Review: And One Last Thing
Publisher: Gallery Books
From the cover:
If Singletree’s only florist didn’t deliver her posies half-drunk, I might still be married to that floor-licking, scum-sucking, receptionist-nailing hack-accountant, Mike Terwilliger.”
Lacey Terwilliger’s shock and humiliation over her husband’s philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike’s company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of “administrative support” his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike’s family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say “instant urban legend,” Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town, a media punch line, and the defendant in Mike’s defamation lawsuit.
Her seemingly perfect life up in flames, Lacey retreats to her family’s lakeside cabin, only to encounter an aggravating neighbor named Monroe. A hunky crime novelist with a low tolerance for drama, Monroe is not thrilled about a newly divorced woman moving in next door. But with time, beer, and a screen door to the nose, a cautious friendship develops into something infinitely more satisfying.
Lacey has to make a decision about her long-term living arrangements, though. Should she take a job writing caustic divorce newsletters for paying clients, or move on with her own life, pursuing more literary aspirations? Can she find happiness with a man who tells her what he thinks and not what she wants to hear? And will she ever be able to resist saying one . . . last . . . thing?
And One Last Thing is a fun and sassy account of one woman’s revenge on her husband after being humiliated by him and finding the strength to move on and figure out what to do next with her life.
After discovering and witnessing her husband’s infidelity, Lacey impulsively writes a wickedly funny and sarcastic email to send out to their friends, family, and clients informing them of said infidelity and her announcement for a divorce. Before Lacey has a chance to officially serve Mike with divorce papers, the email spreads like wildfire and she’s forced to evacuate to a more secluded area to allow the media frenzy to die down. Hoping to use the opportunity to sort out her life, Lacey is unpleasantly surprised to find out that Monroe, a divorcee-hating Hugh Jackman look-a-like, has rented out the place next door.
In an isolated area that’s separated from the rest of the world, their relationship starts out a little rocky to say the least. From being neighbors who had an unspoken agreement of “you stay out of my way and I’ll stay out of your way,” their relationship slowly develops into neighborly acquaintances to writing buddies and finally something more.
It was definitely interesting to see how their relationship slowly progressed while in isolation and being apart from civilization. It was almost like an experiment—if they were the last people left on an island, what would happen. There was a point where Lacey wondered if their relationship would of worked out that way if they weren’t isolated and had met in town instead. It’s a different approach and one I haven’t really read about before so I enjoyed the way Harper tackled it.
Before you go on thinking that this was just about their relationship flourishing while be stranded in the middle of nowhere, let me tell you it wasn’t. After officially realizing her relationship with Mike was over, Lacey had to do some serious self reflecting and figure out what to do with her life. Much of the book was also about Lacey “growing up” and coming to terms with the divorce. She had to figure out who she was and what she was going to do next in order to finally accept what has occurred and move on with her life.
And One Last Thing was another book filled with a great cast of characters that made the book exceptionally funny, witty, and entertaining. I would definitely recommend it if you’re look for a light and fun read.