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But life has a way of butting in, and Kate soon finds herself dealing with unexpected houseguests, helping her daughter plan the world’s smallest wedding, and sudden unemployment. Things get even more complicated with the reappearance of her old college love, Jake. He ...
But life has a way of butting in, and Kate soon finds herself dealing with unexpected houseguests, helping her daughter plan the world’s smallest wedding, and sudden unemployment. Things get even more complicated with the reappearance of her old college love, Jake. He realizes the mistake he made years ago in letting her go, and is eager to win her back.
Kate thinks that she and Jake can build something real, and that maybe her happy ending is in front of her at last. But the arrival of Edward, her daughter’s future father-in-law, presents Kate with an unexpected choice.
It looks like real happiness may require a slight change of plan.
Posted June 9, 2014
You may think ah…this is a book about a woman in her fifties, probably experiencing some mid-life crisis issues, etc but you can't be
more wrong. I'm in my thirties and I enjoyed this book immensely. I was smiling, laughing the whole time then frowning & near tears
at some more poignant parts. The story was just so engaging from the beginning to the end. I did wish there was an epilogue but I
also knew it would seem too soon. All the characters in this book were well thought of. You could see the love and support Kate's
family and friends had for each other. The interactions with the different characters gave me a lot of after thoughts as well. There were
quite a few heartfelt moments. Kate's story was interesting and with lots of depth.
It's my first book of Dee Ernst. I bought it based on some recommendations and I will definitely be checking other books of hers as well.
Posted November 28, 2013
From page one of this delicious contemporary romance, A Slight Change of Plan, I had a smile on my face. Such is the clever, witty and delightful prose of Dee Ernst.
Kate Everett has decided it's time to move on to 'the next phase' of her life. Time to explore the possibility of new love, downsize her home, attempt to downsize her responsibilities. However, nothing is ever as simple as it appears. Her estranged mother causes grief, an old flame tempts her to resurrect their steamy college relationship and a handsome, debonair Englishman invites unknown pleasures. In the midst of this, her independent adult children navigate new lives causing ripples of their own. Was life ever uncomplicated? Will it ever be?
Ernst's characters are always real and endearing. Throughout the engaging story, the witty repartee between characters will cause many laugh-out-loud moments. Yet, interestingly, despite the fun you will experience when you read fifty-five-year-old Kate's story of life and love, due to the impressive depth and many heartfelt poignant moments, you might also cry a little.
I loved it.
Once again, Dee Ernst has created a gem. The combination of her beautiful storytelling, her quick-witted humor and her believable, lovable characters delivered a quality and highly recommended read. Grab this one. Become a Dee Ernst fan.
Thank you NetGalley and Dee Ernst, for this ARC, in exchange for an honest review.
Posted November 19, 2013
A Slight Change of Plan is a wonderful story that I really enjoyed reading. The characters are fantastic. They made me laugh out loud, shake my head in annoyance, and want to join them all at Kate’s monthly spaghetti dinner.
I adored the main character, Kate. She is strong, matter of fact, and has a certain wisdom about her that only comes from learning from the past. She loves her family and her friends and even though she is scared she is willing to try new things in hopes of creating more happiness in her life. She rolls with the punches and handles them with grace and good sense. I guess what I am trying to say is she has gumption and I hope that I am as smart as she is when I am 55.
Dee Ernst has written a story that falls outside the normal standards for romance and it works beautifully. It is fun, funny, and full of heart. I loved that the characters had a maturity about them but at the same time still had flaws and things to work out in their life and in their character. She shows the complexity and the beauty of relationships, acceptance, and moving on while at the same time delivering a dose of realistic and sometimes cringe worth humor.
Highly recommend to adult readers that appreciate a smart and humorous viewpoint on life and getting older and aren’t offended by smoking pot, farts, or hot flashes.
Posted November 18, 2013
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My rating: 4.5 of 5 ¿¿
With her daughter preparing for her wedding and her youngest son getting ready to graduate from University, widow Kate Everett decides it is finally time for her to make some changes. First of all she wants to downsize. Everything. She gives up her job as a high profile tax lawyer, hoping to do something a little less time consuming, and she sells the big house her kids were raised in and buys a much smaller, but fabulous condo in a luxury townhouse complex. Kate has even, albeit reluctantly, signed up with an online dating site. It's time to move on with her life! Easy going from here on in.....
Of course, the ink hasn't dried on the contracts for the house, or her youngest announces he wants to move back home, and not just that, he is bringing his girlfriend, the one Kate knew nothing about until just then, with him. That wasn't the end of it, the perfect part time job she had lined up suddenly lost it's funding and no longer existed. Then there was the wave hello, on the dating website, from the man who crushed her heart thirty odd years ago.....the big-love-lost, who came right before the man she ended up marrying. That certainly had been nowhere in her plans......
And last, but in no way least, there is her mother, with whom she has not communicated in years, because the woman can carry a mean grudge, who after a nasty fall can no longer stay in her own house and needs someone to look after her. Yea......you guessed it, Kate has the space and the time, and even though mommy dearest does her best to boycott the hell out of the transition, she ends up in Kate's basement. So much for that peaceful 'empty nest' Kate had been dreaming about.
And naturally, with all of this unscheduled and unplanned activity swirling around in her newly chaotic life, her heretofore non-existing dating life suddenly becomes all kinds of active. There is a very nice, but slightly possessive gentleman she is able to get her feet wet with. Then we have her long lost love, Jake who is eager to make up for lost times and right past wrongs. And finally there is the new arrival Edward, her daughter' father-in-law to be, who has just flown in from the UK to attend their wedding.
And Kate thought her life was slowly emptying out.......she has more people now then she knows what to do with!!
Brilliantly entertaining story in which I can recognize aspects of my own life, but much, much more amusing!!!
A wonderful variety of characters, for whom we can probably find similar individuals in our own circles. Kate's interactions with her children reminds me of myself with mine in so many ways. The descriptions of her 'talks' with her mother....or rather dialogues, since her mother doesn't say much back, are hilarious and even some part of that dynamic is familiar.
I loved the matter of fact way and humour with which Kate deals with all the roadblocks thrown in her path. She could finally plan for her future at this point, but absolutely nothing goes how she thought it would; nothing comes to fruition. Most of the responding she does by instinct, used, as a mother, to reacting off the cuff when an unexpected situation presents itself. But it's more than that, she adapts and molds with grace, good nature and a smidgen of 'evil', while still trying to make the right choices for her this time around!!!
Dee Ernst shows great insight in issues of all ages, genders, preferences and mind sets and is able to display it all in a delightful way in her characters. This story was an absolute treat to read!!!
¿A vibrant, touching and witty account of the life that happens while you make other plans.¿
**ARC provided by NetGalley and Montlake Romance in return for an honest review.**