You know what they say about best-laid plans....
After a disastrous 31st birthday party where she gets stood up by a man she isn't supposed to be dating, Peri McKenna decides it's time to change what hasn't been working - which is pretty much everything. Her love life is going nowhere fast, she's bored to tears by a job that makes her the office pariah, and the lifelong junk food addiction that used to be somewhat quirky is now positively problematic. To top it all off, her newly purchased home is falling apart, and wishful thinking hasn't done much to fix the leaky roof.
It's time be an adult now that she's officially 30-something.
But when the first step of Peri's self-improvement plan backfires, she starts to wonder if change might be overrated.
Enter Milo Preston, an up-and-coming chef who's in town to take over a local restaurant. When Peri and Milo begin working together, she finds it hard to ignore his easy charm and captivating emerald-green eyes. Since Milo is her best friend's estranged brother, Peri has to keep reminding herself that he is completely off-limits. As they grow closer, Milo introduces Peri to new foods and the joy (and pain) of jogging and makes her think her luck might finally be turning.
But when the past catches up with them, Peri finds herself back at square one. Will she be able to sort herself out, or will the roof cave in on her once and for all?
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Fun Story and Great Narration!
Peri in Progress is a really fun story about an early thirty-something woman trying to figure her life out - I can totally relate to that! It's funny, sweet, and lighthearted. Cat Lavoie created dynamic characters who remind me of my own friends.
My favorite character was Peri, because she is so relatable. Between navigating friendships, careers, relationships, and home-ownership, she brought humor into everyday struggles. Her character is someone I would want to be friends with.
Annie Abate brought each character to life in their own way through her tone of voice and manner of speaking. I really liked the character of Elsa because of the contrast she was able to create between her and Peri. They were two distinct personalities which could be discerned easily by the way they were portrayed by Ms. Abate.
Without giving away any spoilers - I was moved by the relationship Peri developed with Sam, Harriet, and the rest of the Messina Grille staff. They were a really sweet extended family of sorts.
I really enjoyed listening to Peri in Progress! It was fun and engaging, thanks to a great story by Ms. Lavoie and entertaining narration by Ms. Abate!
- Laura F.