If this were a Renee Zellweger movie, my girlfriends would rush over here, alcohol and chocolates in hand, to assure me that everything was Mike's fault, that I was perfect and that I would find a better-looking, richer, more sexually expressive man in no time. The problem was that I didn't have a lot of friends. Well, not any real friends. I knew some ladies from our Sunday school class. And I was friendly with the women in Junior League. We had couples we went to dinner with, clients that we entertained, but I didn't have any girlfriends of my own. When you're a couple, it's hard finding friends that you and your husband agree on. Generally, you try to hang out with couples so no one feels left out or weird. But maybe the husbands get along but the wives hate each other. Or the wives get along great, but the husbands have nothing to talk about. It was just so much easier to hang around with Mike's friends and their wives. It was the simplest way to get him to agree to socialize. -- And One Last Thing by Mollie Harper
And One Last Thing ... by Mollie Harper
Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before once can say "instant urban legend," Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town, a media punch line, and the defendant in Mike's defamation lawsuit.
Her seemingly perfect life up in flames, Lacey retreats to her family's lakeside cabin, only to encounter an aggravating neighbor named Monroe. A hunky crime novelist with a low tolerance for drama, Monroe is not thrilled about a newly divorced woman moving in next door. But with time, beer, and a screen door to the nose, a cautious friendship develops into something infinitely more satisfying.
Lacey has to make a decision about her long-term living arrangement arrangements, though. Should she take a job writing caustic divorce newletters for paying clients, or move on with her own life, pursuing more literary aspirations? Can she find happiness with a man who tells her what he thinks and not what she wants to hear? And will she ever be able to resist saying one. . . last. . .thing?
And One Last Thing ... is what it appears to be -- a light, funny, novel about a marriage that goes wrong and the heroine that picks herself up and goes on. Lacey had always worked to keep everyone around her happy: from her parents to her husband and his colleagues. But the effort and the loss of self didn't prevent her husband from taking her for granted or the big blowout that announced the end of their marriage.
Molly Harper's latest novel is in the tradition of married chicklit -- funny, cathartic, and vengeful, in the best possible way. There's Lacey and her philandering husband Mike. Plus, his young, tanned, and available "receptionist." Post-breakup Lacey rebuilds her life with the help of her brother Emmett and her attractive and reclusive neighbor Monroe.
And One Last Thing ... is the sort of book to bring to the beach or the park -- a fast, fun read!
ISBN-10: 1439168776 - Trade Paperback $15.00
Publisher: Gallery; Original edition (July 27, 2010), 320 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.
About the Author:
Molly Harper worked for six years as a reporter and humor columnist for The Paducah Sun. Her reporting duties included covering courts, school board meetings, quilt shows, and once, the arrest of a Florida man who faked his suicide by shark attack and spent the next few months tossing pies at a local pizzeria. Molly lives in western Kentucky with her family.
Thank you so much to Gallery Books for this review opportunity!
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