When Unity and Ellen decide they need to shake things up, they create a friendship list to challenge each other to do the things they have been putting off.
Ellen needs a decent shopping trip, a date and a life. Unity needs to stop living in the past and step into the present. Easier said than done for both these ladies, but they slowly move forward with heart-warming and sometimes hilarious results.
Both our ladies are graduates of the school of hard knocks. Ellen was a teen mother and is a single mom. As her son plans for college and the future, she must face the empty spot he will leave behind. Unity has faced loss since an early age. Her parents died in an accident, and then her husband died while serving his country. Can Unity see the good and trust that good things will happen, or will she let her past hold her back?
I loved the fact that these ladies have had their share of hard knocks and heartbreak, yet here they are trying to change things even though it is challenging for both of them.
The list ranges from the expected, such as a wardrobe update for Ellen, to the outlandish such as getting tattoos and staying out all night.
Ellen heads out on a two-week bus trip with her son and the high school football coach, her friend Keith, that will test her will. She must separate two over friendly teens on the trip. One of them is Keith’s daughter. She will also test herself on the trip, trying to mark things off her list. She spends the first night of the trip all fancied up sitting in the hotel bar. Her trip continues to surprise her each day, but she will shocked at what Unity has accomplished herself.
Unity is the victim of a well-meaning match maker, but she goes out with Thaddeus so she can cross an item off her list. Instead, she sees her life with a fresh perspective and makes changes. She will go skydiving, hire her first full-time employee and make even bigger changes.
What starts as a simple challenge between friends becomes so much more. I am so glad I was along for the journey. A warm and witty look at life, where we want to go, and getting to where we are meant to be.
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