The Burned Bridges of Ward, Nebraska – Eileen Curtright
Rebecca Meer, single mom and fertility clinic microbiologist is torn between giving into her less than wholesome urges and maintaining appearances, which is hard to do when constantly running into her unwelcome ex.
I give this one a 4/5 and thank whatever forces of nature made me change my mind as I nearly skipped this one. As I read the official plot synopsis (…We see just how far a stressed-out single parent will go to be the “perfect” mother.), I feared this would be one of those books that makes you feel like you’re not a real woman if you’re not a mother, you know the ones. Anyway, this was anything but. To be honest, I don’t feel like the official synopsis does anything for the book. I was delighted to find that in addition to motherhood, the protagonist had a life somewhat all over the place, giving readers more to potentially relate to.
Rebecca (Becky) may not be the sort of woman everyone is dying to befriend. This wine-drinking scientist with a tendency to be rash often finds herself in stupid situations that will make you want to slap her and tell her to use her brain. (You would think a scientist would be smarter.) Regardless, you can’t help but root for her.
Whether she was taking on authority or trying to come up with the perfect story for a quick exit, I was quickly turning the page hoping for her success. In the end, most of those annoying moments that make you full-on eyeroll and wonder what she could possibly be thinking are the very same things that make her human, the things that remind of that one girl friend, the one that worries you.
This was a breeze of a read. It was smart, witty, and a solid depiction of modern, small-town life.
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