5.0 out of 5 stars A walk on the wild side? November 15, 2014
Readers can take a walk on the wild side (not Lou Reedish) in one setting with this quick easy read. Perhaps some readers, such as this reviewer, will consider it a bit “wild” for a couple who have been married for thirty-five years to flirt with infidelity. They will both be tempted. What made me feel this was a bit unusual was that the couple we meet in “Help Wanted”, is introduced as happy empty-nesters. Couples can appear to be happy to the outside world, but are they really? The plot resonated with me because I shocked friends and family by ending a marriage after twenty-six years and three different marriage counselors. (It had been dead for years, but that’s another story.)
“Help Wanted” is the second in a trilogy of stories billed as “A River’s Edge Romantic Suspense.” Charmaine Gordon writes books about women, baby boomers, who survive and thrive. Her motto is, “Take one step and then another to leave your past behind and begin again.” Gordon has been busy turning out six books and several short stories in three years. She’s always at work on the next story. Charmaine Gordon may be the hardest working author I know, certainly for a woman whose children are baby boomers.
Meet Steve and Sally Atwood.
He was recently given a golden handshake without the parachute.
Now the white shirt and tie guy is a handyman around town.
She’s looking for work.
She hopes to find an outlet for her creativity and journalistic talents.
Both are surprised when they discover what each really seeks and how their personal needs at this point in their lives converge and diverge.
Therein lies the suspense.
Can they manage what they find out about themselves and each other?
Life throws us curves and fastballs every day. How big is the strike zone and can the Atwoods manage the change-up pitch?
Adult readers of all ages can identify with the Atwoods and will be challenged to question themselves and the decisions they make. Cultural references will certainly appeal to boomers and the author has thoughtfully included explanations for the younger reader to connect.
Readers will also enjoy a vicarious performance for military veterans by canine performers representing Paws for a Cause.
Most baby boomers I know would still be teenagers were it not for mirrors and cameras.
The Atwoods are no different.
Will they have a happy ending?
Romance is not my preferred genre when I select the next book to read. “Help Wanted” was good enough to keep me clicking to the next page on my e-book reader.
Thanks, dear Readers, the next dance is for you.