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June 10, 2014

The Opposite of Maybe {Maddie Dawson}

I received a complimentary copy of The Opposite of Maybe for the purposes of providing an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Opposite of Maybe {Maddie Dawson} | #bookreview #chicklit #romance #maddiedawson
Jonathan and Rosie have been together so long they finish each other’s sentences—so when he (finally) proposes and asks her to move across the country with him, everyone is happily surprised.

But when things suddenly unravel, Rosie sends Jonathan packing and moves back home with Soapie, the irascible, opinionated grandmother who raised her. Only now she has to figure out how to fire Soapie’s very unsuitable caregiver, a gardener named Tony who lets her drink martinis, smoke, and cheat at Scrabble.

It’s a temporary break, of course—until Rosie realizes she’s accidentally pregnant at 44, completely unequipped for motherhood, and worse, may be falling in love with the sentimental, troubled Tony, whose life is even more muddled than hers. 

It’s not until Rosie learns the truth about her mother’s tragic story that she wonders if sometimes you have to let go of your fears, trusting that the big-hearted, messy life that awaits you may just be the one you were meant to live.

This book had parts that I loved, and parts not so much. When the book started I loved Rosie and Jonathan's relationship. Their carefree lifestyle seemed so fun and relaxed. But as soon as things started to go wrong I started hating Jonathan and getting frustrated with Rosie. This sentiment for them lasted throughout the entire book.

I just loved Soapie. A modern day girl forced to raise her granddaughter, and refusing to conform to "being old". Although she comes across as mean sometimes, it is obvious that Soapie has a much deeper story. I'm so glad that we got to hear that story before this book ended. It made Soapie even more enjoyable and made me fall even more in love with her.

And then there's Tony. Oh Tony! I think I really like the guy. He sacrifices everything for anyone he cares about. He has such a deep character and I don't feel like we really got to get all aspects of who he is. Parts of me wishes that we could have spent even more time with him and wishes he would have put up a fight earlier for his son. That part of the story could have been great.

A little after half way through this book I did tend to get a little bored and ready to get it over with. But near the end the story starts picking back up and gets interesting again. By the time it was over I was laughing out loud and so proud of Rosie for finally making a good decision for herself.

About the Author: Maddie Dawson 

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