‘The Status of All Things’ by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke


Rating: 4 1/2 stars

“The Status of All Things” is the second book by authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke. Their first book, “Your Perfect Life,” was about who we are and how to recognize the good in our lives and appreciate it.

With this new book, they zero in on the subject of love. What is true love? How do we know we’ve found it? And are some things just fate?

The book begins when the protagonist, Kate, is jilted by Max practically at the altar. He has the courtesy to do it at the rehearsal dinner. In Hawaii. Kate is stunned. Shocked. Bereft.

The next morning she does what she often does; she checks in on Facebook. She writes a status wishing for a redo. And no one is more shocked than she is when she gets it.

She wakes up and it’s 30 days earlier. She realizes that she has a month to fix the problem. To get Max to realize that he does want to marry her. And she’s thrilled that more of her status posts on Facebook are coming true.

But what if Fate knows better? What if no matter what you do, the results are the same? What if the second time around, you learn things about your two best friends that you didn’t realize before? And most of all, what if the relationship you thought was perfect wasn’t really?

“The Status of All Things” is a great summer read. It’s the perfect combination of light reading, humor, and true emotion. It’s thoughtful — but no overly serious. In short, it’s a book that women of all ages will love.

Please note: This review is based on the advance review copy provided by the publisher, Washington Square Press, for review purposes.