Everyone’s expecting her to walk down the aisle.
But something is telling her to run.
Emma Moon's mother thinks it's acceptable to miss her only daughter's wedding rehearsal dinner for a work obligation. Her father left when she was six months old. Emma hasn't exactly been raised to be a happily-ever-after kind of girl.
So when her anxieties get out of hand, Emma and her best friend, Liv, decide to take a road trip to San Francisco, find her long-lost father, and put her family issues to rest.
But her quest for the truth stirs up events and emotions she didn’t expect. The urge to run away may just be a part of Emma’s genetic makeup, because she’s growing more and more tempted to do just that…
Kathryn - 3 Star
The only reason I couldn’t fully embrace this novel was because I initially found Emma really dry. This was likely because she was closed off to her emotions and, given her upbringing, that wasn’t very surprising a character trait. However, it made it difficult for me to understand where she was coming from and the choices she was making. I felt from the very beginning that she had one foot out the door- hence the title of the novel I suppose.
I actually empathised completely with the way she felt about Sam’s revelation. Although we wanted her to just get over it and move on because he so obviously loved her, there is no way I would have been able to forgive at the drop of a hat either. I was glad her best friend Olivia wasn’t trying to make that happen by pushing her to speak with Sam. Olivia was wonderful, their friendship so obviously supportive and important to them both but I didn’t really see the point of Olivia’s relationship with the professor. It seemed to add a dimension to Olivia and their friendship that was unnecessary and frustrated me when it interfered with both their progress. Did we need him? And it altered my opinion of Liv- not because he was married but just that she kept going back to him when he obviously preferred to stay with his wife. It just didn’t seem to fit with what I knew of Olivia.
Emma’s mother was another enigma. Even by the end of the book I was still confused about why she was so closed off towards her daughter- she’d been through some difficult decisions in her life but none were Emma’s fault and it seems like they should have been close. It would have been nice if she could have moved past her own misgivings about their family life to support her child rather than every other cause under the sun.
I liked Sam- I liked that he was messy to her neat, I liked that he was still really close to his buddy from when he was fifteen, I liked that he tried so hard to help her forgive him. It was one mistake from years ago. Would you be able to let it go?
I liked Cold Feet for the questions it introduced about forgiveness but I was somewhat bogged down by some of the characters decisions.
Thank you to Penguin Random House for our review copy. All opinions are our own.
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