I Thought You Said This Would Work by Ann Garvin

White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text
I thought you said this would work book cover with vw bus driving on raod
Book Genre Block - "Emotional" Person standing between bright earth and desolate earth

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book truly brings all the emotions out in the reader. I laughed, I cried, I breathed sighs of relief, and I had moments of utter sadness. This is the type of book that pulls you into the pages and has you walk, or rather drive, along side the characters and experience the story with them.

Samantha and Holly are two women who used to be friends, but haven’t even spoken to each other in a long time. When Katie asks a favor, Samantha and Holly are sent on a road trip together that is filled with crazy adventure and possibly forgiveness.

I Thought You Said This Would Work book on tray with flower

The journey these characters go on is filled with friends, new and old, strength, and discovery. I loved the writing by Garvin. Her words are witty, and yet at times, so profound. I found just a few sections to be a bit longer than necessary, but truly, she has created a reading experience that you don’t want to miss!

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A road trip can drive anyone over the edge—especially two former best friends—in bestselling author Ann Garvin’s funny and poignant novel about broken bonds, messy histories, and the power of forgiveness.

Widowed Samantha Arias hasn’t spoken to Holly Dunfee in forever. It’s for the best. Samantha prefers to avoid conflict. The blisteringly honest Holly craves it. What they still have in common puts them both back on speed dial: a mutual love for Katie, their best friend of twenty-five years, now hospitalized with cancer and needing one little errand from her old college roomies.

It’s simple: travel cross-country together, steal her loathsome ex-husband’s VW camper, find Katie’s diabetic Great Pyrenees at a Utah rescue, and drive him back home to Wisconsin. If it’ll make Katie happy, no favor is too big (one hundred pounds), too daunting (two thousand miles), or too illegal (ish), even when a boho D-list celebrity hitches a ride and drives the road trip in fresh directions.

Samantha and Holly are following every new turn—toward second chances, unexpected romance, and self-discovery—and finally blowing the dust off the secret that broke their friendship. On the open road, they’ll try to put it back together—for themselves, and especially for the love of Katie.

Just the Facts:

I Thought You Said This Would Work by Ann Garvin
Genre: Contemporary
Page Count: 301 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pub Date: May 1, 2021


I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

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