Friday, November 8, 2013

Review of These Foolish Things by Susan Thatcher

These Foolish Things
Susan Thatcher
Rating: 4 Groupie Stars


 Meet Elizabeth Gardner. She's given up on being anything but a single woman who plays a supporting role in the lives of those around her. Fate, however, has a different plan for her. During a softball game, handsome, successful Tyrone Hadley literally runs into her and a stealthy kiss opens a world of new possibilities to her. What might have been "happily ever after" in most stories is just the beginning. Is love strong enough to survive?

I really really loved this book and the characters. There were so many emotions I went through while reading Liz and Ty's story happiness, amusement, love, hate, pain, and sadness. The story has a great flow, and I enjoyed the writing style. The story is in third person so you don't get as much of the main characters personal thoughts as I would have liked ( I would have loved to get inside Ty's head). The prologue sets the layout for the whole book. I really enjoyed how the author did this, and we got to look into the past and how Liz and Ty began.

“You know, I’m looking at this collection. If an archaeologist found it a thousand years from now, he could piece together our story. Well, with a little help here and there. I’ll show you right now. Don’t worry, we have plenty of time.”

The book starts out with Ty in the hospital "unresponsive", and Liz being told they would not know anything for sure for 12 hours. Liz goes through his briefcase and finds all kinds of mementos that tell of their love story. Since she has 12 hours to wait, she recalls all of their story. Liz and Ty both work in law offices. They first meet at a Lawyers League softball game,where they literally smack right into each other. They are on opposing teams and Liz's team wins. The next run in is in court where they are opposing lawyers, and Liz wins again. However they are both threatened with a contempt of court violation from crazy Judge Mcafferty and can either serve some time or go on a date with each other. Of course, they decide to go on the date and that's where they both start to fall for one another.

Neither of the main characters had a healthy upbringing. Ty had a mother who left when he was 15 and a father who's career was his life. Liz had a critical and unhappy mother and an alcoholic father.  She was also picked on by kids in school and has major self image issues. However Ty is there to show how am amazing and beautiful she is and to help her get past her demons. 

"There are women who know they're beautiful because everyone tells them so" "and they expect the world to acknowledge it. You can see it in their faces." "But a  woman who is unaware of her glory puts them to shame.”

Ty also has his own demons. He like his father becomes obsessed with his work and eventually turns to alcohol to cope. Now it is Liz's turn to be there for him and help him overcome his past and his mistakes. Ty and Liz have so much in common and are both hilarious and witty around each, and that is really what makes their relationship work. There were times where I both loved and Ty, but in the end he realizes what really is important. The supporting characters make the story so much better and entertaining. I loved Liz's best friend Millie the banter between the two is hilarious.

“It’s late in the game and you’re giving up more hits than a porno web site. You’re out of gas.”

Ahhh the end!!!! There was no resolution. We don't find out if Ty is ok. Is he going to wake up? Will they finally get their HEA? I NEED TO KNOW NOW. Can't wait to read At Last the Sequel to These Foolish Things!

Susan Thatcher was born in New Hampshire and raised in Vermont, graduating from the University of Vermont (including a stint in Salisbury, South Australia as an exchange student starting in January 1982. She hates winter that much). She contributed occasional articles to UVM’s newspaper, the Vermont Cynic. Susan has also contributed to Morning Edition on NPR (they read her letter on the air.), the Boca Raton News and, a news parody website. Susan also earned a Juris Doctor from Franklin Pierce Law Center.

She presently lives in Southern California because the climate and topography suit her. And she is writing more material.

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