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April 17, 2022

A Good Measure by Nan Rossiter ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

A Good Measure is a beautifully written story about family, friendship, and love. Families face changes constantly and this book looks at coping with grief at the loss of a spouse, changing relationships with children, and how to love your children no matter how they live their lives.  It's an emotional look at many parts of life that we all face.

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book cover of women's fiction novel A Good Measure by Nan Rossiter
April 2022; Harper; 978-0063076242
audio, ebook, print (336 pages); women's fiction

Libby's husband has been dead for eight months and she is still trying to process his loss.  She has five living sons and several of them are keeping the dairy farm running.  She is have trouble facing the changes in her life and resisting help from her friends.  She finally joins a group of widowed women who meet weekly.  Her two best friends from childhood - Ames and Payton are part of the group and help Libby.  

Payton runs a coffee shop with her 28-year-old son who is on the autism spectrum.  She is having a problem letting him learn how to live life on his own and feels like the only way he can get through life is by having her run his life.  Ames is afraid to visit her daughter on the west coast because she doesn't want to leave her dog who has become her constant companion since her husband died.  She also has to face an issue with her health that was very scary.  Libby is worried about her son Chase and trying to keep the fact that he is getting married to his male partner a secret from her friends.

All three women have major changes to make in their lives and help each other to accomplish their goals.  The chapters are told by each of the women in alternate chapters so we learn more information about their lives and challenges.  Even though this is a story about all three of the friends, I felt like Libby was the main focus because her husband had been dead for less than a year so she had to make more changes in her life than the other two women who have been widowed for years.

I especially enjoyed this book because the three female characters are older and facing issues about age and declining health.  This well-told story is an emotional book about love, friendship, and change. We all know the importance of female friendships in our lives and the long-term friendship between Libby, Ames, and Payton is a great example of friends helping friends through difficult life changes. 

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 NOTE:  All three books in the Savannah Skies series can be read as standalones.

Read my reviews of Books 1 and 2 in the Savannah Skies series here.

Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina with her husband of over 50 years.  She grew up in Michigan but now calls North Carolina home. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and historical fiction. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on Facebook.

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