For many, midlife is the beginning.
It was a day like any other day for Marina Trahan…until she caught her husband in bed with another woman. Before that eye-opening wake-up call, Marina would have described her life as average or uneventful, maybe even boring. But now, chaos and confusion reign supreme. She’d expected to slide through midlife with her unwanted extra pounds, chin hair, and hot flashes and move somewhat gracefully into elastic waist pants and having no verbal filter. But with a wayward husband, a high-maintenance daughter, a lackluster career, and a crazy mother all weighing her down, Marina is ready to wave the white flag of surrender.
Then an intriguing stranger named Alexios shows up out of nowhere and insists she is descended from a goddess and is the only person who can save the world from certain destruction. She has roughly a week to do it. Solving a centuries-old mystery seems like a more interesting proposition than the other situations Marina is facing, so she accepts his challenge. But her search for a magical item of power reveals far more about Marina than she ever knew. Maybe enough to save the world. And even herself.
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**Cait Sidhe’s Review of Wrong Side of Forty**
Marina comes home one day to find hubby in bed with the town hussy, who happens to have gone to school with her daughter and stole a few of her boyfriends during her school years. Yikes. Oh, and we should mention that she’s wearing the new lingerie that Marina bought thinking she needed to spice things up! Can you even imagine? Truly insult to injury! In short order, Marina finds herself starting a new chapter in her life, one she never even saw coming. She moves into her mother’s old fishing cabin with her dog and tries to figure out what she’s going to do with herself. Enter Alexios: a demigod claiming that she’s a seeker, chosen to find a powerful artifact in the form of a ring. If she doesn’t, Alexios’ world and hers will end. Talk about your midlife crisis! At 48, this was not how Marina saw things happening!
Wrong Side of Forty had me laughing uproariously! The supporting characters had me cracking up the most. Add to that, two feisty senior citizens Adelaide and Dottie, who agree to join forces to help out. Even Marina’s dog, who she can suddenly speak to, gets in the laughs. Marina’s sister, Halcyon was the perfect polar opposite of her own laid back personality. There’s a scene with Spanx and some Crisco that had me crying laughing.
The paranormal side of the book left me a little dissatisfied, however. It took absolutely forever before anything paranormal came into play. With its link to the Greek gods, the “chosen one” trope was a good concept, but in execution fell flat. Supposedly, Marina is descended from Aphrodite, along with Marilyn Monroe and others, and that’s why she’s the only one who can find the ring. The ending was wrapped up a little too neatly as well. When Marina finally does the ring, it was anti-climatic.
I’ll give Wrong Side of Forty 3.5 propellers. The humor was fantastic; the paranormal, not so much. However, it was a quick read and the characters were well written.
About The Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon was raised in southwest Louisiana among the bayous and gators. Her hometown is Carlyss, but you probably won’t find it on a map. Her family owned a camp located on a bayou just off the Gulf of Mexico that you could only get there by boat. The most important feature was the rope hammock hanging in the shade on a huge deck that stretched out over the water where Jana spent many hours reading books.
Jana and her brother spent thousands of hours combing the bayous in a flat-bottom aluminum boat, studying the natural habitat of many birds, nutria and alligators. She would like you to know that no animals were injured during these “studies,” but they kept makers of peroxide in business.
Jana has never stumbled across a mystery or a ghost like her heroines, but she’s still hopeful.
She now resides in Dallas, Texas, with the most spoiled Sheltie in the world.