The Move


Fiction - Chick Lit
316 Pages
Reviewed on 02/02/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Move is a work of chick lit and women’s fiction penned by author Whitney Dineen and is suitable for readers of all sensitivities. This fun and light-hearted novel focuses on the popular theme of a big city to small town move, and the changes of heart and head that one can experience in doing so. Our central heroine is Lexi Blake, who finds an old fortune teller’s prophecy coming true when she falls over in Central Park and a dog leaps over her. As her life in the Big Apple slowly descends into a chaos that she can’t control, Lexi escapes on vacation to Creek Water, Missouri, where everything is about to change for her.

Author Whitney Dineen has created a highly enjoyable chick lit read that’s part luck-change story, part romantic comedy, but is also entirely happy and fun. Lexi is a highly relatable heroine who finds herself in dire straits, buffeted by the familiar difficulties of modern life that we have little control over. Her exploration of Creek Water is highly descriptive and engaging, with a host of well-developed characters to meet, shifting attitudes and a super cute love story that comes from quite an unexpected build-up. I really liked the narrative style especially, as Dineen exhibits a rare ability to tell readers the story as a friend would, but also keep that writer’s finesse to raise the quality level of the work. Overall, The Move comes highly recommended as an essential pick-me-up read for fans of fun and light-hearted chick lit adventures.

Ankita Shukla

Tap into the believer inside you and put the skeptic in you to sleep before grabbing The Move by Whitney Dineen. Years ago, Alexis's grandmother took her to a psychic, who told her that at the age of 30, a dog would jump over Alexis. After that, her life would change forever. Whether these changes would be good or bad was anybody's guess. True to her words, a dog jumped at her when she was 30 years old. Immediately after that, she became homeless (in a way) and was offered a promotion at work, which required her to move to Atlanta with a salary less than before. So far, the changes in her life appeared to be negative. Feeling exhausted and perplexed, she decided to visit her best friend, Emmie, in Missouri. This temporary move led to a series of events proving that the fortune teller was right about her forecast.

Alexis's family dynamics are amusing, to say the least. Her father, Bertie, is an artist and has all the quirks that go with the job title. Her mother, Regina, on the other hand, takes female empowerment to the next level. She is a powerful woman with a voice that cannot be ignored. According to her, marriage is an institution that forces a man and a woman to be together due to law -- and not love. This opinion was like food to my brain. I loved reading her viewpoints and couldn't get enough of this enthralling woman. Kudos to Whitney Dineen for writing her amazing dialogues. Alexis's love interest, Beau, and his "girlfriend" created quite an intrigue that lasted almost till the end. A common opinion of a majority of New Yorkers about New York being the best is very well expressed through die-hard New Yorker, Regina. The Move by Whitney Dineen can be very well categorized as a rom-com with lots of family drama and a sprinkling of divine power to see the future. It is entertaining, engaging, and a quick read. I enjoyed every moment I spent in its company.

K.J. Simmill

Lexi knew her life was about to change. It had been foretold that, after one unmistakable event, her life would alter. She wasn't sure what to expect, she wasn't sure she even believed it. But that was before things took an alarming twist. Less than a week later, steadfast New Yorker Lexi Blake has discovered her love interest is to be married, her job no longer exists, and the apartment, where she thought she'd live forever, is about to be turned into a condo with a price tag far out of her league. Distressed and demoralized, she visits an old friend and is surprised to find the small town of Creek Water has more to offer than she ever dreamed possible.

The Move by Whitney Dineen is a romantic tale, although personally I would say it was more a journey of self-discovery and reconnection to forgotten roots. Written in the first person, you quickly begin to like Lexi, and it is wonderful how the tale unfolds. Past and present collide in a way that will tantalize the reader, as love, history, and fortune draw you into the well-paced tale. Lexi and Beau have a complicated relationship, made more difficult by his girlfriend Shelby. I loved the portrayal of the differences between life in the big city and that in a small town, and I think it captured the best of both. Overall, this is a tale about Lexi Blake discovering herself, what she really wants, needs, and her history. Watching everything come together was entertaining. Predictions, discovery, love, and complications will keep you entertained, while the cast of characters and their own lives and viewpoints add depth to the plot.