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?
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