THE BRIGHT SIDE OF DISASTER
ISBN# (10): 1-4000-6637-9 / (13): 978-1-4000-6637-7
June 26, 2007
Ballantine Books (Random House)
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
$21.95 U.S./$27.95 Canada
Rating: 4 Cups
Jenny Harris is pregnant. Her fiancé, Dean has promised to marry her after the baby is born. Sometimes she finds Dean a strange person to figure out.
John Gardner moves next door to Jenny. He just likes to be called Gardner and begins to form an attraction with Jenny.
Dean is the fiancé of Jenny who suddenly splits before the baby is born.
Jenny cannot believe Dean left; neither can her good friend, Meredith and Jenny’s mother. They were scheduled to be married but now Dean has left her alone. Alone to bring their baby into the world, alone and broke with no money. They were engaged to be married and just out of the blue, he leaves. Her mother informs her that she will need to thank everyone for the gifts when she returns them and explain the situation. Jenny wonders could she just keep the gifts as consolation prizes. Jenny is torn by the events that have spiraled in her life. Not long after the baby, Maxie, is born, the electricity goes out. Gardner, her next door neighbor, comes over to see if she has any power. They connect and begin to share a few dates. Everything seems to be going in the right direction for them until Dean returns and bunks on Jenny’s sofa. When Gardner decides to sell his house and move away, Jenny feels an empty hole in her life. He had brought her some happiness and she wonders if she will ever feel that again.
The Bright Side of Disaster paints the story of a young woman coming to terms with things in her life. Jenny wanted to marry first then have a baby but life sometimes gives one’s lemons and this is one of those times. She has ambition and drive as she struggles to make each day count. Katherine Center shows how a single mother often has to change a lifestyle completely when a child is brought into the world. She incorporates feisty women into the story, who prove they do not always need a man attached to their arm to get things done. Sometimes Dean comes across as a flake, while Gardner shows his strength and even the human side of him when he feels a bit threatened. This fun, clever read, not only has a touch of humor, but leaves a feel good feeling. I really enjoyed it!
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