Thursday, January 3, 2013

The 90 Day Rule, by Diane Nelson

Jess never expected her life to be undergoing such major changes at her age.  After many years playing the dutiful and supportive wife, she finds herself on her own upon the discovery of her husband's infidelity.  She takes up residence with her daughter, who is away at college.  Immediately Jess is tossed into the world of university life, graduate school, basketball, and, surprisingly, love.

I am always tickled to see strong female characters representing women not typically featured in literature, so I really love the character of Jess.  She is so... normal.  Middle aged, not insect thin, and starting over in life, Jess looks like more women than most of the barbie doll characters served up in chick lit or romance books. I think Jess, as a character, gives hope to women who are in similar life situations; women do not need to put up with bad relationships, nor do they need to act like life is over, even when a twenty some year marriage may be.

I like the story a lot.  It is light, and fast paced, so it is pretty easy to get sucked into the story.  I sat down to start it, and before I knew it I was 70 pages in.  It is a completely unique kind of romance story, one that looks more like real life than most others I have read.  It is sexy without being smutty, something I always appreciate.  And I love that a middle aged woman, with an adult child, can still be portrayed as being sexy.  

I think the book will appeal to fans of chick lit, and romance readers with open minds.  The characters may not be a tiny blond with a heaving bosom and a man with long flowing locks, but they still heat up the page.

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  1. Thanks so much for the kind review, Tiffany. I love giving 'women of a certain age' a voice (along with the men who discover them).

  2. I think this book has been overlooked for too long. I wish there was a greater audience for this type of realistic love story. I'd also recommend 'The Conference' by the same author. It also has a not-so-young, not-so-thin, smart, heroine.