Writer/Blogger Carolyn Clarke reached out to me about her new novel – deemed a “coming of middle-age dramedy”. It centers on Allie and her family and the changes that occur when her father-in-law dies and her mother-in-law comes to stay. Never on good terms with her mother-in-law, having her under the same roof, while Allie deals with perimenopause, a husband who has an attractive and very friendly co-worker, and two teenagers, is about enough to drive Allie over the edge.
Here’s the scoop:
Published by: Black Rose Writing
Release Date: July 21, 2022
Book/e-book available: Black Rose Writing and most online book retailers
Author Website: www.henlitcentral.com
And Then There’s Margaret touches on some of the all-too-relatable aspects of middle-age life mixed in with marriage and controlling mother-in-laws. In this women’s fiction comedy drama, Allison Montgomery finds her life turned upside down when her husband’s mother “temporarily” moves in and wreaks havoc on her peace. She discovers that the only way to survive the angst of family is to let go….and let be.
This was a fast and fun read to me, at times laugh-out-loud funny. And I really liked the ending, because honestly, until then, the more I read of the book, the less I liked Allie. She was incredibly self-centered and self-serving. And while I know that Margaret way overstepped some (all) boundaries, Allie seemed more like a 25 year old to me than a 45 year old. I kept hoping that she’d grow up a bit and think of someone other than herself. She was hilarious though.
Overall, this was a light-hearted and easy to relate to story. I could see it as a sitcom! Thank you for my copy!!
Here’s a cute video for an overview:
Thanks so much for reaching out and letting me read and share your novel!