Warm family story, with great characters. As I get older I'm appreciating more and more the stories of women who have and have had a full life. Caroline is just such a women, and by the end of the book we realize her sister Taffy is, as well. Work, children, love, marriage, home -- great stuff.
An interesting reading for women between the ages of 40 -80 talks a lot about the mid life crisis that a lot of women go through with a daughter getting married, a sister deciding on a divorce, a son going to law school and her husband a public defender...
This is a crazy tale about two people,(Caroline & Tom) retired and ready to set off on their lifelong dreams: Carolines's sister moves in with a ton of luggage & a very bad tempered dog & broken dreams; a contractor find cracks in the foundation and moves in their yard indefinitely; and their daughter, Kay, brings home her finace', the richest boy in Raleigh....planning a high society, very expensive wedding that could wipe out Tom & Caroline's finances...and their dreams. It it funny, sad, but most of all, reminds one that having family along on life's journey (good or bad) is a blessing.
quick, enjoyable read about a family who learns that whatever challenges you face in life, it is always easier with family around. i was a tad disapointed in the ending - but jeanne ray never has predictable endings.
Cute book. A little bit silly at times, but I will admit it did have my laughing out loud in some parts. Not one of my favorite books, but it was enjoyable to read if you are feeling kinda "blah" and need a laugh. My mother borrowed the book from me before I read it - she loved it and gave it 4 stars.
This was a new author for me and i really enjoyed her. This is the same author who wrote Julie and Romeo, which i now want to read. This is a cute story about an older couple getting ready to retire, Tom is a lawyer and Caroline is a dance teacher. They have raised 4 kids and now their empty nest is filling up again--- with everything from family,-- to problems with the house-- if it can go wrong it will. It's a happy read and i'd read it again!!
Loved it! Probably a tie with "Eat Cake" for my favorite by Jeanne Ray. Great story of a couple in the midst of several situations -- any of which could be a disaster -- but just rolling with the punches and love brings happy endings for all.
This is a fabulous heartwarming novel. It centers on Kay and her crazy family (don't we all have one?). You meet her husband, her sister Taffy, her daughter and fiance (along with daughter's ex-boyfriend) and a contractor named Woodrow. They are all exquisite characters. I read this while home on maternity leave and it filled me with hope for a rich, rich life.
An easy read, it's about relationships and sisters and families. It is amusing and sweet. It probably could have been written as a novella and been as effective, but the longer story allows for character development.
From Publishers Weekly
Ray's snappy second novel takes place in a chaotic but comfortable Southern household led by an appealingly down-to-earth matriarch. Caroline McSwain, a dance instructor in her 60s, is sitting down to dinner with her devoted husband, Tom, a public defender, when two phones ring simultaneously to interrupt their rare moment of privacy. Ten minutes later, her estranged, flighty sister, Taffy, newly separated from her husband, has decided to come from Atlanta for an extended visit, with her nasty terrier in tow. And the McSwains' only daughter, Kay, has just gotten engaged to Trey Bennet, a member of Raleigh's bluest-blooded family, but she still hasn't gotten over Jack, a charming district attorney. Meanwhile, Caroline and Tom's home is undergoing what seems like a never-ending renovation, eating up their retirement fund. Kay's wedding plans get complicated (and expensive); Caroline and Taffy start finding common ground; even the terrier calms down, thanks to Woodrow, a contractor who has taken a shine to Taffy. Caroline is an endearing narrator, realistic and self-deprecating; when things start to get out of control, her love for her family helps her to keep things on track. Although Ray (Julie and Romeo) allows the sap level to rise a little too high as the inevitable picture-perfect ending rolls around, she has a gift for lively dialogue that makes the characters (Caroline and Tom especially) snap into place.
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From Library Journal
A long-term, happy marriage. The perfect job. And four children who are all successful lawyers. Of course trouble is bound to come Carolyn's way. A follow-up to the surprise hit Julie and Romeo.