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Better Off Without Him: A Book Review

This weekend I finished the book Better Off Without Him by Dee Ernst.  Kaleena loaned me this book on Kindle….let me digress to say this is hands down THE BEST FEATURE on the Kindle!  Who else has a book for me to read?!?  The only annoying thing is I would like to know if I will be able to loan a book before I purchase it.

Ok, back to the topic at hand.  This book was pretty funny, several laugh out loud moments.  Here is the summary from Amazon.com:

Mona Berman is an expert at Happily Ever After – after all, she’s a best-selling Romance writer and happy endings are what she does best. So when her husband of twenty years leaves her for somebody 15 years younger, 20 pounds lighter, and French, she’s got a lot of adjusting to do, both personally and professionally. Lucky for her she’s got three savvy teen daughters, a few good friends, and Ben, the world’s sexiest plumber, to help her along the way.First she decides that her next book will be the anti-romance – her heroine finds the best part of her life AFTER getting dumped. Next her daughters tell her she needs to start practice dating, and summer at the Jersey shore is the perfect place for that. She’s also juggling her soon-to-be-ex, a loony aunt, and a match-making neighbor, while Ben is sending her romance-driven imagination into overdrive. Can Mona’s life imitate art? Can she write her own happy ending?
I would rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars, it is an easy read, very entertaining and you can relate to it BUT maybe the character is too developed.  There are breaks in the story where she “daydreams” about the plumber and the language flips over to romance novel speech.  Unlike the alter ego in 50 Shades of Grey, I wasn’t sold on this style and by the end of the book it was over done for me.  I love how Mona gets back on the horse after her divorce and it was priceless that her husband tries to come back, she really is better off without him.  This is a woman power book (and oh, how I do love these), Mona picks herself up (without doing anything crazy) and advances her career…very admirable! 
 
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June 12, 2012 - Posted by | regular

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