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Book Review: Step, Ball, Change ~Jeanne Ray

Our recent book group read was quite light on its feet!  That’s because it was about a 62 year old woman who owns a dance studio in North Carolina.  The author has a fun sense of humor and the book can be read in just a matter of a few delightful, entertaining hours.

It is an older book and I purchased it used for the grand total of 2 cents!

The narrator of the story is working up to experience “empty nest” and she and her husband are busy adding a “Florida” room to their house.  All 4 children are nearly launched and out on their own.  The story is about when all those unexpected things happen when one thought everything was falling into place.

The contractor discovers that there are huge problems with the foundation of the house, only daughter gets engaged to the son of the wealthiest family in town who want 950 guests for the event, which is not in the budget!  Then Caroline’s sister separates from her husband and moves into the house from Atlanta and brings her nasty little dog with her.  Husband is a public defender who loves his work and has assisted 3 of his 4 children in becoming lawyers; #4 is deciding between dance and law for his future.

The book is full of funny conversations and fast food meals as Caroline tries to figure things out.  The book is clever – fun and plays upon the very traditional, stereotypical role of women, particularly “Southern Women”.

Although a quick read , I thought the heroine just waited around for other’s to truly solve the problems and everything turned out just too smoothly at the end.  Thank goodness the contractor was a wonderful problem – solver not only for houses but also for life’s problematic events.

Liz brought this book to our attention and let us know that her favorite book by this author is one called EAT CAKE!

Our group really appreciated this book and several people were truly influenced by ideas shared by Caroline in the course of the book.  How do you stick with a husband once kids are grown and gone?

I think the discussion that this book promoted was the best part of this book.  Well, and I should not leave out the wonderful food – roasted pumpkin and ricotta lasagna – yum yum!

It was a good early look at what women are experiencing as they move into their 60s.   And we should all be that lucky to find a contractor and then one who could handle so many of the problems with humor and great skill in dog training!

I liked that it was raining and I had a fire burning in the fireplace and I could just curl up and enjoy the story in one lazy afternoon.

Do you have a book that is just for a light read or for a rainy afternoon?   How about travelling books? Is it the quick reads or the contemplative reads that create the most discussion?  How do you discuss things you have read on blogs or on Stumble Upon?

Some other good books you might enjoy:

Hats Off to Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Revising Committee
Merle’s Door
Three Weeks With My Brother

6 Responses to “Book Review: Step, Ball, Change ~Jeanne Ray”

  1. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. at 62c .. that sounds like a might fine purchase and entertainment .. and I loved it that you were able to flop out, by a coal fire, on a gloomy wet day .. and just devour the book .. and the plot sounds as though it roars along .. Thanks
    Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Positive Letters Inspirational Stories
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Fireworks and Bonfire Night – November 5th =-.

  2. Patricia Says:

    Hilary,
    Thank you for coming on by….after the computer crash yesterday I did not know if I would be able to get here today….it was a gas fire and yes it was just a fun read about real things that happen to women.

  3. Jannie funster Says:

    Sounds like a fun read indeed. The part about the nasty dog made me lol. Books,oh wonderful all-engrossing books, how I love them so. One of my all-time favs I sent to thee– the one about Irish greens and grays.

    I have 2 wonderful books to finish and review–Liara Covert’s and Chris Edgar’s. And after that I’ll just have to see where the book winds takes me, to that book you sent me might just be the ticket.

    Thanks again for it!!
    .-= Jannie funster´s last blog ..Mystery Blogger “Over The Top” Meme =-.

  4. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    It was a fun read and books are just wonderful…Chris Edgar’s book is #3 in my stack….and I did not know Liara had a book too, I will need to check that out.

    I have some 9 books in my queue on my KINDLE….I put Chris’ book there ….

    I do not know what I would do without books and my Kindle.
    And yes your sent me a wonderful book….I did a post about it being a wonderful read…and joy…
    Thank you

  5. J.D. Meier Says:

    I always like when people are good problem solvers – at work and life. It sounds the contractor saved the day.

    I like to read zany books by Tim Dorsey … fast paced and wild or if I’m in the mood for an intense experience with incredible imagery, I like to read anything by James Lee Burke.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..Lessons Learned from John =-.

  6. Patricia Says:

    JD
    I found the contractor one of the best characters in the story. It was fun and fast and that made it a break from the heavy research I have been reading as of late. Rather like a Hersey’s kiss of a book!
    I just love to read!