Book Review

‘Better Off Without Him’ by Dee Ernst

BOWH DESTORY: Mona Berman is an expert at Happily Ever After – after all, she’s a best-selling Romance writer and happy endings are what she does best. So when her husband of twenty years leaves her for somebody 15 years younger, 30 pounds lighter, and French, she’s got a lot of adjusting to do, both personally and professionally.

Lucky for her she’s got three savvy teen daughters, a few good friends, and Ben, the world’s sexiest plumber, to help her along the way. First she decides that her next book will be the anti-romance – her heroine finds the best part of her life AFTER getting dumped. Next her daughters tell her she needs to start practice dating, and summer at the Jersey shore is the perfect place for that.

She’s also juggling her soon-to-be-ex, a loony aunt, and a match-making neighbor, while Ben is sending her romance-driven imagination into overdrive. Can Mona’s life imitate art? Can she write her own happy ending?(

REVIEW: Mona (Quincy) Berman is a wife, mother and very successful romance novelist who writes under the name, Maura VanWhalen.  After a typical morning of herding her three young teenage daughters off to school, her husband, Brian, returns home to tell her that he is leaving her for Dominique, his assistant.  Completely dumbfounded, Mona calls a couple of her good friends to console her and soon the word has spread throughout the family.

Trying to pull herself out of her pity-party, Mona realizes how strong she truly is and how Brian has literally never participated in keeping the house going and in raising the girls.  She gets back into her writing as she has a book due soon and decides to change the theme of the book from a romance to one that somewhat mirrors her current situation.  Knowing this theme will be a challenge, she really works hard to get the book written.

Ah, but her lack of sex is starting to drive her nuts so she decides to find a “practice buddy” to help her through this “dry period.”  The guys she meets are all great characters and the one she ends up with is a “truly meant to be.”

I cannot tell you the number of times I was nearly rolling in the floor with laughter reading this book.  Funny, Funny, Funny!!  You have to read it and since Mona is an author, I think even romance authors would love it, especially with the discussions of the life of an author.  This is a really terrific novel!!

*Connie for b2b.

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