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That said, I enjoyed the relationships between the Tarts and the relationships between the Tarts and their husbands. I liked the tidbits about the music industry, and I thought Peter's decision to follow a band was actually pretty interesting. Peter, at times, had some clever dialogue.
I feel like the author, while decent, could have done well to have someone (else?) read it for pacing and then cut accordingly. If it's free and you're into learning about the workings of a loop pedal, go for it.
Each of the women are married save for Ana. As the group starts playing together again, there is a particular gentleman, Pete, who is very interested in the Red Russian – aka Baby by the group. The group’s first reaction is to ensure Baby’s safety by making sure he isn’t a stalker. Once he passes snuff with the stalker test, the women allow the contact to take place. Unbeknownst to Pete as he is given the opportunity to get to know Ana, his life is being torn apart bit by bit to make sure he is appropriate for her. Without any spoilers I’ll just say my jaw dropped and I laughed at some of the stuff that Pete had to deal with. Can love make it through?
With the exception of some needed proofing, this book is extremely well written. Mr. Roome develops his characters brilliantly through the use of dialogue. I didn’t feel exactly fulfilled though, as if the climax was missing. My only warning for readers is very mild sexual content and a few overly done monologues.
All in all, The Available Tart is a great read that I enjoyed very much. I was able to get a little inside into the music world. Although I think I’d have to say my favorite thing about this book was the bond between the women…and their husbands as well. The strength of those bonds not only protects the women and their families, it reinforces the importance of both close friendship and family. This is definitely a book I’d add to your bookshelf!
Believe me when I say that this book is a real gem of this genre. I thought all the characters were believable -- the band members, the crew, and the guy who... well, I don't want to give away too much.
The only reason I didn't give it five stars is that there are some persistent spelling and punctuation issues that need to be resolved. They aren't so horrible as to detract from enjoying the book, but they are there and, in a couple of cases, they are true errors and not typos, such as the continued misspelling of "manager" as "manger." A manger is what they laid the Baby Jesus in. Misspelling "manager" as "manger" makes Baby Jesus cry.
Apart from those issues, the only other thing I missed was just a little more detail given to the band's gear, specifically their guitars; there is so much detail given to so many other things such as a certain goat (those who have read the book will know what that means; those who have not should read it) but not to whether Wendy prefers a Stratocaster or a Gretsch, or whether Ann likes Telecasters, Les Pauls or Rickenbackers. Inquiring minds want to know.
A well written and enjoyable read.