About the book
On her fortieth birthday housewife Wanda Jo Ashton is expecting her husband's standard gift of an E and E from T-that being Elegant and Expensive from Tiffany's. However, what she gets is the news that her formerly successful, dependable corporate attorney husband is leaving her to pursue the rich life of a kept man. Left with nothing she has no choice but to escape the
San Francisco area,
with her sixteen-year-old daughter in tow and head toward the mountains of and the
quirky family she left behind twenty years ago. Here Wanda Jo must carve out a
future, complete with career and home in the midst of family feuds, computer
phobias and the occasional homebrewing explosion before she finally figures out
life can indeed being again at forty. West Virginia
Read an excerpt
No sooner had I placed my half-empty mug on the counter than I heard a distantly familiar hissing sound. But before I could remember when I’d last heard it there was the unmistakable groan of old wood followed by an explosion loud enough to rival cannon fire and then the sound of splintering wood.
Olivia looked at me, eyes wide with shock. I looked at Sam. We both looked at Nettie, who sat with her eyes wide and one hand over her mouth. “Oops,” she squeeked.
Mama just sighed and kept washing dishes.
Sam and I hurried to the front door. He got there first and shoved it open with one massive shoulder. I stared out in stunned disbelief. The right side of the porch had been reduced to a pile of splintered boards, sprinkled here and there with, broken glass. One of the posts and collapsed and the other dangled from its gingerbread trim.
The usually fresh morning air reeked of fermenting apples.
“A tad too much yeast.” Nettie tsked from somewhere near my elbow, before turning to toddle back toward the kitchen lost in thought.
Well, it was official. We were home and had just survived another of Aunt Nettie’s homebrewing explosions.
And I thought
Where do I start. Poor Wanda Jo leaves her home town with plans for a better life. Taking with her a self help book called 'Marrying Up' that she plans will change her life. 'Marrying Up' paves the way out of the home town and a better life for awhile.
After being married for 20 years in what she thinks is the perfect marriage to the perfect man. Poor Wanda Jo . . . that is now going by Ashton's world is turned upside down when her husband of 20 years leave her for another woman. A woman that is his senior by 15 or more years! Not only does he leave her; he tells the world on national television.
O.K. so he's a bit of a jerk. O.K. so he thinks he's getting back at her because of the whole 'Marrying Up' scheme.
But 'Hello' the two have a 16 year old daughter!
Wanda Jo aka Ashton and their daughter returns to her home town almost penniless.
Hello again. What a jerk. It was hard for me to get past all the jerkiness. Man she should have been happy to be rid of him!
Ashton's return home is anything but simple. She returns to
a quirky family and a bit of romance.
Relatively Crazy is a crazy ride that keeps the reader turning the pages all the way to the end.
I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more!
I received a complimentary copy.
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