How to Change a Life – Stacey Ballis

Eloise is happy with her life as a successful private chef. She has her clients, her corgi, and a recipe for the world’s most perfect chocolate cream pie. What more could she need? But when her long-lost trio of high school friends reunites, Eloise realizes how lonely she really is.
Eloise, Lynne, and Teresa revamp their senior-class assignment and dare one another to create a list of things to accomplish by the time they each turn forty in a few months. Control freak Lynne has to get a dog, Teresa has to spice up her marriage, and Eloise has to start dating again.
Enter Shawn, a hunky ex-athlete and the first man Eloise could see herself falling for. Suddenly forty doesn’t seem so lonely–until a chance encounter threatens the budding romance and reveals the true colors of her friends. Will the bucket listers make it to forty still speaking to one another? Or do some friendships come with an expiration date?
Readers Guide and Recipes Included

My review

Sometimes you read a book and when you are finished, you have to think back in what you have read. For How to change a life, this was certainly the case for me. Was it a terrible read? No, definitely not. Was it a breathtaking book? Nope. It was kind of a combination of a sweet childhood story and a cookbook in one.
We meet Eloise, a personal chef, working at a lovely family. At the funeral of a former teacher, she encounters two of her besties from high school. Nearing forty they realize the dreams they made as teenagers weren’t fulfilled. So they decided to create a new bucketlist to fulfill before their next birthdays. In between all of her cooking (and the extensive descriptions of the recipes) we see Eloise grow in confidence and as a person. We also see that besties from high school can grow apart.
In all a nice read, but if you are not a chef (to-be) it can be a bit longwinded. Three out of five stars from me and a thank you to FirstToRead for providing the arc.

Publisher: Berkley Books

Published: August 2017

ISBN: 9780425276624

My Rating: ♥♥♥

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