The Sweet Spot by Amy Poeppel
.ePUB, 400 pages
Expected Publication: 31 Jan 2023
By: Atria Books | Emily Bestler Books
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About The Book:
In the heart of Greenwich Village, three women form an accidental sorority when a baby—belonging to exactly none of them—lands on their collective doorstep. Lauren and her family—lucky bastards—have been granted the use of a spectacular brownstone, teeming with history and dizzyingly unattractive 70s wallpaper. Adding to the home’s bohemian, grungy splendor is the bar occupying the basement, a (mostly) beloved dive called The Sweet Spot. Within days of moving in, Lauren discovers that she has already made an enemy in the neighborhood by inadvertently sparking the divorce of a couple she has never actually met. Melinda’s husband of thirty years has dumped her for a young celebrity entrepreneur named Felicity, and, to Melinda’s horror, the lovebirds are soon to become parents. In her incandescent rage, Melinda wreaks havoc wherever she can, including in Felicity’s Soho boutique, where she has a fit of epic proportions, which happens to be caught on film. Olivia—the industrious twenty-something behind the counter, who has big dreams and bigger debt—gets caught in the crossfire. In an effort to diffuse Melinda’s temper, Olivia has a tantrum of her own and gets unceremoniously canned, thanks to TikTok. When Melinda’s ex follows his lover across the country, leaving their squalling baby behind, the three women rise to the occasion in order to forgive, to forget, to Ferberize, and to track down the wayward parents. But can their little village find a way toward the happily ever afters they all desire? Welcome to The Sweet Spot.
This book was madcap, it was like watching a Three Stooges episode or a Laurel and Hardy movie; I loved that about it. I can't count how many times I literally laughed out loud. I enjoyed so much about this story. I loved Evelyn's character development, the precocious kids were so sweet and funny and heartwarming, the sophistication of Phillip added a touch of class, and the artistic Lauren is a busy mom trying to get her career off the ground again, and who could forget the nerdy Leo who is all heart. The unruly dog Bumper and the Gerbil Pixel that bites just adds to the chaos. I really hated the selfish Russell and felt so bad for his ex-wife, the heartbroken Melinda. I was happy to see her come into her own without him though.
This novel was witty, charming, and engaging while focusing on love, family, dating, friendship, and community. I would love to be friends with Lauren and her family, they were the highlight of the book for me. I adored most of the quirky characters...flaws and all. This is the perfect book for a pick-me-up.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.
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