And One Last Thing
By Pamela Denise
Jul 26, 2011 - 5:03:44 PM

House wife Lacey Terwilliger had what on the surface, appeared to be the life of a happily married woman in suburbia. When she gets a flower delivery from her husband, Mike, which she later finds out was meant for his mistress, she is shocked. Instead of falling to pieces Lacey decides to get even with her cheating spouse by spilling the details in his company’s newsletter. However, this public outing only serves to make her look like the bad person, and on top of that, she is slapped with a lawsuit by Mike for defamation of character.

Fed up with being the talk of the town and everything else, Lacey heads out to the family’s old cabin to try to get some time alone to cope with the situation. Lacey isn’t the only tenant by the lake though. Reclusive author Lefty Monroe has taken up residence to avoid women and pen his latest crime novel. The last thing he needs is a newly divorced, simpering woman next door to him even if she is attractive. It turns out this particular woman doesn’t cower at his gruffness and holds her own in an argument.

After a few initial bad starts, Monroe and Lacey begin to realize they actually enjoy each other’s company and a relaxed friendship forms. As they spend more time together, sparks of an altogether different kind begin to take place. This proves to throw up a stumbling block for Lacey, no matter how pleasurable her time with Monroe is. She has just started to find herself again and find closure from the life she used to have. Now she will have to decide if moving on means having Monroe at her side in a more permanent commitment, or if it’s best that she steer clear of any solid attachments for awhile.

Molly Harper’s ONE LAST THING should be on the shelf of every woman who’s ever had a louse of a spouse or significant other. The main character, Lacey, is a likable believable character who readers can sympathize with. Yet, she is not the type to wallow in her misfortune and feel sorry for herself. I thought her actions were commendable and loved her journey of self rediscovery. The thing that caught my attention most about this novel – aside from the hunky Hugh Jackman look-alike hero – was Ms. Harper’s ability to add lightness to a somewhat heavy topic line. The witty dialogue, humorous undertones, and budding romance were very much enjoyed. I hope that Ms. Harper delves into chick lit again.

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