Since I enjoyed the 1st book in this series, I was intrigued by the title "New Uses for Old Boyfriends. Sadly this book was more about Lila's delu..Show More »sional & materialistic mother Daphne than Lila's search for true love or personal achievement.
When Lila (32) goes home to Black Dog Bay after a divorce leaves her broke, she finds her mother Daphne is also broke after her father's death. (Evidently Dad didn't teach either Lila or Daphne anything about basic finances). Lila seemed very shallow, prioritizing men and money over female friends.
I found Daphne particularly annoying: a married woman who expected her husband to completely support the family while she spent money like water. Daphne kept whining that her husband had promised to "always take care of her", as if she was a not-too-bright child and he was just a meal ticket.
It was unbelievable when mother and daughter decided to open a retail store, in spite of having absolutely no business sense or ambition. The women seemed to worship ultra expensive apparel, was if wearing a designer brand makes people "better". I was not surprised when they "forgot to purchase business insurance" and made other careless business mistakes.
P,S. The secondary characters were more entertaining than Lila or her high school boyfriends. No graphic sex. Excellent narration.