AND ONE LAST THING was by far one of the greatest books I've
read this year. I laughed, I cried, I cheered and sometimes
all at once. Molly Harper's debut contemporary romance is so
funny and delightful I can't wait for more. The characters
are so well written that they feel like part of your family
or your best friends. They have depth and are well-rounded.
Lacey Terwilliger finds out her husband has cheated on her
and writes a very descriptive and nasty email to the email
list for her husband's company. In the email she lets it out
on how she can't stand him and all his shortfalls. She
explains what he has done to her and doesn't leave anything
out. The email was something I could imagine myself writing
BUT not sending. The consequence of the email is ultimately
Monroe is the author next door who annoys her most of the
time but eventually becomes more to her. She has a lot of
living to do. She needs to learn to live alone and grow up
in a lot of ways. Monroe is there for her to offer advice
and funny mishaps happen in abundance with them.
Lacey's gay brother steals many scenes with his raunchy
humor. Her brother helps her carve out a new life for
herself, tells her to stop feeling sorry for herself, and
gives her a new haircut. In the midst of his laughter, he
has great advice and only wants the best for her.
All the characters are likable because of their realness.
They are funny and caring. Lacey can't stay out of trouble
for the life of her. Her sassy and feisty humor gets her in
trouble more than once. I loved the creative titles for each
chapter that were a giggle in themselves. This is a must
read for anyone that likes Jennifer Crusie, Rachel Gibson or
"If Singletree’s only florist didn’t deliver her posies
half-drunk, I might still be married to that floor-licking,
scum-sucking, receptionist-nailing hack-accountant, Mike
Lacey Terwilliger’s shock and humiliation over her husband’s
philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike’s
company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the
special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist
gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike’s family,
friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one
can say "instant urban legend," Lacey has become the pariah
of her small Kentucky town, a media punch line, and the
defendant in Mike’s defamation lawsuit.
Her seemingly perfect life up in flames, Lacey retreats to
her family’s lakeside cabin, only to encounter an
aggravating neighbor named Monroe. A hunky crime novelist
with a low tolerance for drama, Monroe is not thrilled about
a newly divorced woman moving in next door. But with time,
beer, and a screen door to the nose, a cautious friendship
develops into something infinitely more satisfying.
Lacey has to make a decision about her long-term living
arrangements, though. Should she take a job writing caustic
divorce newsletters for paying clients, or move on with her
own life, pursuing more literary aspirations? Can she find
happiness with a man who tells her what he thinks and not
what she wants to hear? And will she ever be able to resist
saying one . . . last . . . thing?