As a writer, I have to be discerning about the books I spend time reading. I love to get comfy with a good book as much as the next person, but I simply don't have the time to devote to the mediocre. Life, Liberty and Pursuit, though, was most definitely not a waste of time. The unlikely shipboard romance of David and Eliza kept me guessing, empathizing, and cheering, while the vivid descriptions made me feel like I was traveling alongside the two of them. I enjoyed the life-like dialogue and the pace of the story, even as fate forced their paths to diverge.
The writing and the characters weren't the only things that won me over. As a former English teacher, I'm always on the lookout for books with a compelling story without vulgarity and promiscuity around every corner. David and Eliza carefully and realistically navigate the waters of temptation, making difficult and heartrending choices, because they're grounded and intelligent young people. I can wholeheartedly recommend this debut novel to anyone who wants to cozy up and enjoy a great love story. It will make you smile again and again.