Dear Fellow Reader:
Happy New Year! I hope you had a safe and happy holiday season. Hard to believe that it is over already! And (as Silent Sam sadly pointed out the other day) we have almost six months until our next day off. Now, that is depressing!
For those of you, like me, are facing another grey day outside, it is time for some LIGHT reading. Unfortunately, the book I am reviewing today will not be available until April 20th. Yes, I know, I don’t usually review books before they are out, but I have had this book for a long time and it still has a long time until it comes out. I thought I should review it while it is still fresh in my mind. (And yes, I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.)
Maggie Finds Her Muse is a story about Maggie, who is a writer with a deadline. Her third book is due to the editor in six weeks and she hasn’t had any inspiration to sit down and write. This book is part of the key to her financial independence and she feels that she needs to get going on it. But the words aren’t coming. She is frustrated.
And then we meet her live-in. He only spends part of the year with her – otherwise he is off doing speaking events or closed into his cabin writing. He is with her when he is teaching at the same school where she teaches. She tries to talk with him about how she is stuck in her writing, but he ignores her and tells her what he needs her to do for him. And that was the end. She kicked him out. This is not helping her writing issue. In talking to her agent, she confesses that she has not been writing and that she has kicked out her current man. The agent is horrified. He tells her that he and his partner are leaving for Paris the next week and she should come with them to their apartment so she can write. (under his watchful eyes) At first, she hesitates but then gives in and goes to Paris.
She has a daughter living outside of Paris and it turns out that her ex-husband will be in town at the same time. They are friendly; they agreeably split years before so seeing her ex is not an issue.
She has no thought about re-kindling her love for her ex nor does she expect to fall in love with the man she finds in her bathtub one morning. She just wants to write her book. Love is not part of her equation.
This is Dee Ernest’s 30th book. Wow! She writes Chick lit and cozy mysteries. The book was the balm I needed when I read it. A light, quick read that is satisfying. I see that Kindle has one of her other books (A Mother’s Day Murder) free on kindle right now. It is the first in a series. I have downloaded it. While not a book to change your world view, it is a comfort book. And come on, there is a pandemic, who doesn’t need a comfortable book?
Thanks for reading!