Book Review – Blown Away: A Marital Misunderstanding

BLOWN AWAY is a dark domestic comedy pitting an aging trophy wife against her clueless husband and her sexually awakening daughter.

When a suspicious wife learns her husband was seen kissing his stepdaughter she leaps to conclusions, and widowhood becomes an option. The old wisecrack about a husband trading in a forty for a pair of twenties is no joke when you’re the forty.

Honey Poitrine, former beauty queen, infomercial actress, and single mom of a pre-teen daughter, is selling Magic Ladders at home shows. Her daughter Magnolia is already street smart when she and Honey meet Mac McClintock, another hustler, running his construction company out his car trunk. Mac knows minority-owned businesses have an edge in winning government contracts, and he forms H. Poitrine & Associates LLC. He also knows a wife, even a trophy wife, can’t testify against her husband. And vice-versa.

A Little About Deforest First:

Deforest Day graduated from Yale University longer ago than he wishes to contemplate. After a lengthy career as a vagabond journeyman and agent provocateur, he retired to the safer craft of Novelist.

My Review: 4-stars

Blown Away by Deforest Day is a good story. The cover gave me the impression I would get some humor and the book does have some funny spots and giggle-worthy situations. The sentences are strong and show lots of action. It is written in Omnipresence, and I did spend time confused as to where I was at and what character’s head I was in, but not for long.

Deforest does a good job of telling a story full of corruption that leeches into all aspects of the plot.

The story starts strong, and I liked how the three main characters meet, but then we jump several years into the future where Honey and Mac are married and rich. I thought a little more was needed to get us from Mac asking Honey and her daughter, Mags out to dinner to being several years in the future. I felt I missed a lot there.

Spider was my favorite character, his wit and down-home mannerisms were funny.  I liked the way he handled situations with a no-nonsense approach.

This is a funny story filled with twists and turns, bad guys, and lots of sub -plots to tangle the issues Honey has in believing her daughter and husband are having an affair.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes lots of characters who make things go awry.

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