Twenty-two year old Roxie Golightly is a fun and carefree spirit…until she marries a wealthy man and her role as a trophy wife leaves her isolated in a condo with an ironing board and an obsessive desire to impress people.
When her marriage ends after seven years, Roxie’s identity is buried under layers of furniture polish and piles of designer shoes. She doubts she can ever be the person she once was.
But when Roxie’s charmed life is turned upside down, her best-friend creates The Good Life List to help turn it back around. The instructions are simple: Complete each task on the Good Life List by the end of the summer.
With list in hand and the help of a sexy and charismatic guy from her past, Roxie is only a few check marks away from living the good life, even if it means getting thrown out of a bar or skinny-dipping in the neighbor’s pool at 3am.
4 VERY LOVELY AND REFRESHING STARS!!! The Good Life was one of those books that I liked more and more the more I read. It was a very delightful break from the very intense reads I have been on lately. Even though it was quite a bit lighter than my last few reads, it evoked many emotions that had me hooked.
Roxie is a planner. Everything in her life must be planned out. But while she was planning everything out, her husband blinded sided her with his want for a divorce. This ruins all of her plans. Without the financial means of her previous status of “Trophy Wife,” she is forced to move back home and try to make something of herself.
That is easier said than done. She left everything in her old life behind when she got married. As a parting gift, her best friend creates a “Good Life List” to help her learn to move on and live her life to the fullness. Roxie never expects for this list and her move back home to change everything she thought she knew.
Part of her return home meant facing people in her past. There was one guy that she just couldn’t avoid. And, oh, how I loved him! He was “ineffable.” :) And as much as Roxie tries to deny their intense connection, she just can’t. I could go on and on about this guy but I won’t say any more because I think you’ll want to fall in love with him on your own.
Roxie started out a bit superficial for me, and I was worried that I just wasn’t going to like her. But, quickly after she moved home, I saw that the real her was sweet and feisty and completely vulnerable. I was rooting for her to find happiness with herself and not feel the need to impress others.
I can’t tell you how many times I laughed while reading this one. I absolutely related with Roxie. It was so nice to read about grown woman problems. I’m not bashing high school and college stories by any means. In fact, that is what I read mostly. I’m just saying this was a refreshing change of pace.
The Good Life was a completely original story about not only finding one’s self but learning to love one’s self. Roxie’s journey, while comical at times, was very real. I absolutely enjoyed this one and would definitely recommend it.
Up for grabs are two e-book copies (open internationally) of The Good Life and the grand prize winner will receive a signed paperback copy (US only) of The Good Life.
Jodie has been writing fiction since she was a child and it was only natural she would pursue it as a career. While studying at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, she took every writing class offered before she received a BA in Media Arts. After graduation she moved to Wilmington, NC, with big dreams of one day writing for movies and TV.
Then she met a boy…and there was a wedding. A few years later came another boy, this one even cuter. She gave up her “pipe dream” of being a Hollywood screenwriter and moved back to Detroit to be a wife, mom and career waitress. But babies sleep a lot and she got bored and it was either write or clean the house. So she wrote.
She began with a pregnancy/mom blog (http://underthebigmac.blogspot.com/), but she dreamed of doing more with her writing than making people laugh with stories of baby poop. So she decided to take a chance, to see if success wasn’t just a pipe dream. The Good Life is her first novel.