Self-help junkie comes to terms with her divorce.
Daisy knew she married the wrong man. It was obvious, yet rather than trust her instincts, she forged ahead with her marriage plans to avoid becoming that desperate cliché—a desperate-for-babies career gal in her late 30s. A few years into her painfully dull marriage, Daisy has the courage to get out and try again. Don’t be mistaken by this one heroic act. Daisy isn’t naturally prone to action. To the contrary, after she leaves her husband, Daisy enjoys a nice long pity party held at her mother’s country digs. Besides her tireless mum, Daisy relies on her two closest pals, Jess and Lucy, to help mend her wounds and to listen to her ramblings. Be prepared for the tear fest that ensues as Daisy performs a postmortem on her marriage. Things appear pretty gloomy for this jobless divorcee as she prepares to re-enter the dating pool. Cue more floodworks when Daisy has a disastrous first “PPD” (post-divorce date). It gets so bad that readers stand the chance of drowning in Daisy’s misery and misfortune. But Pasternak (Princess in Love, 1994) gets things moving again. Daisy lands a job and starts revamping her love life. Reinventing herself as a self-help guru, she garners attention from book lovers and publishers as she helps London’s singles mend their hearts. Romantically, things start to look up when Daisy reconnects with Julius, her lifelong love. But don’t wait for the neat and tidy happy ending. Pasternak’s second novel is an unexpected treat: Daisy challenges everyone in her orbit to embrace living in the moment and to let go of expectations.
Worth wading through the tears for the generous helping of Daisy Dooley wisdom.