Title: The Age of Misadventure
Author: Judy Leigh
Genre: contemporary fiction, chick lit, humor
Is this part of a series? No.
Publish Date: February 21st, 2019
55 year old Georgina Turner is a control freak and A+ worry wart. She shows her love and adoration of the three most important women to her (her daughter Jade, sister Bonnie, and Aunt Anne or Nanny) by being way too involved in their lives and giving unsolicited opinions and advice. The more she tries to pull them in, the further apart they grow, though.
When it looks like Jade is going to move in with her very recent boyfriend and Bonnie is in danger due to her shady husband’s questionable business deals; Georgie does what any rational woman would do…. scoops them up, grabs her elderly Nanny and runs for the coast of Sussex. Between trying to reign in an 80 year old with a sweet tooth and an eye for men, and trying to keep Bonnie and Jade safe, it’s no easy task. Especially since Bonnie is used to all the finer things- and has to problem using her charge card to get them, leaving a paper trail. You have a diva, a twenty one year old with a bad attitude, an 80 year old reeling between constant complaints and having the time of her life…. and Georgie. Anxiety driven worry wart supreme…. what could go wrong? Well, you could add a tall dark and handsome stranger into the mix….
To be honest, I liked the book, but there were some serious issues. I felt like the flow of the book was a bit messy- choppy and disjointed. Now, that could have been the author’s intent, but it rarely makes a good impression on me. The story line was great, and I liked the premise. I found Nanny to be great fun, and was generally charmed by her. That said I basically hated the other females. Jade mostly acted like a spoiled ten year old. Yeah, I know Georgie is tripping over multiple boundaries here but that’s your mom. I kept looking at their interactions and thinking…. did I ever treat my mother like this? Do I need to apologize? Bonnie is a pampered trophy wife. She refuses to see all the problems in her marriage. She’s an enabler and consoles herself with shopping. I wouldn’t even mind the cliché too much if there had been more character growth here. As a class A worry wart myself I can kind of connect with Georgie. But she has to know when to step back and let go… while she got there eventually it was painful to watch.
All of that said, I did enjoy the time with Marcus, and Luis was a great character. Both were great romantic interests for the girls. I also liked how they portrayed the police force here. It was a great book, but not my favorite read by far. I think, though, that that’s more of a preference thing. For me, this is a three star book.
On the adult content scale there’s light sexual content, language and violence. It isn’t too explicit, but I would still say this is definitely geared toward the 17+ crowd.
I was lucky enough to receive an eARC from Netgalley and Avon books in exchange for an honest review. My thanks!
The book comes out 2-21-19. Is it on your wish list?
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