In this 2009 chick lit novel, we meet 36-year-old Prudence Whistler, who has begun to feel left out. As you may have guessed, or even experienced yourself, her friends are getting married and having babies one after another. Even her gay best friend is beginning to talk about marriage with his partner! Prudence’s irresponsible younger sister also jumps on the trend by becoming a single mother.
When Pru is finally dumped by her boyfriend of two years, she goes into a full-blown panic. She is afraid that she has lost her chance for good of having the traditional family that she’s always dreamed of. As Pru begins to make big changes in her life, she suddenly stumbles into something much better. She learns how to define the true meaning of family and happiness, one that will continue to support her so that she can achieve her dreams and possibly find true love along the way.
The good news is that most readers gave this book great reviews, praising the meaningful characters and the interesting storyline. Readers can especially relate to Pru and her sister, who are realistic women that show the hope and desperation we have all experienced. Yet some unhappy readers found the book “unrealistic”, especially when it comes to living as an unmarried woman in her 30s.