We all know you should never judge a book by its cover, but still I was surprised to find this one much more enjoyable than I expected from its title and blurb. The first part of the story recounts how Isabel finds love with Michael and the details of their courting, marriage, and parenthood together until his sudden demise. The author intertwines Isabel’s grieving process and acceptance until her daughters demand a new daddy. In the meantime Isabel has found solace from a convenient but possibly temporary companion. The second half of the book is humorous but weaker as we read about Isabel’s hardship enduring endless dates with an array of misfits in search of a husband. Edelman’s writing style makes for a quick read as she touches on emotions that ring true for female readers.
Miriam Bradman Abrahams is a Cuban-born, Brooklyn-raised, Long Island-residing mom. She is Hadassah Nassau’s One Region One Book chairlady, a freelance essayist, and a certified yoga instructor who has loved reviewing books for the JBC for the past ten years.