A down-on-her-luck widow embarks on a zany act two full of love and adventure.
Lala Pettibone is finally ready to move on after the death of her husband―but then the man she’s secretly in love with, her boss, turns out to have a girlfriend. To make matters worse, her apartment building turns out to have major problems that will cost each resident $40,000. Lala has no choice but to sublet her apartment to make some quick cash and move out to Los Angeles to stay with her aunt Geraldine. Lala quickly starts meeting men, making friends, and volunteering at the animal shelter. However, all the men Lala meets tend to be either moving across the world or completely unavailable. Lala is also working hard to turn her screenplay into a novel, which would be a lot easier if she could stop watching Say Yes to the Dress with her dogs. The story is propelled more by Lala’s voice than by plot; luckily that voice is engaging and unique. It can, however, be exhausting at times. Still, Lala’s zest for life, love of rescue dogs, and solid friendships will keep readers engaged.
Mastrogiovanni’s debut is a story about second chances with a sense of humor.
"Lala Pettibone’s Act Two provides a breezy, enjoyable read full of clever humor and whimsical situations. Despite the comical take, Lala’s journey of self-discovery serves as effective inspiration for people seeking to get themselves out of a rut."
"Heidi Mastrogiovanni's debut novel is a masterful, spirited adventure. Whether Lala Pettibone is adoring her rescue dogs, processing life's curveballs or drooling over a new lust interest, she'll win your heart and keep you laughing. A tale that proves blooming after heartache is more than possible, you may just discover more of yourself in the process. Brava, Ms. Mastrogiovanni! The world needs more Lala Pettibone." - August McLaughlin, founder of Girl Boner
(August McLaughlin, founder of Girl Boner
From the Back Cover
Lala Pettibone, a forty-something widow whose outrageous antics befit women half her age, has been imagining her sexy boss, Gerard, is as smitten with her as she is with him. Enter Gerard’s fabulous girlfriend from Paris.
After spending the rest of the day drinking wine straight from the bottle, Lala attends the monthly meeting of her Greenwich Village co-op, where the residents are informed that a toxic wasteland has appeared in the building’s basement and everyone needs to pony up forty grand by the end of the week.
Ever the one to make limoncello out of lemons, Lala reluctantly decides to sublet her apartment and visit her Auntie Geraldine in Los Angeles. Good things come her way in sunny LA, including Dr. David, a handsome veterinarian, and inspiration to transform her previously rejected, uproarious, screenplay into a novel.
Lala Pettibone's Act Two is a wonderfully hilarious, second coming-of-age novel. Bridget Jones has absolutely nothing on Lala in the Late-Bloomer-With-Maybe-Lots-of-Potential Department.