What happens when a couple who actively chose not to have children (other than the canine variety) find themselves with a long-lost daughter and infant granddaughter on their doorstep?
This is the second novel I've read by Jackie Bouchard and I loved both of them. There was never a dull moment in this novel, and I even had to stop myself from sneaking ahead to make sure everything would be okay with Alex, the main character, and her husband Barry. I found Alex's reactions to the situation very believable and appreciated that she tried to support her husband while still acknowledging how difficult it was for her. I sympathized as her home life and professional life spiraled out of control at the same time.
I find myself easily relating to the protagonists in this author's books, probably because they are around my age and don't have children. But what I love the most is that the women's age (40ish) doesn't really come into play. It's never a "woe is me. I'm passed my prime" whining thing. These characters are just relatable, likeable, flawed, passionate, vivacious females who happen to be 40, but could have easily been 35. Of course, my favorite characters in the book were Marie, the dog and Ruthie, the baby. The book touched on serious issues while still maintaining humor. I finished the story with a smile on my face.