Madame Mirabou's School of Love Author:Barbara Samuel Divorce is never easy, and forty-something Nikki finds herself unwillingly thrust into a major identity crisis. She was happy being a housewife and mother in an upscale neighborhood of Colorado Springs and thought all was well until her husband takes off, and the family house blows up. As she slowly comes out of the fog of divorce, Nikki realize... more »s she needs a job and a place to live, then has to face the clash with her old way of life: her fancy friends can't understand her waitress job: they eat in restaurants, they don't work in them. Nikki veers away from her now strained relationships, makes new friends, and enters the world of dating. As Nikki tries to find herself, her old dream of making perfume as a business instead of a hobby infuses her with purpose, but is she willing to take a risk? With great insight Samuel explores the many problems facing newly divorced women and offers hope and inspiration in the form of one gutsy heroine.« less
I've read all of Barbara Samuel's books and they are all good. They each have their own story to tell. Her characters are so rich. You feel you know them too. This book is about Nicole Bridges who is recently divorced. Her husband left her for another woman and he took their daughter. Nicole, unintentionally blew up her house that she shared with her family. Now she has no place to go and doesn't know how to pick up the pieces of her life to make a new life for herself. She finally gets an apartment, and then finds a job. She also meets some wonderful friends in her apartment complex and at work. This story tells Nikki/Nicole's story of finding herself, living a dream and finally being herself. Her ex tells her he's made a mistake and their daughter is only too anxious to have her parents back together. It is a wonderful story. Not great literature, but Samuel will always make you feel like you're right there with her characters.