by Wendy French
Category: Fiction / Romance
301 pages; ISBN: 0765313499
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Forge, Jan 2005, $12.95, 301 pp.
In Bent Harbor, Washington, waitress Jody Rogers, tired of her butt being pinched by middle age patrons like odious used car king Marty McDade, informs her boss at Dean’s Ocean Galley that she quits. Dean seems elated as he accepts her resignation with aplomb saying he has her shift covered. Near tears, Jody heads home feeling she was fired to tell her lover Chris what happened. When Chris steps out of the shower, Jody finds he is washing her cousin Beth. At twenty-seven, Jody is staring over seeking employment, a place to live and a new man.
Everyone in town offers advice to Jody though no one really knows how she is to find a job, a room (her parents no longer have space for her) and a non-cheating male. Jody considers fleeing to Seattle with her dreams shattered and no prospects at home. Of course the benefit of running away is that she would leave just in time to miss her tenth high school reunion. Still Jody believes she can recover perhaps by wiggling her way back into Dean’s Ocean Galley.
This is a delightful chick lit tale starring a wonderful protagonist, who in a few short hours watched her world collapse. The story line is lighthearted yet furbishes a deep character study as the audience gets a close look at Jody and her struggles to rebound although her simple dreams devastated. Though perhaps a bit too lighthearted with a fun cast of eccentric inane townsfolk starting with her non-SMOTHERING parents, GOING COASTAL is a strong fable of remain true to yourself regardless of setbacks.
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