Thursday, November 24, 2016

Days Like These by Sue Margolis

She's a widow who is still mourning the loss of her husband.  When her daughter and her husband have the opportunity to go overseas and help those trying to recover from a natural disaster, she agrees to take care of her grandchildren.  She's raised her own, how hard could it be to raise two more?  Harder than she thinks...

Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 6th.

Judy is a very nice lady who doesn't realize how school has changed from when her children went.  These children are in a private school, they have sports and lessons after class, and they never really have any time to relax and be a kid.  That bothers her but everyone else is doing the same thing and that's what her daughter wants, so she lets it go.  In time, it becomes an even bigger problem.

Judy meets Ginny, another grandmother, and they talk about the children and the incidents that seem to crop up.  Judy manages to get crossways with most influential mother in the school and things keep happening that make her worry about what's going on with the children.  The simplest thing said or done is broadcast over the entire school.  The snooty mother thinks the children need counseling.  Judy disagrees.

When she meets an attractive grandfather, she's says no when he asks her out for coffee.  Her mother gives her a bad time and she finally says yes.  Unfortunately, he's the father of the snooty mother from school.  Her interest grows and she starts spending nights over while her mother watches the children.  He's even told her he loves her.

Then her grandson is accused of stealing an iPad at camp.  He says he didn't do it.  There are witnesses who say he did.  One of them is the snooty mother's son.  And his grandfather believes in him.

This women's fiction story is filled with trauma and drama and tension that finally comes to a head at the end of the book.  Things finally settle back down and all ends as well as it could.  Most times life doesn't go as we plan it and this book is a fine example of that.

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