36-year-old Sophie Stanton aspires to be a good widow: composed, elegant, and graceful – Jackie Kennedy-style. But instead, she’s nose deep in ice cream and has been living in her bathrobe and bunny slippers.
Sophie wants to start over by moving to Oregon, where she ends up smack dab in the middle of a strange adventure with a 13-year-old pyromaniac and a handsome actor who has stirred up new feelings that Sophie may not be ready for.
It’s interesting to watch Sophie cope with becoming a widow at a young age, causing her to go almost out of her mind in shock and live recklessly and carelessly – by driving her car through her garage door, for example. After her big move, Sophie is finally forced to confront her personal tragedy, but the good news is that she still remains genuine, funny, and interesting at the same time.
Readers raved about this grief-inspired chick lit novel as the story of a likable woman facing a crisis and transforming herself right before your eyes. The few critics of the book found it to be an annoying romantic tale with a standard rags-to-riches story. Still, when it comes to healing wounds, readers agreed that laughter is the best medicine…