Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Review: Reinventing Rita by Nancy Christie

 Genre: Women’s Fiction


“Rita Reynolds is an empty nester with a second shot at life. Her college-age son is spending the summer with his new girlfriend instead of at home with Rita as she had hoped. Her part-time job might be ending, which will toss her back into the job market. Underscoring it all is the realization that since her divorce, she's been coasting on the highway of life. Now, the bumps in the road are too big to ignore.

A chance to teach a six-week baking class brings Rita's almost-forgotten dream of becoming a professional baker back to the surface. Can she overcome her fear that it might be too late for a fresh start? With the help of two friends—Donna, her employer, and Karen, her ex-husband's second wife—she's about to find out.”


“Nancy Christie has been making up stories since she learned how to write, and she plans to continue as long as her fingers can work the keyboard. She can often be found walking the streets of her neighborhood, reciting lines of dialogue or recording plot ideas on her cell phone before they escape her mind. Reinventing Rita is Nancy's sixth book and first novel, and she is deeply grateful to all who have read, commented, and reviewed her work. Nancy is the host of the Living the Writing Life podcast and founder of the annual ‘Celebrate Short Fiction’ Day. She's a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Women's Fiction Writers Association, and the Florida Writers Association. For more about Nancy and links to her social media profiles, visit her website.”


Yeah, yeah. I know. This book is “women’s fiction” and I don’t quite fit the target audience. But something in the description appealed to me. Anyone who has made a big change in their life or career with all the concerns and second guessing that can sometimes be involved will understand where the character of Rita is coming from, regardless of gender. If you’ve experienced the shakeup in your life that happens when a now “adult” child leaves home for college or whatever, you’ll understand the stress Rita feels. Basically, this is a story that a lot of older and middle age folks, regardless of gender, are going to relate to in some fashion and be pulling for Rita to figure things out as you sympathize with her situation. (You younger kids might want to read it to see what’s coming someday.)

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Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: ***** Five Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 80-85,000 words

1 comment:

Nancy Christie said...

I am so glad that you enjoyed Reinventing Rita. And you're not the only man who connected with the topic, too! Thank you for the lovely review. Rita and I both appreciate it!