This book was a fun read or the genre that I would call a beach book!
Not terribly taxing mentally but something that you don't want to end.
Briefly, the book is about a young woman, Lacey, whose husband, Mike, cheats on her with his bimbo secretary. Lacey ends up telling everyone on the company email list both what he did and that she is leaving him in an emailed newsletter that she wrote. After Lacey leaves, Mike moves his secretary into the family home.
The only issue I had in the story is the blame that Lacey and everyone seems to put on her, rather than on the cheating scumbag. Seems like the entire town thinks that she should forgive him and stay married.
I find that the reader can make or break a book, and Amanda Ronconi made the book. In fact, I will look for other books read by her.
I had never read Molly Harper and was looking for something light after a slew of heavy books. Though the story was somewhat basic and a bit predictable, the writing was sharp, engaging and witty. And, the characters were all quirky and interesting. Amanda Ronconi's narration was spot on. Perfect chick lit!
I wasn't too sure I wanted to listen to a story about a marriage falling apart but I am glad I did. The story was delightful and entertaining. Made want to try out more Molly Harper books.
I would like to say that I've read the other audio books by Molly and this was the worst.
It took the story 6 hours to get marginally better. For the first 6 hours it detailed without humor or any interesting twists the misery which is being cheated on and divorced from in a small town. Since I am (for now) a married never before divorced female these were painful, dragging, sad, but unable to identify with the character, 6 hours.
Then it got a bit better - the part where she is getting over the sad part and becomes funny aka last three hours...
I would like to point that I've listened to the whole story on a speed of 1.5 or 1.25 (thanks to iphone)
On top of this(!!!) the writer describes the process of book writing in unnecessary/not funny/ little addition to the plot detail at which point I was about ready to go to speed 2.0 aka to skim/skip the book.
My point is - unless you were cheated on or divorced from and would like to rehash those unpleasant feelings (OMG why would you?!?) - do not read this book (if neither of these 2 experiences happened to you do not read this book)
However if you are in the process of recovering from either being cheated or being divorced this book might EITHER give you girl power feeling
OR push you over the edge into depression.
This being said I did like the other 2 books by the writer - she is funny - even in some parts towards the end of this book and I will buy her work again - though I will read more carefully the plot of the book before jumping into that decision :)
Although this audio gave "voice" to the character, I didn't particularly like the "voice." I don't think it is better than the print version.
The main character...Lacey...was my favorite. There was a lot of personality in other characters and I loved the interactions.
Frankly, I didn't care for Amanda's reading of any of the characters. Sometimes, she forgot to have the nasal twang, which was better.
I loved the letter! I was the best However, I also appreciated the point near the end when she made a decision for the direction of her life.
One Last Thing is so funny. It grabbed me from the beginning when Lacey mistakenly received flowers from her husband...but the flowers weren’t for her...they were for his secretary and mistress. Lacey managed to contain her outrage and maintain control of her hurt for days. Finally, she had enough and announced her situation in her husband’s client newsletter...the letter is hysterical! Lacey is a great character and I hope this books starts a series.
"A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” --C.S. Lewis
Maybe. It's not the best book I've ever read/heard. But it's not the worst one, either.
This book stayed with me for a while. It made me laugh and made me think. I enjoyed how Lacey got her life back in order on her own terms. Good on her :)
Loved Lacey and loved "Wolverine"
Give it a plot. She's hiding out during her marriage break-up, in the neighboring cottage is a man she takes a dislike to, who saves her when he thinks she's drowning. Surprise surprise who do you think she ends up with ??? I can't be sure, I couldn't read any further for yawning so deeply.
Scott Turow. He has a story to tell, 4-dimensional characters
The fluffy, unsubstantial mother
Frustration at the predictable self-defeating heroine.
Harbinger of Books
Lacey has been married to Mike for years and while her marriage was never passionate she thought it was stable. Then an order of flowers are sent to Lacey by mistake they are really for Mike's receptionist who is also Mike's mistress. Well Lacy is quite humiliated and she decides to get back by sending a mass e-mail to all of their friends, family and clients. Well one would think that people would sympathize with Lacey but they don't instead Lacey is forced to retreat to a lakeside cabin to lay low while things in town simmer down. At the lake house Lacey meets Monroe and ex-cop and crime novelist who likes isolation. Needless to say Monroe is not exactly happy to have a divorcee right next door who may or may not have a lot of drama.Meanwhile Lacey needs to figure out her life, what will she do for money? What does she like?
Normally I am not a fan of contemporary romance but I think Molly Harper is the greatest so I willing to take a chance. This book if very funny and Amanda Ronconi (narrator) just makes it all better. Lacey is a great character I like that she is for the most part rational but when she is irrational she really jumps off the deep end. This feels like a story that could actually happen. I also like the way that Mike was portrayed, he seemed like a man who just never thought about what he wanted and instead went along with everyone's expectations.
At first I thought it odd that she is entering a relationship with Monroe even if it is supposed to be casual but at the end it works.
Great story that is a lot of fun.
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Great listen and lots of laughs! A book you could get lost in.