Thursday, March 01, 2007

Fit To Be Tied - Karen Kendall

Fit To Be Tied
Karen Kendall

Chick Lit

Getting engaged should be a happy occasion. When Jen Canby found a ring in her champagne glass, she and her new fiancé, Tom Brookhaven, decided to share the happy news with her parents. They arrived at the house to find Jen’s mother drunk and dancing in the pouring rain; and her disgruntled father out at a bowling alley. Instead of happy hugs, Jen gets the news that her parents are divorcing after thirty years together. You’d think that might serve as an omen, and it does make Jen think about how uncertain life can be, but she goes on to plan a huge, white wedding.

On her wedding day, her teeth are stained blue, she breaks a hand mirror, she loses a shoe, and that’s just for starters. A revelation about her new husband at the reception shakes Jen to her core. Her trust in him demolished, she asks her husband of one day for a divorce. On their honeymoon. There’s family to tell, piles of gifts to return, thank-you notes to write. And, through it all, the sad knowledge that Jen and Tom still love each other. So which is the bigger mistake: getting married or getting divorced?

The conflict here hinges on a real betrayal of trust, a serious issue that could potentially torpedo any relationship, not on a silly misunderstanding. Both Jen and Tom react logically, according to their backgrounds and characters. Both characters have to get a handle on where they’re coming from before they can clearly see where they’re going. Their scenes, good and bad, resonate with a real emotional honesty. The supporting characters, including the dysfunctional family and the kind of best friend everyone wants, are all written in very believable ways. A good dose of wry and subtle humor works perfectly to balance out the darker scenes. This was my first book by this author, but it certainly won’t be my last.

Rating: 8
March 2007
ISBN# 978-0-45122-2078-3 (paperback)


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