Title: One Last Thing…
Author: Molly Harper
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
“-If Singletree’s only florist didn’t deliver her posies half-drunk, I might still be married to that floor-licking, scum-sucking, receptionist-nailing hack-accountant, Mike Terwilliger.-
Lacey Terwilliger’s shock and humiliation over her husband’s philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike’s company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike’s family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend," Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town, a media punch line, and the defendant in Mike’s defamation lawsuit.
Her seemingly perfect life up in flames, Lacey retreats to her family’s lakeside cabin, only to encounter an aggravating neighbor named Monroe. A hunky crime novelist with a low tolerance for drama, Monroe is not thrilled about a newly divorced woman moving in next door. But with time, beer, and a screen door to the nose, a cautious friendship develops into something infinitely more satisfying.
Lacey has to make a decision about her long-term living arrangements, though. Should she take a job writing caustic divorce newsletters for paying clients, or move on with her own life, pursuing more literary aspirations? Can she find happiness with a man who tells her what he thinks and not what she wants to hear? And will she ever be able to resist saying one . . . last . . . thing?”
When Lacey received flowers from her husband saying Happy Anniversary couple of months earlier than their actual date and he dedicates the card to BumbleBee, she realizes something is very wrong.
Lacey decides to go to his office to talk to him. She’s getting ready to get out of her car when she sees her husband through the office window going to his secretary’s desk. With what she sees, she learns the secretary it’s “doing” an extra job…
Now her suspicion is confirmed, her husband is cheating on her with his secretary. She starts to think back, and realizes there were many signs she didn’t see or didn’t want to see.
She has dedicated her life to her husband. After marrying she left her career behind to be the perfect wife. And now, she needs to plan her next step.
When her husband reminds her to write the monthly newsletter for his company, she takes this as an opportunity to let everybody know what kind of a scumbag her husband really is. She writes the wickedest, funniest email ever, telling all their friends, business associates and family members in detail, why she is leaving her cheater husband.
There is a big scandal as a reaction to her email. The pressure is so much that she needs to leave the town. She needs to let things cool down while her divorce is in process. She goes to her lakeside cabin to almost hide from society. Now she is alone in the middle of nowhere, licking her wounds and analyzing her life. During her stay at the cabin she meets a writer name “Lefty” Monroe, who is renting the cabin next door. He will be play an important part; helping her to find herself.
And One Last Thing... is a very funny chick-lit read. Lacey goes through what many women in really life have to go trough. It’s a story of personal growth. Lacey’s life was center around her husband. She had put herself in a second place never thinking what she really wanted, and now when her world came down in pieces she needs to discover whom she really is, what she really wants and a very important lesson she needs to learn is that she needs to learn to forgive.
I love Lacey's character; it was very easy to connect with her. Mrs. Harper writing makes Lacey feel very real, she could have been your neighbor, your friend, your sister. I liked how she came to her senses and took the high road.
Monroe was a nice surprise. He was what Lacey needed it. And looking like Hugh Jackman, what any woman will need. I liked that the romance was not rushed. But Monroe’s reactions to certain things were a bit too much for me.
I loved Lacey’s brother Emmett; he brought extra spiciness and color to the book.
My Final Though: I really enjoyed And One Last Thing. It was a funny and entertaining read. Also it’s a book I would like to share with friends that had gone through similar situations as the one portrayed in it.
I didn’t like the reaction the email and the whole situation had. I thought people would be more supporting of Lacey, at least some people, but not even her father supported her. I really hated that part.
Mrs. Harper writes another hit novel, with a great balance of wittiness and romance. If you want a light, funny read, don’t think it twice and pick this book.
My Verdict: 4 Paws
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