that brought a rush of fresh air into my lungs.  It is visually appealing from the cover, to the chapters, to the writing itself.  I opened the book up to find a page with one of our protagonists names, a date, and quotes.  I instantly fell in love with this visually and knew I was in for a treat.

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

I loved this story and I enjoyed how the book is broken into sections where each protagonist takes the lead.  While you do get to know each of the three protagonists, it is Clio who we spend the most time with.  I found this book to be a joy to read and once into it, hard to put down.  The entire book takes place over Thanksgiving weekend and I found something about that to be sort of cool – everything that is happening is not drawn out but you have that feeling of NOW.

Thoroughly enjoyable, I would recommend this book to those who love a little something out of the norm.  Author Aidan Donnelley Rowley brings forth a unique ride that I would gladly buy a ticket to ride once again.


Thank you to TLC Book Tours for an enjoyable weekend in New York with Clio, Smith, and Tate.


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Posted on February 23, 2016, in Book Review and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Julie posted a great review of this today as well. Between the two of you, I feel like this is a must read.

  2. I reviewed this recently. I LOVED it!

  3. I have been eyeing this one…the cover, the setting, and the characters all sound wonderful to me. Thanks for sharing.

  4. jillhannahanderson

    Thanks for recommending another great book! I’ll add it to my TBR list.

  5. Oh, so good to hear you liked it. I just received it from my daughter. It is on TBR pile. Hope to get to it soon.

  6. The cover is so calming… I will have to check the book out!

  7. Another excellent review of this book! I think I’ll I’ll need to add this one to my TBR list. 🙂

  8. This is a very nice review, Sheila. Thank you. I love the cover, and the passage that you have quoted. This sounds like a lovely book. I am surely going to try it. Many thanks. 🙂

  9. A great review, Sheila. I love the quote.

  10. This seems to be the book everyone is reading right now… sounds good!

  11. I just reviewed this one as well. I really didn’t care for the first half. It seemed too much like chick lit but then once I got past that, I really got into the writing and of course, the setting.

  12. I enjoyed this one!

  13. I love that you fell in love with the writing from the very first words of this book. What a wonderful read! Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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