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It is sort of a romantic book, but it isn't a romance. It does have a happy ending, and the girl does get the guy, but it still isn't really a romance.
Really, the book tells you what it is as you are reading it. You see, the book is about a romance writer. It starts the day her husband of 20 years dumps her for a younger woman; and ends on the day her divorce is final. It covers the things the protagonist deals with as she writes her next story, which closely resembles what she is going through in her life. It covers her new dating life, her fantasies, how she copes with going through her divorce, how she copes with her kids and relations as she goes through the divorce, and how life generally changes and settles as time goes on.
Overall, this book is a very uplifting portrayal of life after divorce.
If you are looking for a good, happy, interesting, book, that is written in the positive style of a good romance book, but isn't the same ole same ole romance book, give this a go. You might be surprised... I was!
I like to mix up my reading and having just finished one literary novel followed by an action/adventure/suspense story, I thought perhaps this confection would be just what I needed. Dee Ernst is a fellow author on Boomers and Books and I knew from reading her blogs over the past year that she has a style which appeals to me.
My instincts were right. How could one not love a book when it begins with a view of the April version of winter that is so in tune with my own.
Touted as a romantic comedy, Better Off Without Him was just that. The characters were varied and zany in a normal kind of way, and their nicknames laugh-out-loud funny. Mona, the hero, is a romance writer in her mid-forties who thinks her marriage is perfect - until the day Mr Right comes home and tells her he is in love with a woman fifteen years younger and thirty pounds lighter. A few months later she takes her three teenage daughters to her place on the Jersey shore for the summer. One rainy day they come at her as a group and tell her she should start `practice' dating. They even have a man in mind, a neighbor and friend from across the street. Thus starts the round of dating `safe' men recommended by friends, most of whom are anything but.
Ms Ernst has impeccable timing, both with comedy and plot. Her writing is smart and crisp. We are not absolutely certain who she will end up with - or even if she will end up with anyone at all. It is a fun and lighthearted read, but not at all written to formula.
There were a couple of minor flaws. The book had a few more typos than I would have liked for one of its quality and did not translate well to Kindle, where I read it.
Good romantic comedies are hard to come by (even more so ones with mature protagonists) and we need more from this author. Move over, Jennifer Crusie...
This book has coarse language and sex scenes and is recommended for mature audiences.
So if you do not like husband bashing this not the book for. I hope most men are not that shallow, but I guess there are some or the book would not be a story you could believe. A good read summer beach read.
I finally started it about five hours ago and have just finished the story.
The writing style was engaging and fun. There were a couple common punctuation errors, but it wasn't enough to distract me (I've come to expect much worse in free ebooks). The book is no longer listed with Amazon as free, and I the story is easily worth the current price.
The main character was believable and honest. I really cared about her well being and happiness. There were quite a few moments after I was sucked in where I was surprised into laughing with careful juxtaposition of serious and funny. A lot of romance comes off as contrived or unbelievable. I oftentimes don't have much respect for some of the characters or their choices. This was not the case with this book. I could see myself friends with these people: they had dimension, they were real, and I cared about what happened to them.
I enjoyed this story immensely and will be rereading it in the future.
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