- File Size: 692 KB
- Print Length: 328 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press; Last Rose of Summer edition (April 12, 2011)
- Publication Date: April 12, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004WF4QIG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,241,064 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Review: At the beginning of this story, we are introduced to the idyllic trophy wife, Jean, who has stayed in her loveless marriage for decades and gets dumped...yes, you read correctly, dumped. Her ex is letting her go for a younger model - her daughter's college roommate. Despite the fact that her ex is a cad, he really has released Jean with his best wishes for her happiness, a sizable allowance, and a nice hefty settlement. On the other hand, her daughter who was raised in this loveless marriage, is furious that her mother hasn't tried to stop the divorce...The Nerve!
Enter my favorite character of this story, hands down. Nick took my heart from the very beginning and as I got to know him, he just carried it away. He lost his wife and raised his son, single-handedly. He still lives in the house she decorated twenty years before and reaches over at night to put his hand on her pillow...*sigh* His son changes before his very eyes as he begins seeing Jean and he has no idea why or what to do about it. Nick starts to refer to his budding relationship with Jean in reference to a movie they watch one night, The Showboat, an old classic, hence "The Showboat Affair" they are having since her divorce isn't final.
A chance encounter is what brings these two together and while the sparks fly for Nick, Jean is too confused to even see him at first. When they bump into each other again, Nick is thrilled while Jean is as skittish as can be. While they both want to takes things slow and be there for each other as friends, it's hard on both of them juggling their children's feelings and their own feelings...before. Before Nick gets robbed, Jean gets attacked, and before they get hit by a car. The light of suspicion falls on everyone they know close to them - his son, her daughter, her ex-husband, her lawyer, etc. Before anyone can make heads or tails of what's going on, the cops decide who's guilty but Jean is afraid they've got the wrong person in jail...
This was a pleasant easy read that I enjoyed. The characters, especially Jean, grew as she found confidence in her ability to be independent. Nick, did I mention I loved him,also grew into a man who realized he needed to move on. The unexpected friendships that developed provided a lot of humor and I felt that the story stayed true, realistic, and was very satisfied with the ending. A very touching story for anyone who has ever experienced divorce, being widowed, remarried, the loss of a partner, and understands what it takes to start at the bottom and climb back up.
Jean was a society wife who allowed that to define her for many years. She remained in her unhappy marriage even though she knew her husband, Rand, was openly unfaithful. Their only daughter, Juliana, grew up as `Daddy's girl', independent and driven. Jean's world is shaken when Rand announces that he is divorcing her to marry a younger woman. Although she isn't exactly heart broken there is still pain, loss and abandonment. Jean slowly realizes that she has to establish her own self worth as an individual.
Nick is smitten the first time he sees Jean. He lost his wife twenty years before and remained single as he raised their son, Charlie. Nick has not even dated other women until he meets Jean. It is awkward for Nick but he is willing to be patient as Jean needs to find her footing.
Unfortunately neither of their children like the idea of Jean and Nick. Juliana and Charlie are very unkind, unpleasant and selfish in their attitudes. This creates some interesting conflict and tension that are a good part of the story. Another long time friend, Greg, is also pursing Jean. He seems charming but a bit pushy when Jean isn't ready to be pushed.
Rand has arranged for Jean to keep the marital home and receive a significant settlement in the divorce. When Jean is attacked all the family members are suspect. Could Rand want to eliminate Jean before he has to complete the settlement? Could one of the children be so set against Jean's new relationship that they would try to kill her? Will Jean and Nick get a chance for a future?
I really liked the well developed main and secondary characters. As difficult as it is Jean is strong enough to redefine herself. Nick is an absolutely sweet, patient man. They are very likeable while their children are quite unlikeable.
The emotional story moves along with the expected tension of the circumstances. Then the plot blends in the suspense of the attacks and stalking. I enjoyed the romance being allowed to grow slowly and the tie in with the movie, The Showboat Affair, is fun. There is also a gentle message of forgiveness and reconciliation that is so important to finding peace and happiness in life. This is an easy flowing story with a nice blend of intrigue and romance that makes for a very satisfactory read.