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Otherwise Engaged
by Eileen Goudge

Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0743483189

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


Otherwise Engaged
Eileen Goudge
Pocket, Mar 2005, $24.00
ISBN: 0743483189

Dude ranch owner Erin Delahanty gave up the Big Apple to marry her Willow Creek, Arizona high school sweetheart Skip. They have a fourteen years old daughter Kayla, but Skip skips out on his wife because he feels she is not there for him.

Erin’s best friend Jessica lives in New York writing magazine articles. She is seeing Jewish divorcee Jonathon, NY Bureau Chief for CTN, but compares poorly to his ex-wife Rebecca in the eyes of his Long Island parents and children on the grounds of religious and motherly objections.

An editor friend offers Jessica an assignment to see if the grass is greener elsewhere. Jessica and Erin will switch lives for six months and provide insight in a series of articles as events unfold. However, not only do each learn to appreciate the other, they begin to understand other relationships especially with loved ones.

This entertaining contemporary tale stars two prime players (the switcheroo duo) and a fine support cast; all of whom are likable yet seem unable to get along; no one is a villain. Thus the audience gets an opportunity to observe the difficulty of wearing someone else’s moccasins. Though a romance between Jessica and an Arizona native adds a love interest that subplot seems unnecessary to a fine tale in which the moral is be thankful with what you got because the grass is as green on your side as that of your friends and neighbors.

Harriet Klausner


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