Promises you make to yourself are the hardest to keep …
who spends her days cleaning houses for people who often have more money than manners, promises herself that from now on she's going to stand up for herself. Married to a man with as much sex appeal as a recliner, she dreams about someone who can sweep her off her feet.
an artistic interior designer, promises herself that after seven wasted years with the
man she thought she'd marry, relationships won't derail her life again.
a repeat offender when it comes to turning to women for sexual consolation, promises himself there will be no more women.
But when Ella appears unexpectedly in Ethan's life, he find s himself turning to her for very different reasons. And when Maggie's romantic hero appears on her doorstep, she wonders which path she's really supposed to follow. International bestselling author Erica James weaves a delightful tale of three people daring to challenge their dreams.
It's the ultimate do-over fantasy: three unhappy people stuck in soul-sapping jobs and relationships promise to turn it all around and make a delicious mess of it. This U.S. entry from seasoned British chick lit champ James (The Queen of New Beginnings) proves that bitter dissatisfaction, aching loneliness, and stubborn self-deception span the economic spectrum. Maggie, married to a couch potato she nicknames Mr. Blobby, cleans houses for a living and faces a major decision when she meets another man; Ella, shaking off seven bad years with a widower and his sad, manipulative kids ("A dead wife never leaves the marriage; she's there for eternity, immortalized, sanctified, an untouchable, ruthlessly divisive meddling force"), takes on a redecorating project in a home Maggie cleans, for the wealthy Edwardses. Ethan Edwards, business and marriage both in decline, seeks solace in one-night stands but hopes for more with Ella. Individual emotional meltdowns trigger alternately heartbreaking and hilarious collateral damage and lead each character into relationships they couldn't predict and can't resist. Their liberations may be a foregone conclusion, but gooey dollops of happily-ever-after romance, rowdy humor, surprisingly affecting drama, and a despicable supporting cast make this formulaic page-turner rollicking and satisfying.