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Exes and Ohs
by Beth Kendrick

Category: Fiction / General
320 pages; ISBN: 0743470354

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


Exes and Ohs
Beth Kendrick
Downtown, Apr 2005, $13.00, 320 pp.
ISBN: 0743470354

Six months ago following the wedding rehearsal dinner, Dr. Dennis Schell informed his fiancée child psychologist Dr. Gwen Traynor that he “needs Lisa”. Though hurt by the jilting, Gwen has moved on and has since met Alex Coughlin, a new trustee on the children’s clinic board at the mental health clinic where she works.

Gwen and Alex start seeing one another and begin to fall in love. However, her newest child client Leo is the son of soap opera actress Harmony, who dated Alex at one time. Leo turns out to be Alex’s son that he never knew he had. Gwen backs out of the relationship so that Harmony can reestablish one with her son’s biological father. However, Leo and Harmony turn to Gwen to help them with Alex.

This is a fabulous relationship comedic-drama that will grip the audience the moment that Alex recognizes “Gwen Taylor” and never slows down until the final Elvis consideration. The story line contains a multitude of complex relationships to include the foursome mentioned above and the delightful best friend Cesca (whose Aretha rendition of R-E-B-O-U-N-D is a classic example of irony); yet somehow Beth Kendrick keeps them consistent and personalities unswerving. Part satire mixed with a serious message, fans will give “A” to the sharp EXES AND OHS.

Harriet Klausner


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