Morrisey Hawthorne and her four-year-old son, Gareth, have a pretty good life. Then one day they meet Charlene Sudsbury, who is trying to move on from the suicide of her son, JP, three years before. Gareth is nearly the mirror image of JP, and Charlene connects instantly with him. Not quite so with Morrisey, who can't escape fast enough after Charlene shows her a picture of JP. Charlene is convinced Morrisey is hiding something and sets out in search of the truth.
Despite the circumstances, the two women form an unusual bond and end up with a lot more than they bargained for. But when an old friend of JP's resurfaces, he challenges the fragile trust Morrisey and Charlene have been building.
Can these two women overcome the obstacles that separate them from the happiness they seek?
(This is a second edition. This edition has substantial changes compared with the 2008 edition.)
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Morrisey Hawthorne has a secret that she's never shared, even with her family. Her four year old son Gareth is the product of a brutal gang rape. She's tried to move on with her life and create something nice for herself and her son. One day they have a chance encounter with Charlene Sudsbury who is trying to recover from the suicide of her son JP. Charlene is immediately attracted to Gareth because he looks exactly like her son. Charlene won't be satisfied until she finds out the truth and it eventually comes out that Gareth is her grandson. Morrisey and Charlene then build an unlikely relationship, eventually falling in love. When one of the other rapists turns up he creates an obstacle that may be too big for them to overcome. Q. Kelly has certainly not written the usual romance. How many women fall in love with the mothers of their rapists? This plot twist just seems beyond strange and is bothersome throughout the book. It would be difficult enough to have a child that looks like the rapist and not let that affect you, but to then have an affair with the woman who raised the criminal is bizarre. However, if the reader can get past that fact, the rest of the story is fairly routine. The two female characters are actually likable and then there is a cute kid. The book itself is well written though there are some mistakes the editor should have caught. The Odd Couple puts a unique twist in the romance formula. The reader will have to suspend disbelief to get past much of the plot, but then this fiction. If the relationship seems acceptable, then the book is fine for some quick reading.
Sad, funny, sweet, and harsh all rolled into one book. The characters slowly unravel to reveal secrets that would intertwine them more than expected. A sweet little boy in the middle of it all, connecting two women in ways more than romance and love. Gareth, the young boy, easily tunes into things around him and his unfiltered curiosity forces his mom, Morrisey, to come to terms with her own past, present, and future. What seems, on the surface, to be a normal single mom raising her wonderful son, we soon find to be anything but simple. Her new love, Charlene, finds that her own life is not what she thought it was. A true page-turner, The Odd Couple made me laugh, empathize, shake my head in disgust, and say ¿AWWWWW¿. The plot offers many mysteries, as well as building anticipation during what seem to be unforgiving circumstances. Lots of shocking and ah-ha moments, as well as surprising events divulged. The author presents well-developed characters who are believable, realistic, down-to ¿Earth, and who invoke many emotions. A very well-written and exciting first book for this new author!