Things came together here at Working Girl Reviews a little faster than we thought, so we’re posting out first review a little ahead of schedule. Since our review site is geared toward helping busy women find great books for the leisure time they have so little of, I thought we’d kick things off with a short, fast paced romance perfect for a weekend read.
By Mary Eason
Romance – Sweet
The Wild Rose Press
E-book or Paperback
Laney Winters is living the life she thought she’d always wanted—perfect home, wealthy husband and a successful, if somewhat mediocre, romance writing career. At forty-one, Laney discovers she’s expecting her first child and can’t wait to rush home and surprise her husband with the great news. Her husband, Tom, has a surprise of his own waiting for her. She walks in on him in bed with his much younger secretary. He wants a divorce and wants Laney out of his house. Having signed a prenuptial agreement, she has little choice other than her oft-imagined murder scenarios.
Coming to the realization murder isn’t the answer, Laney leaves her shattered big city life and returns to the small town she grew up in and the two elderly, eccentric aunts who raised her. Sometimes life throws you a curve and forces you to make life-altering decisions. Wanting a place to hide and lick her wounds, the one thing Laney doesn’t want is to fall in love again. But life is full of surprises, the bad and the good.
Mary Eason’s writing is upbeat and often humorous, which served to suck me into the story from page one. Forty Something is a short, fast paced, delightful romance packed full of tender emotion and heartwarming moments. I found Laney and her aunts wonderfully flawed and completely lovable. The only issue I had with the story was with Jake, the hero. Although he was everything a hero should be, I could never get a true feel for him and to me he seemed a little one dimentional. I was more than pleasantly surprised by some of the more intriguing moments in the story and truly enjoyed reading it. I think those who love a sweet romance will like this one.
Reviewed by Willow –