Aidan Donnelly Rowley’s story focused on a pair of New York couples, all successful and wealthy, either independently or their family. The Ramblers is a great name for this novel, since the couples seem to be rambling about their life trying to figure out what they should do, also for the spot in Central Park where Clio March leads her bird walk.
Clio, was born poor, but after her Yale education, she’s been living a much better life, mooching off her college roommate in her apartment off Central Park and enjoying a successful career at working with birds. However, Clio hasn’t come to terms with her bipolar mother, or her father who spent her life trying to hold her mom together, without any energy left for her and its impacting her relationship. Smith Anderson, the said roommate, was born into a very wealthy family, but her generosity is all her own. She’s still reeling after her fiancé suddenly cut off their engagement months ago and now her younger sister is getting married. She meets an old Yale classmate, Tate Pennington, who seems to revive her spirit.
Both Clio and Smith are at the point in their lives where decisions need to be made, or nothing will ever change. Will Clio be able to trust anyone enough to open up about her past, and will Smith be able to succeed without all her paternal support.
Starting this novel, I thought it would be a more serious read. It wasn’t, but it was a fun look at upperclass Manhattanites and an enjoyable story about 2 women working through their issues and consciously deciding where they want their lives to lead.
Read June 2016.