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- ASIN : B07QMJNQ1Z
- Publisher : The Wild Rose Press, Inc (May 20, 2019)
- Publication date : May 20, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1756 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 388 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1509226109
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,112,487 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Darcy bears the blame for the demise of her marriage and the dissolution of her relationship with her daughter. After being introduced to Joyce and Nathan, the level of cynicism and dislike for the institution of marriage became very apparent. Between Joyce divulging personal information regarding Darcy and Nathan playing the victim to anyone who would listen. It was no wonder that Darcy moved from party planner to divorce planner. Nathan was quite horrid as a human being. He took no responsibility for the marriage ending. Joyce simply agitated to me as well to no end. How could her mom be the cause of everything that goes wrong in her life? (sigh)
But wait who's that knocking on the romance door? A sexy younger hardworking divorce attorney that goes by the name of Victor that's who. There is no better time to change your mind on marriage and all that comes with it - love, romance, love. Victor is what you would hope your man would be. He was mannerable, accountable and a romantic, who just so happened to tickle Darcy's fancy. Yes, I said, "tickled her fancy". (smile)
Darcy was relatable on so many levels for me. For years, I was cynical when it came to marriage. It has lost some of its meaning, its value and the respect it once held. So, I could relate to her stance. Especially when said marriage resulted in divorce because of adultery that she was to blame. I still wanted to strangle Nathan and Joyce up until the end even though things came together for the trio.
All in all, this was an easy fun read that was well-executed. Yes, it was a bit predictable, but I still had fun getting to the end.
The Divorce Planner revolved around Darcy who was 50 something, professionally divorce planner trying to mend relationship with her daughter by planning her wedding. In between juggling the divorce planning and wedding planning, she found someone who changed her belief, made her to think about love again. The book was about divorce vs wedding, love vs logic and realism, second chance to love, and midlife and married life crisis.
What i liked-
I loved many things in the book. Writing and plot was fabulous and gripping. It was third person narrative from Darcy’s POV. Her voice was charming that pulled me into the story right from the beginning. Humor, romance, drama, conflicts, and insights everything was there to make the book enjoyable.
Book started with Joyce calling her mother Darcy to plan her wedding. But the thing is Darcy was the divorce planner not wedding planner who was against marriage. She vowed not to marry ever. Darcy was so sure of no true love, no happy ending, no fairy tales and no forevermore and adamant all things related to love and marriage end disastrously. But when she met Victor at gala event and later for business, all her beliefs threatened to go wrong. Things got even worse when they attended Darcy’s ex-husband wedding as fake madly-in-love couple.
I was curious to see how they will get out of their lie, what they will experience once their fantasy ended and were forced to come back in reality, will Darcy break her vow and give love a second chance, and how they will confess their true feelings. There were little surprises here and there that kept the story gripping and exciting.
The best part was characters, especially Darcy. She was my favorite character in the book. Like her name she was man in women’s body- realistic, cynical, and practical. Darcy’s story of her previous marriage, how it ended horribly that affected her relation with her daughter, how she failed to mend it ever since the divorce, and how a party planner Darcy turned to divorce planner. It showed endurance, patience and strength. I liked her cynical thoughts on marriage, love and divorce. The way she handled her clients, work life, social Life and daughter’s wedding all at once was admirable. Darcy’s emotions throughout the book were perceptible. I could feel her exasperation, confusion, fear, and struggle. As a mother I could see how difficult it might be to cope with Her ex-husband, Nathan and daughter, Joyce who were irritating and blamed Darcy for anything that went wrong with them. Many times I put down the book to think how Darcy might have dealt with them for so many years.
First chapter and I already hated Nathan. He repeatedly blamed Darcy for their divorce. He was liar who turned everyone against Darcy even their daughter. And now that she is planning Joyce’s marriage he called her a bad luck for their daughter’s marriage! No wonder Darcy is a divorce planner.
Joyce was no better than Nathan. She loved her dad more than Darcy even though he cheated Darcy. She was Bridezilla who wanted her mother to put her work and clients on sidelines to organize her perfect wedding and she didn’t even appreciate all Darcy did for her till date. Not just that she threatened to fire Darcy!! She was petulant, controlling and spoiled person. But things changed by the end of the book and I liked the way both father and daughter realized their mistake, it was realistic.
Here comes my second favorite character of the book. Victor, 37, so younger than Darcy that he could be her eldest son. Handsome divorce attorney at Darcy’s best friend’s firm, workaholic, sensitive and romantic. He was such a gentleman, sweetheart, and perfect marriage material, it was surprising he never married or didn’t have life outside work. I loved him when he asked Darcy to take him as a date to her Nathan’s wedding and his logics for it were fabulous.
All characters were relatable, I could understand their feelings and emotions. I felt like I was part of their story. Those Books and Booze club discussion were fun to read. All members of the book club were interesting and unique. I even loved their little stories after climax and their discussion on Darcy’s love life. It made me want to find a book club with regular meet to have that kind of fun.
So many things happened between climax and end. This portion was felt longer but was filled with humor, drama and lots of emotions. I loved the way characters realized their mistakes and tried to make things right between them. End was good and fun. Another good book-to-screen kind of story. I would love to see this as a movie.
why 4 star-
Everything about the book was enjoyable but it was little predictable. Sometimes characters acted childishly. Joyce telling all private details of Darcy to everyone, Victor sharing things to Tyler before consulting Darcy, Nathan and Tanya’s friend belittling Darcy and Victor! They were all adults and I wished they acted accordingly.
Overall, it was entertaining, romantic and relatable chick-lit with interesting characters and their views on marriage and divorce.