Title: Going Through the Change
Author: Samantha Bryant
Published: April 2015
Going through “the change” isn’t easy on any woman. Mood swings, hot flashes, hormonal imbalances, and itchy skin are par for the course. But for these four seemingly unrelated women, menopause brought changes none of them had ever anticipated-super-heroic changes. Helen discovers a spark within that reignites her fire. Jessica finds that her mood is lighter, and so is her body. Patricia always had a tough hide, but now even bullets bounce off her. Linda doesn’t have trouble opening the pickle jar anymore…now that she’s a man. When events throw the women together, they find out that they have more in common than they knew-one person has touched all their lives. The hunt for answers is on.
Characterization and badassery
This book offers a good range of characters. We get an ensemble cast of women from varying backgrounds. Some are tough by nature and some have to find the toughness within themselves. They all develop special powers and some choose to use them for good, and others not so much.
Plot and pacing
This book hooked me hard and pulled me hard right past the middle of the story. The onset of the women’s powers and their eventual discovery of one another is the best part. Once they join forces, the plot wavers a bit uncertainly. In spite of their new powers, these women keep fouling things up for themselves and not quite finishing the job, which was frustrating. (The old “oh no, the bad guy got away when no one was looking” thing has always annoyed the hell out of me.)
Prose and editing
I don’t remember any particular things that nettled me, so that must mean the editing was good.
Some pretty funny bits, and some quite poignant ones. I liked some of the sweet moments between Linda and her husband, and how, in spite of the big change in their life, they continued to accept and love each other. Their decades-enduring kind of love is very heartfelt, which I appreciate. Not a lot of writers handle that kind of material because it doesn’t have conflict and excitement, but Samantha Bryant did very well with this. Linda and David’s relationship was probably the high point of the whole book for me. Love is not just for the young and sexy!
I didn’t know what to expect from this book. The cover seemed to suggest a laugh riot chick lit sort of read. It’s a bit more serious than that, so I don’t think the cover is a great representation for this particular story. This is more of a superhero story than an estrogen-fueled women power party. This is not about Stella getting her groove back. It’s a light fantasy read with some engaging characters.
I enjoyed the four women’s discovery of their powers. The author did a great job of making it exciting, yet believable. It’s very difficult to walk that line. The characters were all well-formed and endearing, each in her own way. I particularly liked how the bilingual characters were handled. Having a character use their native language and have the reader understand what the character is saying without making the speech unrealistically repetitive is difficult. But the way Bryant did it in this book actually added flavor and authenticity, and it even seemed endearing, so great job on that.
This book was a solid 4 stars for me until the plot began to meander and the near-misses became annoying. Then it ended on a cliffhanger, which I didn’t expect. I detest cliffhangers so much that if I know a book ends on one, I don’t read it. I don’t like reading all the way through something only to find it was just a prologue for another book I don’t have yet. But the earlier parts of the book still keep this one on my list of enjoyable books that I recommend.
I’m looking forward to reading more by this author.
Samantha Bryant believes in love, magic, and unexplainable connections between people. Her favorite things are lonely beaches, untamed cliff tops, sunlight through the leaves of trees, summer rains, and children’s laughter. She has lived in many places, including rural Alaska, Kansas, Kentucky, Vermont, England and Spain. She is fierce at heart, though she doesn’t look it.
Connect with her at http://samanthadunawaybryant.blogspot.com/