Thursday, December 5, 2013

[Musing Maddie's Review]: "A Slight Change of Plan"

A Slight Change of Plan by Dee Ernst
Publisher: Montlake Romance (November 19, 2013) 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Kate Everett is about to begin her “second act.” She’s been a widow for eight years and thinks it might be time to start looking for someone to share her life with again. She quits her high-pressure job for something that will allow her more leisure time. She gets rid of the huge family home and moves into a fabulous condo that’s smaller and easier to manage. She’s pretty much got the rest of her life figured out. All she has to do is sit back, relax, and let the pieces fall into place.

But her real life never gets the memo. First, her son moves back in with her—along with his girlfriend. Her dream job falls through, leaving her unemployed. Her mother, whom she hadn’t spoken to in years, can no longer live alone and has to move into her basement. And her only daughter is planning the smallest and simplest wedding in the history of all weddings, much to Kate’s dismay.

Kate thinks that she and Jake, her former college love who has reemerged on an online dating site, of all places, can build something real, and that maybe her happy ending is in front of her at last. But the arrival of Edward, her daughter’s future father-in-law, presents Kate with an unexpected choice. 

It looks like real happiness may require a slight change of plan.

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Musing Maddie's Review:

From page one of this delicious contemporary romance, A Slight Change of Plan, I had a smile on my face. Such is the clever, witty and delightful prose of Dee Ernst.

Kate Everett has decided it's time to move on to 'the next phase' of her life. Time to explore the possibility of new love, downsize her home, attempt to downsize her responsibilities. However, nothing is ever as simple as it appears. Her estranged mother causes grief, an old flame tempts her to resurrect their steamy college relationship and a handsome, debonair Englishman invites unknown pleasures. In the midst of this, her independent adult children navigate new lives causing ripples of their own. Was life ever uncomplicated? Will it ever be?

Ernst's characters are always real and endearing. Throughout the engaging story, the witty repartee between characters will cause many laugh-out-loud moments. Yet, interestingly, despite the fun you will experience when you read fifty-five-year-old Kate's story of life and love, due to the impressive depth and many heartfelt poignant moments, you might also cry a little.

I loved it.

Once again, Dee Ernst has created a gem. The combination of her beautiful storytelling, her quick-witted humor and her believable, lovable characters delivered a quality and highly recommended read. Grab this one. Become a Dee Ernst fan.

  5 STARS!


Musing Maddie received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.


Meet Musing Maddie:

Musing Maddie is an avid reader, who mainly devours all things romance. She loves series, but only when the story warrants a few books rather than one. A strong, intelligent female with a bit of sass and wit is the preferred heroine in the books she reads, and some sizzle between the sheets is welcome too. Well, ok...more than welcome! Well, not just between the sheets is just fine too! She’s from Down Under, so her humor is on the crazy side. Captivating storylines, with well developed plot and yes, hot, hunky Heroes, is definitely a preference, but she loves it when the characters are damaged, and their story brings hope and restoration. Yes please to HEAs!

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1 comment :

Kame said...

Saw this glad you liked it - I will have to try it!