Jules, Brooke and Lexi grew up with a mother who became hard to love. When she dies, she leaves instruction that they will inherit a secret fortune – to the tune of thirty-seven million dollars – if they fulfil her conditions. Dog walker Jules has to write a book, school teacher Brooke has to leave her no-hoper boyfriend and run a half-marathon, while tearaway Lexi has to get a proper job. The sisters, who haven’t been close for years, now have to rely on one another to achieve their goals. With an intriguing concept, a fantastic band of characters and plenty of humour, this was a thoroughly entertaining read.
After 20 years of marriage, Charlotte Crawford’s husband drops a bombshell – he doesn’t want to be married to her any longer. There isn’t another woman; he is just done being married to her. Faced with starting her life over at the age of 42, Charlotte begins to navigate the dating world and all that entails (read: losers). I had high hopes for this novel, but was relieved to be finally done with it by the end. I found the characters to be superficial and unlikable and the plot to be lacking any substance at all. It reminded me more of the first draft of a novel rather than the finished product, before the author goes back and adds in all of the depth and plot. (LEK)