Crazy Little Thing- Tracy Brogan

This adorable, fun book is by a relatively new author who seems to alternate between contemporary light reading (such as this) and historical bodice rippers. Sadie is reluctantly talked into spending the summer by Lake Michigan with her eccentric aunt and two adult cousins to recuperate from a nasty divorce. Instead of relaxing with her 2 young children for the summer she ends up falling for the visiting doctor next door; discovering and unexpected career; annoying her ex husband into a custody fight; and (possibly the worst) realising she’s beginning to turn into her mother. Sadie is tightly wound; compulsively tidying for fun until her interior designer cousin suggests she “use that personality disorder… for good instead of evil” and join his small business as a professional organiser.

Kooks for your Kindle?– The characters really make this book, the star being Aunt Dody, whose malaproprism for her doctor (“vaginacologist”) should become an officially recognised word in my opinion. Dody’s sons are unusual, although I can’t help thinking if you name a son Fontaine (even as a middle names), there’s a certain inevitability to his becoming an interior designer. Sadie herself is a mixture of sensible, cautious, and hilariously disastrous when drunk.

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– Sadie is a little defeatist at the beginning of the story, briefly refusing to believe any man would want her again, but to be fair, her ex husband was a total tool. Her lovable children and her aunt’s family bolster her confidence, something that never happened with her husband and her mother. It takes a while to stop expecting the same mental beatings.

Painting a picture for your paperback?– With the theme of divorce and becoming closer to distant family because immediate family have let them down, there are a few parallels with Watch Over Me, also in the warmth, but that’s where the similarity ends. This is a much lighter, funny book, sharply told in Sadie’s voice, and she has some great snappy lines. It’s set by Lake Michigan in the summer, and has a beachy feel to it, so if you’re feeling wintery, this is just the thing.

Nookie for your Nook?– It’s sexy but not rude, and minimal enough to pass the mother-in-law test.  However it’s more suited to the twenties to forties market.

Evaluation of your eBook?– It was read in a matter of hours (within 24 hours) and not just so that I could get another review written- I couldn’t put it down. A couple of bits in the middle veered close to Bridget Jones painfully disaster-prone territory, and one or two of the misunderstandings were a little easy to spot, but those are minor quibbles. It made me laugh out loud, and although it’s extremely light in subject and tone it was eventful, non-stop and so sweet it left me with a case of the warm and fuzzies.

Frothy Ranking: 4/5 cocktails.

Can be obtained from:

UK: Amazon for £2.49.

US: Amazon for $3.99.