My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published: June 21, 2011
Setting: 2000’s New York
Author Website: http://www.katieleehome.com
I found Groundswell while watching an episode of Giada De Laurentiis’ show on the Food Network. Giada was cooking for her book club and the author Katie Lee was invited to attend. As I have always been in love with the ocean, I was immediately intrigue by the definition of a groundswell which appears in the front of the book:
GROUNDSWELL (noun): A perfectly even and balanced series of waves, or swells,
caused by a distant storm or disturbance. Also known as ideal surfing conditions.
Emma Guthrie seems to have the perfect life. She is married to an action movie mega-star husband and her first screenplay has been made into a successful summer romance movie. She is on top of the world when a distant storm hits her.
This book initially reminded me of The Starter Wife by Gigi Levangie Grazer. But while the stories may have some overlapping plot points, Grazer’s heroine felt superficial whereas Lee’s character seems genuine. Emma is a woman searching for herself. Lee documents Emma’s journey with honesty and integrity.
Groundswell isn’t a book with lavish descriptive paragraphs or pages of introspection. It is a quick snapshot of a moment in one woman’s life and how she deals with life changing events. It’s a satisfying read that will leave you smiling. Almost like a chick lit version of Eat, Love, Pray by Elizabeth Gilbert. I don’t see Groundswell inspiring women to self-discovery like Gilbert’s book may have, but readers might look at the ocean and ponder the storms they’ve survived in their own lives and feel blessed. I believe that is enough to call this book successful.