on March 28, 2012 :
Such Is Life follows Melissa Jones as she visits the small town in Pennsylvania where she grew up. Homecomings can often be bittersweet. Melissa’s heart remains in the country, but living and working in New York City for several years has certainly given her a whole new way of looking at her roots.
Poor Melissa, though. This is no ordinary visit “back home.” If only. Nope, Melissa will be attending the wedding of an ex-boyfriend, while another ex stands as best man. The next day is Melissa’s ten-year high school reunion, where she will most likely be seeing yet another ex. The icing on the cake, pun intended (cake features big in the story), is that Melissa’s date for the weekend has canceled, leaving her to face all of this stag. It’s the stuff nightmares are made of.
Melissa has a male assistant, Brett, who Melissa tries to keep a professional relationship with, despite how hot he is. When Brett surprises Melissa by inviting himself along on this trip to “be her boyfriend” for the weekend, you just know the next few days are going to be a comedy of errors.
Walker doesn’t disappoint. Melissa bounces back and forth between encounters with her exes, Brett, and a few women who are, well, less than ladylike, at the weekend’s events.
And her family, don’t forget the family. There are some real peaches in Melissa’s family tree. I wouldn’t mind lobbing a few back at Mom and a certain sister-in-law.
I felt like giving Melissa a few shakes herself, as she agonizes over which man to hitch her wagon to. I was rooting for one young man in particular, but Walker doesn’t show her hand too soon. Instead, she carries the reader along with Melissa as she runs through the pros and cons of each fella. To her credit, Melissa eliminates the married ones. Well, at least the one whose marriage is only one day old.
You have to read all the way to the end to see who Melissa chooses. All I’ll tell you is, it’s not the one I wanted her to take up with.
Such Is Life is the first in a three-book series. It will be interesting to see where Melissa’s life goes with the man she chooses. Will she stay with him? Are her longings and doubts about the others really resolved? Most importantly, will sweet, funny, and sassy Melissa finally find the happiness she craves and deserves? I’m tapping my foot impatiently for book number two.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)