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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
As the title suggests, Randi M. Sherman’s novel, Caroline Starts Over, is about a woman who is poised to reclaim her life. Trapped for eighteen years in a loveless marriage, Caroline Matthews silently rejoices when her husband dies. Around twenty years ago, she led a happy-go-lucky life. A bisexual, she was in a relationship with the ambitious Rachel, but got pregnant with twin girls and decided to marry her casual lover. This was a decision that she always regretted so, upon becoming a widow, she sought out Rachel who is now a popular personality. The two reunite briefly but things are not what they seem to be.
Caroline Starts Over is a story that anyone can easily empathize with because many of us would like to turn back the wheels of time and relive the happiest moments in our lives, and perhaps take a completely different road. Author Randi M. Sherman tells the story of the unhappy Caroline who prefers to live in the past, although pretending to be happy and fulfilled with her husband and twin daughters. She wastes no time when her husband dies and rekindles her relationship with Rachel. The plot seems to be linear until the last few chapters when it takes an unexpected turn. And this is what makes the story interesting because, in spite of the surprising turn of events, the author is still able to weave the story seamlessly together. Sherman takes us on for the ride and then exposes the real Caroline at the end. It is a roller coaster ride!