Bernadette (or Bernie as she is referred to throughout the book) has just lost her father. His death was unexpected and took a toll on Bernie. Her husband has left her--five years after the death or their baby daughter--for another woman. She quits her job where her boss is best described as nothing more than a jerk. With no job, no husband and recently losing her father unexpectedly, Bernie takes her life into her own hands and figures it's no time like the now to begin to live the life that she wants.
When it seems that Bernie's life is going down a downhill spiral she begins to solve the book of cryptograms that her father left for her in the wake of his death. Every puzzle that she solves somehow relates to Bernie and her life. At first it seems that her life will not get better, but Bernie starts to realize that her father has left her answers to puzzles and these answers begin to slowly let Bernie realize that maybe her father really did know best.
With her best friend by her side, a new and mysterious neighbor down the street, she realizes that sometimes in order for us to be happy and fulfilled we sometimes need to chase the rainbows and find our happiness there.
I loved Chasing Rainbows. Kathleen Long wrote an addicting novel and made me smile, laugh and at times, want to curl up beside Bernie and cry. Her writing style was smooth and I loved how I could pick up Chasing Rainbows and not have to read for a long time to feel any sort of connection to her characters.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend this book to my readers if you are looking for a light read with a lead female character that you want to cheer on and relate to on some level.
Kathleen Long is RITA nominated, RIO Award and two-time Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence winning author of fourteen novels of contemporary romance, romantic suspense and women's fiction. Her additional honors include National Readers Choice, Holt Medallion and Booksellers Best award nominations.