Review – The Good Life by Jodie Beau

May 25, 2013 Review 2

TGLTITLE: The Good Life

AUTHOR: Jodie Beau

GENRE: Adult Contemporary Romance

PUBLISHED: 9th April 2013

SOURCE: ARC provided by author

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Twenty-two year old Roxie Golightly was a fun and carefree spirit…until she married a wealthy man and her role as a trophy wife left her isolated in a condo with an ironing board and an obsessive desire to impress people.

When her marriage ends after seven years, Roxie’s identity is buried under layers of furniture polish and piles of designer shoes. She doubts she can ever be the person she once was.

But when Roxie’s charmed life is turned upside down, her best-friend creates The Good Life List to help turn it back around. The instructions are simple: Complete each task on the Good Life List by the end of the summer.

With list in hand and the help of a sexy and charismatic guy from her past, Roxie is only a few check marks away from living the good life, even if it means getting thrown out of a bar or skinny-dipping in the neighbor’s pool at 3am.

You HAVE to read this book! It’s HILARIOUS!

Roxie’s getting divorced. Her husband announces it one morning as she’s peeing in front of him while he shaves. She’s surprised, to say the least! Without any chance of a reconciliation she heads back home to Michigan at a loss of what to do now. Her carefully planned life has not gone as it was supposed to. Little does she know she’s about to learn a whole lot about herself …

I don’t know where to start with this review and I warn you now – it could get gushy! I flipping loved this book and I was sad when it ended. I. WANTED. MORE. The Good Life came at a perfect time for me. It made me giggle and helped me to forget about something that I was stressing about. It was exactly what I needed.

Jodie Beau is definitely an author to look out for. I can’t wait to read more from her. The way Jodie got inside Roxie’s head was brilliant and the humour was just right – it was silly and it made me laugh out loud (WARNING – DO NOT read this when you’re travelling on a train in the “quiet carriage” because you’ll get funny looks, OK?!

Roxie’s friend, Hope, writes her a list entitled the Good Life List. There are 27 things on the list, and Roxie has to have crossed each one off by the end of the summer. Well, OK, maybe not number 27! This is Hope’s way of getting Roxie to relax, have fun, and to stop her endless planning and organising of every detail. The events that follow as Roxie is on her mission to complete the list will have you laughing like a crazy person.

I loved Roxie and her determination. At the start she was very concerned with what people thought of her and what material possessions she had. This made her seem very shallow. As the story progressed, though, we could see her growing and changing and I liked that about her. Even though she’d led a charmed life in New York she soon realised that the things she had there weren’t the be-all and end-all of life.

I loved Jake and his charm, his caring ways, oh, and his hotness too! He was just the perfect guy to help Roxie work things out and get her life back on track. He was patient, straight to the point and honest. And who wouldn’t swoon for a guy who is described as looking a little like Adam Levine?! Exactly. No one!

Without spoiling what happens all I will say is that this story is PERFECT. I loved the beginning, I loved the middle, and I LOVED the end! Go get The Good Life and see for yourself just how good it is while I sit back and read my paperback copy that I just HAD to get. Books like The Good Life deserve a place on my bookshelf. 

Well done, Jodie Beau. MORE PLEASE!

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