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Thursday, July 29, 2010

And One Last Thing. . . by Molly Harper (Book Review)

Title: And One Last Thing. . .
Author: Molly Harper
Publisher: Gallery Books

My Synopsis/Thoughts: Lacey Terwilliger was a happily married woman, well - maybe not happily, but she thought it was implied with her husband that they didn't sleep with other people.  When some flowers from her husband get delivered to the wrong address, Lacey's eyes are opened to what a low-life he really is. 

Not willing to sit back and take it anymore, she continues to act like nothing has happened to make her aware of her husband Mike's philandering ways - but when it comes time for her husband's monthly business newsletter to be sent out - by her, Lacey lets it all fly.

Immediately regretting sending this email to over 300 of their friends, family and husband's business associates, Lacey at least feels that now she doesn't have to keep the facade about her life in place.  High tailing it to her mom's she spends a few days there and then runs to her cabin at the lake - a cabin that her grandmother had bequethed to her.  Here she can decide what she is going to do with what is left of her life.

She meets Monroe quite unexpectedly early one morning as she is enjoying the sunrise on her porch in tee shirt and panties.  He walks out of the cabin next door, which Lacey thought was empty, and an embarassed Lacey hastily goes in doors.  Well, Monroe makes it perfectly clear that he doesn't want to have anything to do with her, especially after learning that she is newly separated.  He goes out of his way to freeze her out, but tends to keep running into her anyway.  When he finally realizes that she is not going to "need" him to recover from her marriage, a strange friendship is begun.

Meanwhile, Lacey's fame has virally spread through out the country and brought a young lady named Maya to her door.  Maya has a business proposition for her which would put to use her scathing email abilities.  Lacey is very tempted by this offer and genuinely likes Maya, so tells her she will consider it.  She does need to do something to live as Mike didn't allow her to work outside the home. In her solitude at the cabin though, she does begin to write.  Her writing and her friendship with Monroe lead her to make some very serious decisions that will affect the rest of her life.

Seriously laugh out loud funny in places, this was not a woman for whom you felt sorry..  As they say - "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" and Lacey accurately fit this description.  But she didn't curl up in a ball and expect someone to come take care of her.  She saw what she had done and realized it was going to be up to her to take control of her life - in all aspects.  As she lives alone she realizes all the parts of herself that she lost somewhere along the way - from who she was allowed to be friends with to the kind of food she ate.  You get to see the empowerment that comes back to her as she begins making decisions on what she really wants to do.  A fun, quirky read with plenty of sarcasm and some romance.  This was a great summer read.

~I was provided a copy of this book by Gallery Books in exchange for my review.~

About the author: Molly Harper is the author of the acclaimed paranormal romance series for Pocket Star Books featuring librarian Jane Jameson: Nice Girls Don't Live Forever; Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men; and Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs, which was a Romantic Times Top Pick.   She is a former humor columnist and newspaper reporter who lives in western Kentucky with her husband and children.  Visit her on the web at mollyharper.com, at her blog Nice Girls Don't Write Naughty Books or on Twitter.

And One Last Thing. . .
Publisher/Publication Date: Gallery Books, July 27, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4391-6877-6
310 pages



Christina said...

I read her book Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs and loved it. Her characters are witty and so fun. I didn't realize that she also was writing non-paranomal books too I am definitely going to check this one out. Thanks for the review.

Ruthibelle said...

Witty and fun always get me - Like Lauralei and Rory from Gilmore Girls. Great review.

bermudaonion said...

This book sounds like so much fun. I think the cover's adorable too.

Just Mom said...

This one sounds very cute! I'll keep my eye out for it.

Blodeuedd said...

Sure sounds fun and like you say a good summer read


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