Author: Marilyn Simon Rothstein
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Lake Union Publishing
Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.
After a lifetime of marriage, Marcy Hammer is ready to get herself unhitched—just as everyone else in her life is looking for a commitment. Her new boyfriend, Jon, wants to get serious, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Harvey, is desperate to get back together. When her headstrong daughter announces a secret engagement to Harvey’s attorney, Marcy finds herself planning her daughter’s wedding as she plans her own divorce.
Now with two huge events on the horizon, the indomitable Marcy soon realizes that there’s nothing like a wedding to bring out the worst in everybody. From petty skirmishes over an ever-growing guest list to awkward confrontations with her sticky-fingered new in-laws, pulling off the wedding is going to be a challenge; seeing her divorce through is going to be a trial. And trying to make everyone happy might prove to be impossible—because in the end, Marcy alone must make a choice between something old and something new.
I loved the author's debut novel, Lift and Separate, and was happy to love this book just as much! I was thrilled the book followed Marcy's adventures again and picked up where her first book left off. This book can be read on it's own but I think it will make more sense and be more enjoyable if you read Lift and Separate first.
What I loved most about this book was the witty and fun writing style! Just as in her first book, the author makes an otherwise depressing or stressful situation for the character something to laugh through and find the positives. The "one liners" and jokes the Marcy makes literally make you laugh out loud. Marcy even calls out the fact that joking is her defense mechanism when another character makes a joke in the middle of a serious conversation. The book drew me in from the first page and I couldn't stop reading because I just HAD to know how all the wedding drama worked out.
Once again, I'm impressed with the author's ability to blend serious, important issues concerning families and relationships with laugh out loud humor! You would think the humor would make light of or take away the seriousness of the situation, but it doesn't. It makes the story that much more real and easy to relate to. I definitely recommend this as your next weekend read!