Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Approximate word count: 75-80,000 words
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“Rita Plush is a writer, interior designer, and instructor of the decorative arts. She lives in Queens, New York, with her husband.” For more, visit her website.
“Empty nest, retired husband ... after thirty-three years of marriage as wife, mother, nursemaid, and family mediator, Lily Gold has had it! There must be more to life than making beds and cooking dinners. A lot more, she discovers, when she decides she needs something of her very own – a job.”
I describe Lily Steps Out as “women’s fiction,” rather than chick-lit, because in chick-lit the protagonist may have a love interest with a portion of the story working out how or if that relationship works into the rest of her life, but she isn’t normally married to him. Other than that, this reads a lot like chick-lit. Lily Gold is married and has lived a traditional life (even old-fashioned by today’s standards) as a wife, mother, and homemaker. I think she was happy with that life, but with her son building a career and her husband retired, Lily is ready for more, even if her husband is happy with things the way they are.
Lily’s search for something to give her life new purpose and how (or even if) to fit that in with her current life, has much in common with chick-lit. Lots of humor (both from some idiosyncratic secondary characters and Lily herself), some soul searching, and plenty of conflict, all combine into a story that is both entertaining and enlightening.
Some mild adult content.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four stars