I found this book in a book box at my local library for a quarter, so I wasn't expecting much - you know, they say you get what you pay for! It turned out be a very witty yet honest look at the changes we all go through and must sometimes deal with in life.
Three generations of women (g'ma, mom, (grand)daughter) come together in this story to learn to live together and accept each other's differences while learning they have many of the same hopes and fears. Erin struggles for teenage independence, Cecilia tries to gain control of her life after divorce, and Belle works through her first year of widowhood. Even Max, the bulldog, has his own issues to deal with - and "indiscretions"!
Well-written, funny, and beautifully reflects the thoughts and perspectives of women in different stages of life. A pleasure to read!
This is the first in the series of books (Next) that replaces Harliquin's Flipside. It's a really good story about 3 generations of women at difficult times in their lives. It has humor, likeable characters and a very good story line.
Cecilia Dupree is living with her teenage daughter and widowed mother, separated from her husband of 19 years. She feels like everyone is moving forward but her. Soon her reading group leads to unexpected trouble, her daughter is out of control and her mother is misbehaving. Can she find happiness with a younger lawyer, or is this just one more area of her life that's out of control?
CiCi is in her 40's her mom is moving in, her teenage daughter has been sneaking out--what should she do?! Interesting tale on how she handles all the changes in her life. This is a NEXT book a new line from Harlequin.
Great story of CiCi Dupree "sandwiched" by her mother Belle, recently widowed, and her daughter Erin, just about to leave the nest. Struggles surround CiCi's inability to 1) let her daughter grow up and make her own decisions and 2) accept her mother's continued need for companionship. Really cute with a couple of plots running throughout that all combine for lots of laughs. Excellent perspective book for those in the "sandwich" time of their lives - or those of us in the "bread"!
Enjoyed it much more than I expected. When I started it, I thought I wasn't going to enjoy it, but I did! I especially liked the plot's climax. It was unique, effective, and funny, too!
Just couldn't get interested in this tale of three generations of women living under one roof. Had some mildly amusing parts, but not enough to kee p me going.
A novel for those who enjoy the good things in life...even in meltdown mode!
Cute "chick" book. CiCi Dupree's soon-to-be ex-husband is gettin' it on with girls half his age, her prize winning stud bulldog can't get it on, her free spirited mother is moving in with her and her once do-gooder daughter is sneaking out of the house at night.
What's a fortyish woman to do?
Funny, quick reading - good beach or pool book!
This is the story of a woman coping with her own divorce while her mother and daughter are starting new relationships. She must learn to accept the changes in her own life as well as theirs. Good story.
Another great book by J Archer. Love to read her books!
Told through a clever mix of narrative, letters, e-mails and instant messages, this multigenerational tale covers all-too-familiar ground as it charts the trials of three women living under the same roof: middle-aged marriage counselor Cecelia Dupree, a depressed recent divorcÃ©e with a penchant for sweets; her newly widowed mother, Belle; and her 17-year-old daughter, Erin, who's suffocating under CiCi's too-strict rules. Having been burned by her cheating ex, who fancies women in their 20s, CiCi can't seem to move on. Predictably, it's her vivacious mother, as well as the good-humored (and horny) seniors in Belle's reading group, who teach CiCi to embrace lifeâand the handsome younger man who's interested in pursuing a relationship with her. The book isn't as sweetly playful as the cover, featuring a scrumptious-looking ice cream cone, suggests, and the plot sometimes reads as if plucked from fantasyland (e.g., all three women pair off with fantastic men who love them just the way they are). But what saves this story from being a 300-page clichÃ© is its moments of insight and poignancy. Whether writing from the perspective of an angst-ridden teenager or a bitter, depressed divorcÃ©e, Archer captures the voices and vulnerabilities of her characters with precision.
this was such a cute book :D
Great read. True to life story.