Series: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman #7
Genres: Humor, Nonfiction
Publication date: July 12th 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: kindle, 317 pages
How I got it: NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review
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My rating: 4/5
Lisa and Francesca are back with another collection of warm and witty stories that will strike a chord with every woman. This six book series is among the best reviewed humor books published today and has been compared to the late greats, Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron. Delia Ephron said of the fifth book in the series, Have a Nice Guilt Trip, "Lisa and Francesca, mother and daughter, bring you the laughter of their lives once again and better than ever. You will identify with these tales of guilt and fall in love with them and fierce (grand) Mother Mary." This seventh volume will not disappoint as it hits the humorous and poignant note that fans have come to expect from the beloved mother-daughter duo.
This book is told by a mother and daughter author team. This book is extremely funny and heartfelt. I have only read books by Lisa, but will definitely be checking books out written by Francesca now and also the remaining books of these series. The mother/daughter dynamic of the book is perfect. They nicely play off of each other in some stories and other stories are just bits and pieces from their lives.
I really enjoyed that we got a very personal story from both Lisa and Francesca based on an attack that happened to Francesca. I couldn’t imagine how challenging it would be to write about something so terrible as being attacked. Francesca not only wrote with a great amount of detail of the attack, but she also gave us her feelings on what happened as well and also parts of her recovery. It made the story feel very real and personal. I also liked that we got to hear Lisa’s reaction to what happened for a full circle feeling. It made them seem so real and a perfect duo when facing something so tragic as an attack. With a book full of humor this story really made it more dynamic.
Other stories in the book I really enjoyed was actually about Lisa’s anxiety of driving over bridges. Honestly I was very lucky that when I was first starting out learning to drive I had to go over bridges by my grandparents’ house that are super tight and narrow so I am pretty comfortable going over them, but I completely understand if it was not something you do often how scary it could be driving over them. I like that we got a very personal story about anxiety because it is something very real and effects a lot of people.
This is a perfect nighttime read. The stories are super short so it is easy to read a few and then put the book down.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book.