Title: Then Comes Love
Author: Lindsay Detwiler
Publication: March 18, 2016
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
Three generations of women,
Three second loves,
All with a dose of chaos mixed in.
Sometimes in life, changes can be good…
After losing her husband, her five cats, and her home, Charlotte Noel hates feeling dependent. As Charlotte tries to find her identity in this new stage of life, she comes to realize that drama never ends, dance aerobics can be a war zone, and love is always a possibility.
You never know when a midlife crisis is going to strike…
Charlotte’s daughter, Annie, is going through struggles of her own. Recently divorced, she is feeling frumpy and worn-out. Run ragged, Annie mourns her youth and wonders where her life is headed, all while hoping she can help her daughter Amelia get it together.
Settling down can be overrated, especially when you’re falling for a rock star look-alike…
Amelia is the wild child of the family. Working three jobs, because she just hasn’t figured out what she wants in life, she realizes happiness isn’t always settling down with a steady, dependable man; sometimes it’s about following your true passion and living on the edge.
No matter what age you are, life and love can be crazy…
**A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**
Sometimes you think that you will never find another chance at love. This is what the three main characters face in this book. One in her 80’s widowed and moving into a Senior Living Place. Another in her 50’s, divorced and heartbroken. The third, 30 and engaged but feeling trapped by it all. All discover love is never easy.
The book opens with Annie, the divorcee, touring the Senior Living Center with her mother Charlotte, the widower. While Charlotte doesn’t want to move into the facility, she knows that she cannot ask her daughter to take in her and her 5 cats. Her daughter has enough to worry about with her recent bombshell divorce and a daughter, Amelia, who is a free spirit who holds down three jobs at one time. Charlotte begrudgingly agrees to move into the center but only if her daughter takes in her 5 cats which include her most beloved cat, Butternut (don’t worry I am not giving you a random cat name just because, it does become important in the story). When she first comes to her new home she is digging her heels. She doesn’t want to participate in anything. She hardly talks to anyone at dinner. Due to Charlotte’s forgetfulness and the number of phone calls she places in a week asking where her pill case is, her daughter decides to hire Owen to come and check on her daily and make sure her pills are correct. Charlotte hatches a plan to hook her granddaughter Amelia up with Owen. She doesn’t care that Amelia is already in a relationship with Neville whom Charlotte thinks of as a “decaf” because that is all he drinks. She feels that Amelia is settling for someone who will, later in life, make her feel trapped like Charlotte was in her marriage. Now if only she could get her daughter Annie to relax. Annie’s world has been rocked, her husband of 20 some years has divorced her for a much younger women. She feels trapped in a dead-end job as a customer service associate at a call in center for a cupcake company. While she hates her job, it is currently the only thing that keeps her getting up every day. Until one day Butternut chews through her three alarm clock cords. Rushing to get to work she finds her car was out of gas. When she stops to fill up she runs into her ex and his now pregnant girlfriend. It becomes more than she can take. She blows up on the phone at a client. This gets her promptly fired. I am going to stop there, I could go on and on about this book but then that would leave nothing for you to be surprised about. The twists and turns in this book will leave you wanting more.
When asked to review another one of Lindsay Detwiler’s novels, I jumped at the chance without even reading the blurb that I was given. I hoped I would enjoy it as much as the other one I had reviewed. Her books are excellently written, her characters are relatable and the romance aspect of it is intense without being graphic. My only knock on this book was that it wasn’t long enough! I can only hope she will do a sequel.
Obviously this is a great book! Pick up your copy on Amazon. You can also check it out on Goodreads and add it to your To Read list. Check out our other Lindsay Detwiler reviews for her books “Without You” and “Voice of Innocence“. She can be found online at LindsayDetwiler.com and follow her on twitter @LindsayDetwiler