Jessica is once again left by a man who she thought was “The One”, when her second husband leaves her in order to move back near his family and away from the cold winters of upstate New York. Fifty-something Jess has now been divorced twice. Though they part amicably and she keeps their dog, Penny, Jess finds herself missing the companionship and realizes she is rather lonely. Her adult children, Maddy and Ian, encourage her to put herself out there and try to find a date using an online dating app. The three of them all sign up together. Soon, Jess finds herself in all sorts of awkward dating situations and she realizes that putting herself on the market again is not such an easy breezy task. Meanwhile, she has had to get a job to support herself, and she ends up working for the town office, answering phone calls and helping citizens who come into pay their bills. At first, she finds the job and the group of old men who hang around all day to be exhausting. But after a while, the men become more like a family to Jess, and they bring a little meaning (however chaotic it may be) to her every day life. Readers will laugh, cringe, and find joy right alongside Jess as she navigates the online dating world, which turns out to be quite the emotional roller-coaster. Scribner has a knack for writing family relationships, as evidenced by the relationships between Jess and her two adult children. This book is a breath of fresh air and it surprised me with the way it ended. Readers of romantic comedies and women’s fiction will enjoy this delightful story.
Thank you to the author for providing me with a free review copy of this book in exchange for honest feedback.