“ I really enjoyed this book for an easy light read. ” – golfgirl62
Just before her fortieth birthday, Mara Jane Mulligan, devoted wife and mother, runs out of bubble bath, and the ensuing panic attack drives her to Canada for more. She realizes that one foamy soak probably won’t cure what ails her, so she takes a 30 day vacation from her life. (What woman doesn’t need one of those?) As her 30 days sail by, Mara Jane Mulligan discovers she has a decision to make that even Dorothy couldn’t avoid… Will she click her heels for home or kick them up for good?
This reader gave it five stars!
This novel invites all of us to take a chance, to make a leap of faith, and to try a new approach in our otherwise mundane lives. In The Do-Over, Ms. Dunnehoff rings a bell that incites a perfectly normal wife and mother to flee her suburban life for unknown parts in another country, all because an empty bottle of soap sabotages her bubble bath. We’ve all been there, at that ‘final straw’, the one tiny situation that snowballs into a tornado. Think Steve Martin in Father of the Bride when he only wants 8 hot dog buns instead of 10. Protagonist Janie Mulligan flees in the middle of the night to purchase more soap in a strange place where she knows not a soul. Yet there amidst the chaos of a small town, she finds something that’s been eluding her for years: her purpose. Meanwhile, Janie’s befuddled but tenacious spouse shows more patience than most when he follows her, along with his mother, to convince her their life is just fine the way it is. Like a typical guy who hates change, he just doesn’t get it until … well, that’s the fun part! The writing is witty, the plot clever, the theme universal, and the feeling at the end, happy but realistic. I can’t wait for this author’s next book!
– P.A. Moore