Monday, 17 February 2014

Review: The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson

A heartfelt, funny, and all-together human novel about the best mistakes a person can make

   Jonathan and Rosie have been together so long they finish each other’s sentences—so when he (finally) proposes and asks her to move across the country with him, everyone is happily surprised.
   But when things suddenly unravel, Rosie sends Jonathan packing and moves back home with Soapie, the irascible, opinionated grandmother who raised her. Only now she has to figure out how to fire Soapie’s very unsuitable caregiver, a gardener named Tony who lets her drink martinis, smoke, and cheat at Scrabble.
It’s a temporary break, of course—until Rosie realizes she’s accidentally pregnant at 44, completely unequipped for motherhood, and worse, may be falling in love with the sentimental, troubled Tony, whose life is even more muddled than hers.
   It’s not until Rosie learns the truth about her mother’s tragic story that she wonders if sometimes you have to let go of your fears, trusting that the big-hearted, messy life that awaits you may just be the one you were meant to live.

Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: March 11th 2014 by Broadway Books
Terri's Thoughts:

I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This was a story of what happens when certain life events occur on an life plan that has already been mapped out.  What results is emotional, heartwarming and comedic mixed in with a wonderfully eclectic cast of characters.

I must admit that I was not a fan of Jonathan from the get go however I do believe this may have been by design.  Putting him aside there were plenty of characters to invest in and enjoy.  From the eccentric Soapie who cracked me up, the supportive George and the cute Milo.  Most of all there was Rosie and Tony.  I felt that I could identify with Rosie from beginning despite the fact that I am (ahhum) much younger than her character.  Her journey had me invested from the first to the last page.

I must dedicated a paragraph alone to Tony.  I do not think anyone reading this book could not help falling in live with him.  From his misuse of words to the his outlook on life he was the perfect man in my opinion.  In fact if you were to measure him up to reality I do not think there would be many men who could come close to measuring up.  His love for his son and his outlook on the wonders of pregnancy were some of the highlights of the story.  I could not get enough of him!

At the end of the day this is a story about taking new directions, embracing the unexpected and realizing that life has more planned for you than you thought.  Along the way there is enough drama, laughter and emotional roadblocks to keep you entertained.

I would definitely recommend this book.  Dawson was an author who was unfamiliar to me however I will be sure to check out her other works.

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1 comment:

  1. This books sounds brilliant!

    I love these kind of novels. It sounds like it is kind of like chick lit but so much better!

    Great review! :)