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Better Off Without Him

Better Off Without Him

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by Dee Ernst

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Mona Berman has it all—a twenty-year marriage, a successful career as a romance novelist, and three teenage daughters. But when her husband, Brian, leaves her for someone younger, thinner, blonde, and French, she has to step back and take a good, long look at her life.

First, her career. She can’t continue to write about “Happily Ever


Mona Berman has it all—a twenty-year marriage, a successful career as a romance novelist, and three teenage daughters. But when her husband, Brian, leaves her for someone younger, thinner, blonde, and French, she has to step back and take a good, long look at her life.

First, her career. She can’t continue to write about “Happily Ever After,” so she changes the heroine of her new book from a hot young thing to a forty-something woman who manages to find happiness without a man. Her agent isn’t too happy—the heroine is how old? She doesn’t get the guy in the end? How is that even possible?

But Mona is tough, and she’s got Anthony, her personal assistant, and a few good friends to cheer her on and keep the stiff martinis flowing. And Ben. Ben is her plumber, but not your average plumber. He’s smart enough to know that Brian was never good enough for her, and sexy enough to be cast as the romantic lead in quite a few of her books. The sound of his voice alone can send her imagination into full romantic overdrive.

Then she meets Mitch, who might be just the guy for her. And there’s still Ben, who’s managed to come to her rescue more than once. But—there’s a book to publish, a soon-to-be-ex-husband to deal with, and what has Aunt Lily done this time?

Can Mona work this all out? Can life imitate art, and can Mona write her own happy ending?

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Montlake Romance
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Meet the Author

Dee Ernst was born in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up in Morristown. She attended Marshall University, where she majored in journalism. Several years, career changes, and a few daughters later, she was listening to the Joan Hamburg Show, where a guest made the suggestion that if you want to be happy, you should go back to what you were doing when you were ten and try to make it a career. Since Dee was writing stories when she was ten, she decided to give writing another go. After three novels and many rejection letters, she self-published Better Off Without Him. Her next book, A Different Kind of Forever, was released in April of 2012. In the spring of 2013, she signed with Montlake Publishing, which re-released Better Off Without Him and launched her third title, A Slight Change of Plan, that fall. Though Dee finds a lot in common with all her heroines, she is happily married and living in New Jersey.

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Better Off Without Him (Romantic Comedy) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Throughly enjoyed, Funny excellent girlygirl read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and i really hope Dee Ernst writes some more books soon. I felt like i could relate to Mona and her family and friends.
Ebookafterebook More than 1 year ago
This book is a piece of art,I really enjoyed reading it.
JGum More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. It’s a happy read and a storybook endingand sometimes I need that escape into fantasy. Dee has great writing skills and deftly developed her characters. I particularly enjoyed the relationship between mother and daughters and who wouldn’t love a crazy Aunt Lily in their life?  It is pat, for sure, with the ending all tied up in pretty ribbon. And we all need that, right? I only withheld the fifth star for a) the typos and formatting issues for Kindle. I know it’s the plague of the self-published but it’s a personal issue for me and b) a political viewpoint that I personally feel has no place in fiction. Bill O’Reilly is an idiot? I would feel the same if Dee had said Rachel Madow is an idiot. I care not what the author’s political viewpoint is… this is a work of fiction and said viewpoint had nothing to do with the character’s personality  nor did it add a thing. Overall, I would recommend. I liked it very much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, pretty well written and the reader can get to know the main character. There were lots of typos and at least one egregious error when the breed of dog known as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was referred to as the King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. But, for the most part, it was enjoyable and I recommend it as a light, humorous read.
TheElizabethP More than 1 year ago
Dee, Girl you inspire me. I love your heart and your courage. Me to girlfriend, Me too. Keep writing, we are waiting.
The_Paperback_Pursuer More than 1 year ago
Description: Mona Berman is a best-selling romance novelist, the mother of three teenage girls, and a dedicated wife. She has a great job, has penned twenty-seven romances, and is optimistic about her family's future. Until that is, her husband, Brian, decides to pack his bags, file for divorce, and leave her for a skinny, French twenty-something. Faced with the biggest shock of her life, Mona must recover by finding herself before everything swirls down the drain. Can Mona be the woman she was without Brian? Are the romances in her books truly fiction? Is love still an option? With help from her romance savvy daughters, her best friend, a crazy aunt, a matchmaking neighbor, and a plumber "too sexy for his"... everything, she may still have a chance at "happily ever after"! Review: This book is definitely one of the better romantic comedies I have come across lately. I love characters with real personalities, real flaws, and the ability to overcome whatever gets thrown at them, and that is what I see in Mona Berman - as well as in her cohorts. Mona is hit with news that would floor any woman, but that doesn't stop her from making the most of a bad situation. Dee Ernst's characters are genuinely fun to read about; it feels like they live next door, and I wish they did! The story-line isn't your typical "chick-lit" romance, as a matter of fact, I thought the premise of a newly divorced mother of three finding herself and loving again was refreshing; especially since Mona was looked to as an authority on love, and her own happy ending, (with Brian), failed. I also appreciated that I didn't really know who Mona was going to end up with. The book had a mild predictability, not enough to displeasure readers, and the dialogue was smart, funny, and encouraging. Readers will have no problem falling in love with the characters, particularly Mona's crazy aunt and three daughters - I hope that they make appearances in Dee Ernst's future novels. Recommended for lovers of the chick-lit genre, as well as those looking for an example of how to be 'Better Without Him...' Rating: On the Run (4/5) * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
This is a really cute, witty tale about Mona Berman finding life after being cast aside by her husband of twenty years. I enjoy a strong female lead, and Ernst does not disappoint in her character, Mona, whose quirky ways and strong sense of self worth make her triumph over her disastrous break up. I loved that Mona didn’t stop living, but instead began, dating, writing a new type of novel, and ultimately finding herself throughout the course of the story, and I highly enjoyed it. I absolutely adored that Mona was a writer. I’m always interested in books where the main character writes, I think mainly because the author is describing their own job, and it just intrigues me. Ernst is a writer writing a writer, as it were, and I really get a kick out of authors that do this, especially when they do it well, as Ernst does. I loved the writing style as well. It reads very smoothly, almost like a conversation with a friend instead of a novel. Ernst doesn’t just tell a story, but she connects with her readers and shows the story as well, making it an overall great read that I highly recommend. Funny and engaging, Ernst has produced a gem of a story.
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Reviewed by Stephanie D. for Readers Favorite "Better Off Without Him" by Dee Ernst is modern romantic comedy at its best. Heroine Mona Berman is a very successful author whose forte is the historical romance novel. Throughout the book she slips into the author mode to translate a scene that is actually happening into a flowery passage in one of her books. It is the witty hallmark of this story. Mona, who specialises in happy endings, suddenly finds herself facing a bleak one. Her husband suddenly announces that he wants a divorce because he has met Dominique, whom no one can believe to be real at first, not with a name like that. Thanks to the support of her three daughters and strong friends, Mona rebuilds her life and finds happiness in her grasp again. This is such a well-written book. The characters are believable though, in a few cases, very eccentric such as multiple divorcee Patricia and Aunt Lily. Brian, the selfish, self-absorbed husband, is the only unpleasant person to appear. You do slightly wonder what Mona ever saw in him, but not to the extent of spoiling the story. There is plenty of action and witty dialogue, and life for strong, courageous Mona is never dull. And the ending? Well, as Mona says about her own books, the only possible conclusions are that either the girl gets her guy or she doesn¿t. Mona gets what she deserves in this story. It is inspiring escapism that will make you smile.
alpallamagirl More than 1 year ago
This is a very enjoyable book from start to finish. The characters are rounded and very believeable, even the eccentric ones like Aunt Lily and Patricia. Mona is a courageous heroine who copes with her husband's desertion and three demanding teenage daughters brilliantly. It's a fun story, very well constructed and truly inspiring escapism.
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dora carnevali More than 1 year ago
Very funny! I might even re-read this book and I never re-read anything!
FiveAlarmBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Mona Berman has been happily married for twenty years, mother of three teenage daughters, and a best selling romance writer. Seemingly everything is pretty good, until Mona gets the shock of her life when her husband Brian announces that he is leaving her for another woman. A younger, thinner, french woman. Mona is surrounded by quite a cast of characters. Her Aunt Lily who is teetering on the edge of crazy moves in just as Mona's life starts to unravel, her plumber, Ben, is keeping her thoughts of romance alive, martini mixing Patricia plays the supportive friend, and neighbor, MarshaMarsha plays match-maker. Better Off Without Him was slow and predictable at times, but after getting into the story and characters I found that Dee Ernst has written a fun and comical read. I had a lot of fun watching Mona's daughters get her back on the dating scene and I was not sure who Mona would end up with. I would recommend this book to chic lit fans and woman who are in the mood for a little humor and adventure.
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LeslieSommers More than 1 year ago
I love love love this book. It's clever and witty and absolutely worth every penny I spent. The character of Mona is completely relatable; the men she dates are funny (and a little bit insane), the snippets of her romance novels are juicy, and I really wish that Ben was a real person. (When you read the book, you'll totally understand). I've made all my friends read Better Off Without Him and they think it's great too. I can promise you won't be disappointed with this story! I can't wait for the sequel!
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