I came upon this worn, little paperback in a box of books in my attic. The animated cover promised me some comedy, a light hearted romp, and maybe some romance. So I poured a glass of red to see what Linda Lenhoff had to offer in Life a la Mode.
Heat Level: ♥
Overall Rating: 3/6 Glass Slippers
Holly isn’t your typical thirty-year-old single girl in the big city. She has a runaway dad who shacked up with a cousin, a mom who might have found love with a fishing enthusiast, and a sister who collects fiancés like your grandma collects Precious Moments figurines. She has a good job with an annoying boss and a coworker named Tom who definitely sends mixed signals. Things with Holly are anything but cookie cutter perfect.
While she helps her sister plan her “dream wedding” for the sixth time, she wonders if she’ll ever settle down again. Holly’s kissed some frogs and longs for a prince to save her from the constant madness that is her life. But she’s also a grown woman, and knows that the only person who can help her get her act together is herself. That’s easier said than done when your mom’s about to run off to Africa with her latest boy toy and your life needs to take a backseat.
This book is written in first person, present tense, which I personally find rather annoying, but that’s not why I gave this book 3/6 Glass Slippers. While parts of the book are comical and you find yourself rooting for poor Holly to just get her life together, you just…well, want her to get her life together. It’s like the author was going for the comedy of Bridget Jones and came up short. It all feels forced, and by the end of the book, you may feel tired of Holly and the loose ends she leaves you with. But the author has a way of writing some really great and dynamic dialogue that makes you connect with the characters, making it an alright book for a weekend read.