Published: June 16, 2011
Marci Thompson always knew what life would be like by her 30th birthday. A large but cozy suburban home shared with a charming husband and two brilliant children. A celebrated career as an established writer, complete with wall-to-wall mahogany shelves and a summer book tour. A life full of adventure with her friends and family by her side.
Instead, Marci lives alone in 480 square feet of converted motel space next to a punk rock band, hundreds of miles from her friends and family. She works in a temporary accounting assignment that has somehow stretched from two weeks into nine months. And the only bright spot in her life, not to mention the only sex she’s had in two years, is an illicit affair with her married boss, Doug. Thirty is not at all what it is cracked up to be.
Then the reappearance of a cocktail napkin she hasn’t seen in a decade opens a long-forgotten door, and Marci’s life gets complicated, fast. The lines between right and wrong, fantasy and reality, heartache and happiness are all about to get very blurry, as Marci faces the most difficult choices of her life.
This is a premiere book by M.J. Pullen and to be brutally honest, the reason I bought this was because the price on Amazon called to me. I have a bad habit of buying books for: A) The Cover and B) The price. This one was read due to choice B. It first takes place in Austin Texas, which for a random fact is my birthplace, and I thought that was pretty cool. The storyline is very true to real life, and in my opinion everyone can relate if not directly but indirectly with Marcy. The story starts with Marcy working as a temp for a design agency, which is where she meets Doug, the married man. She has this typical affair with him, and eventually the wife finds out (don’t they always?). Marcy quits her job after a very disturbing break up, and moves back to her hometown with the help of a college friend, who she made a pact with back in college. They decided if neither of them were married by the time they were 30 they would marry each other. The story line was great, but the characters were a bit dry. Marcy is very woe is me, and makes one bad decision after another. It is hard to really commit yourself 100% to this book due to the mundane day to day events. We all like to relate to a story and to the characters but it almost felt like I was watching a very dull reality TV show. All in all, for a premiere book it could have been worse but it won’t be something I visit again any time soon. I would give this book 2 out of 5 stars.