Book Review – The Opposite of Maybe by Maggie Dawson

oppositeAuthor: Maggie Dawson

Pages: 400

Publisher: Broadway Books

Summary:  Jonathan and Rosie have been together so long they finish each other’s sentences—so when he (finally) proposes and asks her to move across the country with him, everyone is happily surprised.

But when things suddenly unravel, Rosie sends Jonathan packing and moves back home with Soapie, the irascible, opinionated grandmother who raised her. Only now she has to figure out how to fire Soapie’s very unsuitable caregiver, a gardener named Tony who lets her drink martinis, smoke, and cheat at Scrabble.

It’s a temporary break, of course—until Rosie realizes she’s accidentally pregnant at 44, completely unequipped for motherhood, and worse, may be falling in love with the sentimental, troubled Tony, whose life is even more muddled than hers.
It’s not until Rosie learns the truth about her mother’s tragic story that she wonders if sometimes you have to let go of your fears, trusting that the big-hearted, messy life that awaits you may just be the one you were meant to live.

My Review: I requested this book thinking it was YA fiction (ok, so I skimmed the description) and was a little disappointed when I realized it wasn’t. I began the book reluctantly, but was quickly absorbed by the story.

A long-term relationship changes with a spontaneous marriage proposal and new business venture which leaves the main character, Rosie questioning her life. Added to the turmoil is the discovery of an unplanned pregnancy at age 44 (which she claims is too old to be having a baby.) Instead of marrying and moving across the country, Rosie moves in with her elderly grandmother and her handsome caregiver.

What begins as reluctant cohabitation soon turns into an enduring friendship. Along the way, we have some funny and poignant moments.

The characters were real, and the story is presented in the present tense unlike many novels which use past tense. That took a little getting used to, but I hardly noticed the difference.

I particularly enjoyed Tony’s character, as he was the most genuine and guileless. I hope I meet someone like that one day.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this copy from Blogging for Books for an honest review.

 

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