Who wouldn’t want to join a social club called “The Ideal Life Club? Especially when one realizes its about helping people to attain very specific goals by using affirmations and visualizations. Interesting, huh?
Janet DeLee’s “Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts” is a light and heartwarming read about four members who have joined “The Ideal Life Club” in hopes of navigating their personal journeys through comradery, hope, and the power of positive thought. The main character here is Ginny Lawther, a 58-year-old lady who has many aspirations and hopes but finds her lacking a bit in the motivation department. With the help of her new friends, she embarks on a journey to self-realization and finding out who she really is. Her foray into creating this group yields three new friendships, each with their own set of goals and unique motivations.
The novel’s clear themes are confronting one’s fears and having faith, two roadblocks that I think many people can relate to in their own personal lives. With the quick pace and storytelling of this motley crue of unique characters, DeLee succeeds in telling a story that is at once both inspiring and insanely creative. The reader is propelled along for the ride, right beside each of the 4 characters, and are allowed to glimpse into lives that while at first glance may seem ordinary are actually rife with a myriad of emotions and intents. Throw in a taste of the supernatural, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a page turner.