Woman Last Seen in her Thirties

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4 out of 5 Stars

I’d like to thank Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

This book is released on February 27th, so remember to check it out!!

“It’s an age-old story: woman meets man, man woos woman, woman spends her best years believing their love is the everlasting kind. The pair watches with teary eyes as their progeny take flight from their suburban nest, knowing they’ll return in times of crisis or when their laundry needs to be washed and folded. Woman embraces aging with hair dye and ample amounts of wine . Man faces his impending mortality by convincing himself that a younger woman is the answer to his waning energy and flagging libido. Certain their sparkling future is worth the collateral damage, the May–December duo ride into the sunset as our heroine stands in the shadows, stunned by this unexpected rewrite. Yes, mine is a tale as old as time. Beauty replaces the beast.”
When Maggie’s husband leaves her later later in life, she has to figure out once again who she is without him. How do you find yourself after decades of marriage when you’ve always been an “us” and never an “I”? How do you make people see you again as the person you were? How do you make people see you AT ALL??
“When had I ceased to be a human and metamorphosed into a windowpane? Maybe people had been looking right through me for years, and I was only now realizing it. Ladies and gentlemen, the Amazing Invisible Woman has been spotted!”
Now in her 50’s with grown children and a husband who no longer thinks he loves her she has to wonder, “Where was the bright-eyed girl who had dreamed of a happy nuclear family and actually lived to see her dream come true?”
So, Maggie decides to go on her Anniversary trip to Rome that was already booked to try to find herself as her own person again. Learning to put down the bottle and be her best self… or, at least the self that is recognizable once more.
“After seven months of numbing my worst feelings, I was ready to feel them, even the ones that made it seem like life was nothing but a big fat cosmic joke.”
This book is equal parts “Eat Pray Love” and “Bridget Jones’ Diary” all at once touching and funny. I loved the character of Maggie as she was written very real. She wasn’t perfect, but she was strong and she was weak all at the same time. It wasn’t a pretty transition from wife and mother to single woman again, and it wasn’t one of those books where she just fell into the arms of some hunky man who sweeps her off her feet and they live happily ever after. It’s messy and it’s up and down as we follow Maggie on this beautiful journey where she learns that you can always change your mind because “Life is nothing if not full of twists and turns.”

Woman Last Seen in her Thirties is Best Served With

A Negroni

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Maggie’s trip to Rome inspired me to make a Negroni for this book, as she drinks them and I had never tried one.

*WARNING! When you purchase the Campari DO NOT OPEN IT UP AND TAKE A SWIG TO SEE WHAT IT TASTES LIKE!!* 

Campari is VERY bitter, as I learned by doing exactly what I just warned you of above. I will warn you here. Wonderful in this cocktail… DISGUSTING on its own!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
  • 1 1/2 ounces Campari
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • Orange slice or twist for garnish

Directions

  1.  Pour the ingredients into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Garnish with an orange.
  4. CHEERS!!

What Exactly IS Guy Trash??

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So, this book was my mistletoe Mistletoe pick for my ‘The Perks of Being a Book Addict’ Reading Challenge on Goodreads.

I am actually going to skip a review this time though as I have being reviewing mediocre romance novels TO DEATH this month. This isn’t usually even my genre! (not that I don’t like a good Rom Com as much as the next girl I suppose….) I feel like I’ve made some “EH.”  kind of choices is some of my reading material this month because of the SHEER VOLUME I had to read and because of trying to cater them to my goals that I was trying to meet. I will rate this book and give you my favourite passage from the book that DID have me laughing. I paired my drink for this quote specifically.

2 out of 5 Stars

Okay, okay, think Gabrielle,” I said to myself as I put my hands on my hips and paced. She’s a single woman, so if we see guy trash it’s probably not her.”

“Guy trash?” Jess asked dubiously.

“You know, stuff that a guy has that a woman doesn’t.”

A penis?” Jess shook her head in bewilderment.

“Cam, what kind of stuff would a guy have that a woman probably wouldn’t?”

“Uh, Playboy, Penthouse, cigars, Scotch. Actually, if you find that stuff let me know. I think I want to hang out with that guy.”

“Well, what kind of stuff would a woman have that a guy wouldn’t?” I was getting desperate.

“Tampons!” Jess yelled and clapped her hands like she was on Family Feud.

“Will you be quiet?” I hissed. “The point is we can figure out within maybe five cans which one is hers. It looks like there’s an alley over there and there are street lights. I say we carry the cans back there and figure out which one it is.”

If this quote peaked your interest than feel free to check it out. It wasn’t terrible…there just wasn’t enough conflict to keep it interesting and there were some VERY stereo-typed characters that were almost caricatures.

The Law of Attraction is Best Served With

The Playboy Bunny Cocktail

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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add a healthy amount of ice and shake the drink.
  3. Coat the rim of a margarita glass with water and then crust it with sugar.
  4. Pour the drink into the glass
  5. CHEERS!!

 

A Sweet Drink for a Slightly Flat Read..

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2 out of 5 Stars

So, I have to come clean about something… I am an Austenite. A TOTAL Jane Austen Junkie. I have read more variations then I care to admit to… I really think that I need a 12 step program. So…

I was really excited when I read the synopsis of the book. Kay Ashton, a Jane Austen fan herself, inherits some money and buys a B&B in the picturesque town of Lyme to be close to the Cobb, the setting for her favourite scene in Persuasion. There just happens to be a cast in Lyme making a movie adaptation of that very same book who swoop in and take over the place.. including a very handsome ‘Captain Wentworth’!

Unfortunately, the characters and the romance fell flat.

Kay was too focused on the charming actor playing Captain Wentworth for her romance to be believable.

Gemma was too busy worrying about her acting and her mother for many people to care about her romance.

Ollie was too much of a cad and a playboy for anyone to worry about him…

For a book that was only 373 pages it took WAY too long to get through it. I will admit, it wasn’t a bad book to pick up lying in bed too tired to focus on anything else. But, then again, there could have been other choices.

The Perfect Hero is Best Served With:

Hernder Winery Blueberry Iced Wine

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This iced wine is the perfect thing to sweeten up a somewhat flat read! Being Blueberry it isn’t overpoweringly sweet and it is fabulous chilled on its own, mixed with  a little club soda or sparling wine (go with prosecco if you REALLY have a sweet tooth!), or poured over a bowl of consoling ice cream!