An easy beach read. Maggie Sheets is a 38-year-old single mother of a two-year-old. College educated, she quickly learns that she can earn more money housecleaning (which she enjoys doing) for the wealthy in New York City. She becomes friends with a lesbian bipolar author, Liza Brennan, but falls out with her when Liza steals her short story character for a successful novel.
Later, Liza commits suicide, and leaves her beach house in Sag Harbor to Maggie. There's just one catch - Liza's 82-year-old widowed mother with Alzheimer's, Edith, comes with it.
The plot is pretty predictable, but as I said, it's a quick and easy read. Edith's friend Esther is a bit over the top. I would have liked less of her and of Maggie's daughter Lucy, who is far too talkative for a two-year-old and in the book too much. Instead, learning a little more about Liza, and finding out what happens with Lucy's father and with Maggie's father (from whom she is estranged, but beginning to forgive by the end of the book), would have been far more interesting.
Not a waste of time, but not a book I would read again.
© Amanda Pape - 2016
[This paperback will be donated to the local library Friends group.]