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Excellent Women's Fiction,
This review is from: Happy Hour (Paperback)I really enjoyed "Happy Hour." I have read all of Ms. Scott's book and I always write a review because not only do I think she's a fabulous writer, but I met her at an event once and found her a delight. I like to claim that I am her biggest fan!
Although this isn't a "guy" book perse, I'm in touch with my feminine side and I wanted to read and see if Ms. Scott was on her game with a new type of book, and I am happy to report that she is!
The book is about four women all either reaching middle age or in the midst of it. Danielle, Kat, Jamie and Alyssa are all friends who meet on Sunday afternoons for comaraderie, food and wine. Each of their stories plays out seamlessly. The plotlines for each of these women's lives were true to life and I did feel like I knew each one. Like another reader wrote, I did not want it to end, and I do hope for a sequel. What I appreciated was Ms. Scott allowed women in their forties to fall in love (and have it feel realistic), deal with troublesome teenagers, handle aging parents with graciousness but also show how difficult life's varied situations can be. At first I wondered before I started reading if this would be a downer book due to some of the heavy subjects I'd heard were tackled in the book, and I have never read anything very "downerish" by Ms. Scott. Her mysteries are always fun and campy and silly--a style I adore. However, I found my fears were for not. There is humor in this book (the kind that made me laugh out loud, and there were a few scenes where I did tear up). The dialogue is strong, on point and real. I also found the book to be insipirational, but not in a in your face way but in a truly thoughtful way. One secondary character in specific (Mark) made me think about my own beliefs and feelings over loss and how to truly handle it. This is a beautiful book. I bought a copy for my sister and told her that she had to suggest it to her book club as I found it not only fun but also thought provoking on many levels.
I also was only able to find this book online (boohoo and ridiculous), and it's my hope the publishers get this book on the shelves. It deserves to be up there. Once again--cheers to Ms. Scott!
Do yourself a favor and read the book and tell all your gal pals (or guy pals who are in touch with their feminine side). You won't be sorry. It is that good.