Genre: Contemporary Romance
by Michael Bosso
When a broken marriage meets a elderly wise woman, lessons are learned, futures are changed, new opportunities present themselves.
Written from a male perspective, this is a must read for anyone in a troubled relationship, or just trying to make it through the day. Sometimes humorous, sometimes serious, but always entertaining.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
As a marriage blogger I don’t often come across works of fiction that are of the “marriage-saving” variety. Self-Help and practical books are usually what I find on this subject, so it was refreshing to read this novel’s theme and the lessons contained within. Michael Booso’s debut novel “Cherisse” puts you front and center into the midst of a troubled marriage with three kids. The couple, Steve and Mary, have been married for a number of years and life has done more than it’s share of getting in the way of love. There is very little, if any, love left. After moving to a new neighborhood, the couple befriends their elderly neighbor, the Ninety year old Cherisse, whose life experience has taught her how to live and how to love. She immediately goes to work on the young couple, but Steve is not going to make it easy for her. Told from Steve’s perspective, the story will have you going back and forth between cheering him on… or wanting to wring his neck!
“During one of those stupid little projects (aka opportunities for her to instill her wisdom into me), I asked her about it. This project she needed help with was gluing a broken antique plate back together. Apparently it can be done with time, patience, and gentle care. Either that old lady thinks I’m a moron, or I just don’t understand metaphors, because it was becoming a daily occurrence. Nobody could break this much crap without intent”
Steve is a typical guy. He’s a hard working husband and father. By everyone’s account he is a “good man”. That’s why he cannot fathom why this isn’t enough for his wife Mary. He finds that after all these years, he not that fond of her either. So when his neighbor Cherisse begins giving him “lessons” in life he resists strongly. Like most men who don’t understand women, he cannot see the clues laid out in front on him. Can Cherisse impart all her wisdom and experience into Steve and Mary before it’s too late?
“Cherisse, I truly appreciate what you are trying to do… that’s just not so easy to do when you have three kids, a job, responsibilities. I can’t just run off and take a trip.”
Steve is funny and his heart is in the right place. Seeing him go through the events and how he justifies his thoughts and actions in the book is more realistic than most books I’ve read in a long time. In today’s world where men and women throw away marriages so easily, I found it comforting to read a story like this one to remind me to count the blessings that I already have and that what I want is already in front of me.
*NOTE: This book contains two brief sex scenes and depicts oral sex. While done tastefully it may not be for everyone.*
I really do wish I can find more books like this.