Alex Halstad, a childless-by-choice interior designer and dog mom, is a true perfectionist. But her orderly life turns chaotic when the teenage daughter her husband, Barry, never knew he had shows up on their doorstep…with a baby girl of her own in tow. While Alex’s dog enthusiastically welcomes the new arrivals, Alex struggles with the loss of her steady routine. She desperately needs peace and quiet to get her business back on track before Barry finds out she’s spent most of their savings. Meanwhile, the arrival of the girls stirs up old insecurities, and Alex can’t help but worry that Barry’s ex will make an entrance too. With her tidy life a distant memory, will Alex be able to learn from her dog the true meaning of love and acceptance?
From bestselling author Jackie Bouchard comes a humorous and heartwarming look at how life creates opportunities to love in surprising ways.
I have to say, the first sentence in this book is a real attention grabber. I really was not sure what to expect, I thought this should be an interesting read. And I was right, it was interesting and heartwarming and funny and sad. It was a very good book and held my attention from the first sentence until the end.
The characters are well developed and well rounded. Alex appears to be a very put-together interior designer who has her life under control. But reality is that she is a struggling business owner who has made some financial mistakes along the way. She also knows that she does not want children (and her husband, Barry, agrees) but feels like a freak because of this decision. Even her own mother and sister do not understand how she could feel this way. Although she is happy with her life with her husband and dog, with her fancy house and with her life as a family of three, others make her feel different and wrong. Her husband feels the same way about being childless but he does not have the added pressure of others lecturing about being childless. But all of this changes when a daughter that Barry did not know he had shows up on their doorstep, grandchild in hand. Boy, do they change.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in storytelling and eliciting emotions in the readers. At times I was laughing out loud (so many of Alex’s thoughts are hysterical and very realistic), at other times I had tears in my eyes, and a few times my jaw dropped open at what I was reading. I think it takes a special author to be able to create a book that allows a reader to go through all of these emotions while reading.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an emotional humorous women’s book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I will definitely read more by this author. Check out House Trained and enjoy.
I received a free copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book.