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A big thank you to Valentine PR & Literary Management for sending me an early review copy of this new romantic comedy from Tracy Wolff & Avery Flynn!
Back in the Burbs had me laughing so hard through out the entire book! I adore the way Wolff and Flynn put together irresistible comedies that incorporate so many inner dialogue moments with characters thinking things I’ve actually thought or would think in those situations. Their combination of feisty, independent female characters with men who love to care for their women is a fantastic combination and one I re-visit regularly with these two ladies! Like this scene about the tall grass. Mallory is fighting with her nosey neighbor who keeps harping no her about getting the grass mowed down and she’s had enough of his belittling her about it!
To give a quick overview, this book is about Mallory. A woman who just found out her husband is cheating on her and she wants a divorce. But her parents come from one of those wealthy elite groups that doesn’t look positively on divorces and is continuously trying to convince Mallory that she isn’t anything without her husband and she just needs to forgive him. BUT, Mallory’s aunt Maggie recently passed away and left her dilapidated house in Mallory’s care and this is one of those moments where something she never expected, gives her everything she needs to stand up for herself and live life the way she wants to, And she does!
But her adventure is not without some serious trials and a whole lot of self reflection. But thankfully she’s moving into the suburbs where everyone will be watching what she’s doing and privacy becomes a thing of the past where her very handsome neighbor wants to help her fix the house and bring some happiness into her life. But boy oh boy is it a rough ride for these two hard headed individuals!
An amazing cast of characters and an even more important underlying theme that it’s OK to let people care about you and care for you. Don’t be a doormat, be yourself and if someone doesn’t like who you are, that’s OK too. Wolff and Flynn remind us that we should surround ourselves with people that we care about and those that care about us and that it;s alright to be a little quirky! Even if that means decorating your yard in flamingos!
With so much to love about this story, there’s no reason I wouldn’t recommend it, but I will tell you that one of the more powerful moments in this book was when Mallory finally starts to stand up for herself and begins letting her emotions out. Resulting in telling off a lot of people in her life that she’s held back on out of respect for who they are in her life. But if you’ve ever been pushed around by people throughout your life, you know how important that moment is when you finally tell them where they can shove it and the way that feels afterwards. How much lighter your shoulders and chest feel after letting it all hang loose.
Available March 30th everywhere and I highly recommend this one if you’re in the mood for:
- Comedic Relief
- Divorcee Romance
- Motivational Inspiration
- Amazing One-Liners
- Klutzy Leading Female
- Sexy neighbor with too many rules
- Telling Off Your Stuck Up Parents
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Back in the Burbs by Avery Flynn & Tracy Wolff is now live!
Ever have one of those days where life just plain sucks? Welcome to my last three months–ever since I caught my can’t-be-soon-enough ex-husband cheating with his paralegal. I’m thirty-five years old, and I’ve lost my NYC apartment, my job, my money, and frankly, my dignity.
But the final heartache in the suck sandwich of my life? My great-aunt Maggie died. The only family member who’s ever gotten me.
Even after death, though, she’s helping me get back up. She’s willed me the keys to a house in the burbs, of all places, and dared me to grab life by the family jewels. Well, I’ve got the vise grips already in hand (my ex should take note) and I’m ready to fight for my life again.
Too bad that bravado only lasts as long as it takes to drive into Huckleberry Hills. And see the house.
There are forty-seven separate HOA violations, and I feel them all in my bones. Honestly, I’m surprised no one’s “accidentally” torched the house yet. I want to, and I’ve only been standing in front of it for five minutes. But then my hot, grumpy neighbor tells me to mow the lawn first and I’m just…done. Done with men too sexy for their own good and done with anyone telling me what to do.
First rule of surviving the burbs? There is nothing that YouTube and a glass of wine can’t conquer.
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