Jennifer Coburn's TALES FROM THE CRIB had me howling with laughter from start to finish. Packed with eccentric characters hardly a page flies by without bringing a grin to the reader's face. Ms Coburn has taken everyday events and added her own skewed twist to them, leaving this reviewer's ribs aching from laughter.
Lucy is a realistic, flawed character who is just trying to figure out what the heck has happened to her life. Nothing has turned out as she thought it would but that does not stop her from trying to be true to herself as well as being a good mother to her son. The emotions that Lucy feels throughout this story add another degree of warmth and realism to her character. This is the sort of heroine the reader can appreciate.
Secondary characters are numerous and lead the reader to wonder how Lucy has maintained her sanity. Two of the most notable would have to be: Anjoli, her mother, who directs off Broadway gay theater, and Kimmy, her cousin, who marries herself.
The real story lies not in the most humorous aspects but in the self-discovery of the main character. Not only does Lucy find and make peace with herself but, she and Jack rediscover each other. The beauty of their relationship lies not only in their reunion but, in the fact that after 14 years of marriage they uncover new aspects of the others character.
TALES FROM THE CRIB is a not to be missed book and this reviewer will be searching the bookshelves for more wonderful stories by Jennifer Coburn. This is one tale that more then earns Romance Junkies 5 blue ribbon rating.