Life after divorce for Sarah Hurlihy consists of juggling her job as a preschool teacher and the demands of her interfering family. Then her bossy big sister decides to place a personal ad for her, and the unexpected becomes a daily event. Everybody wants Sarah to put the past behind her and take a bold step towards a fresh start. But when Sarah winds up with a lot of new men and rambunctious dogs in her life, along with plenty of awkward situations, unexpected emotions, and not-so-easy decisions, she wonders whether those mindless evenings sitting alone and watching The Brady Bunch were really so bad.
©2002 Claire Cook; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
"[A] surprising, touching, and hilariously deadpan debut novel." (Publishers Weekly) "[A] tart slice-of-the-single-life worth reading....Breezy first-person narration makes this a fast paced, humorous diversion." (Publishers Weekly)
"[A] laugh-out-loud novel....A light and lively read for anyone who has tried to reenter the dating scene or tried to 'fix up' somebody else." (Boston Herald)
I really wanted to like this book. Turns out I like the idea of the book more than the book itself. Time and again I found myself rolling my eyes at Sarah's behaviour. She just doesn't really seem to have much passion for life and I can't imagine her ever having it even before her divorce. She even admits that she never would have left her husband but just stayed in her unhappy life because that is what is expected. And you can imagine her doing just that time and again for the rest of her life. If the author's point was to show 'boring girl next door gets guy despite herself' she has succeeded. We really don't learn anything about most of the characters and the ones we do learn about aren't really the interesting ones. The novel is fun, just not very involving. I like something I can sink my teeth into - this is not it. Go see the movie instead.
I got this book in one oh this sales that audible do sometimes and was quite surprise.
The story is light, funny and easy going. Nothing extraordinary, but nice.
This is the story of a woman trying to get on with her life after a divorce prior to when the story begins. It tries to be topical and contemporary, but after a while one realizes who cares? It tries to be funny, doesn't work. Should it appeal to women rather than men? Maybe. Bottom line: don't give this dust bunny very high priority!
Great light story, full of indepth family humor with well developed "ordinary people" character. MUCH MUCH better than the movie - a good read for vacation!
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