Monday, September 25, 2017

The Future She Left Behind by Marin Thomas

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by Berkley
One woman's journey home gets derailed by her soon-to-be ex-mother-in-law in a novel filled with humor, small-town charm, rekindled love, and the resilient ties of family.

Cast aside by her cheating husband, Katelyn Chandler is ready to pack it all in and drive home to Little Springs, Texas. She wants a chance to regroup, reconnect with her mother, and get back to her art.

But Shirley Pratt--master manipulator, elitist snob, and Katelyn's terror of a live-in monster-in-law--has other ideas. Shirley insists on joining Katelyn's trip after her son tries to pack her off to a retirement community. Katelyn has no choice but to play peacekeeper between the ornery old woman and the proud matrons of Little Springs. Yet the small town seems to be changing Shirley. And as Katelyn weighs the wisdom of picking up where she left off with Jackson Mendoza, the town bad boy and her high school sweetheart, she must find a way to believe in the strength of her dreams.

My Thoughts…

I laughed so many times while reading this book.   It wasn’t particularly funny, but Shirley Pratt, A.K.A the mother-in-law from hell, was hilarious.   She was mean, she was a manipulator, and she was funny.   I love how she poked and prodded at her daughter-in-law and how the DIL let her but got her own pokes in.     Katelyn, the DIL, was wonderful.    She had the patience of a saint but didn’t take her life lying down.     Sure, she became the stay at home mom from TV shows but it was what she wanted to do for her twins.     Yet, when the going got tough she put her big girl panties on and did what she wanted to change her life.    I like that she didn’t let her failed marriage define who she was and didn’t play the boo hoo poor me card.  

The Future She Left Behind is a book of hope, not giving up dreams, and family.     The characters were quirky and fun.   None were perfect but they were all realistic.   The storyline tugged at your heart, made you giggle, and made you have hope.   

I recommend getting your own copy and enjoying it for yourself. 

Thank you  Roxanne Jones at Berkley Publishing Group for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

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