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A light, quick, fun read
on September 30, 2005
"Navy Husband" was an enjoyable read. This book follows two sisters, Shana and Ali. Ali is part of the Navy, and when the Navy sends her overseas, Ali reminds Shana that she had put down her name as "support person" to take care of her daughter Jasmine, in this contigency. At the time that Shana had agreed to put her name down, it had seemed to be only a technicality, as it did not seem likely that she would ever be needed, but things change, and now Ali reminds her of her agreement.
The timing could not be worse. Shana has just broken up with her five-year boyfriend, and, as a gesture (to herself) that she is starting a whole new life, Shana quits her job, moves to another city, and buys a pizza parlor (a major career change). A little girl is exactly what she does *not* need right now. In the end, though, everything works out, and as they tend to in romance land, everything works out much better than anyone could have hoped for.
I had just read some of Debbie Macomber's older books, and I thought that this book felt more contemporary (DUH ME!!) - I thought that there was more of an *edge* to her characters than I've seen in this author's older books. (Shana spends a major part of the book *breaking up* with her old boyfriend - even though, as she keeps saying "I am SO over him!") I guess Debbie Macomber has updated - although, even with the more savvy and street-smart Shana, I thought at times that she *was* a little bit too good - she's always so polite, I kept waiting for her to *really* give it to him, which she never did. I guess even city girls in Debbie Macomber's books are still sweet girls, at heart.
There was not as much emotional depth to this story as in some of her other books, but on the other hand, it was fast-paced, never boring - an enjoyable, and quick, read. And, yes, I did think that the nine year old was pretty mature for nine - but not overly so, a very mature nine year old *could* pull it off, and I guess that perhaps Jasmine had grown up quick.