by Diane Louise
Suddenly single and unexpectedly poor, it’s definitely safe to say that Alexis Harland is not living the life of her dreams.
Although she’s determined that nothing, not one little thing, will stop her return from poverty. Well, almost nothing. Her pride might get in the way a little. And possibly her family. And maybe the fact that she hasn’t got a clue where to start.
Many years ago, Alexis was swept away from life on a caravan park and introduced to a world of riches and glamour. All thanks to a wealthy man who married her, reinvented her… and then dumped her for a younger model at the first sign of cellulite.
Now Alexis is stranded, struggling to keep her head above water and her history a secret from her highbrow friends.
As if that isn’t enough for a woman to deal with, one night she comes home to find a sexy man has landed, quite literally, on her doorstep. A man hell-bent on testing everything Alexis thinks she knows about true happiness.
Caught between the life she knows and her blossoming love, can Alexis afford to let go of her unwavering pride, kiss her social status goodbye and accept that stepping back to square one is sometimes a huge leap forward?
Dating Down by Diane Louise is not only a great romantic comedy, but it is about second chances and finding happiness where you least expected it.
Alexis has found herself not only single but poor when her rich husband leaves her for a younger woman. She isn’t sure how she is supposed to start over after being the dutiful wife who rubbed elbows with the higher classes of society. I have to be honest and say I really was not a fan of her in the beginning. She came across as snobby, thinking she was better than others who had less money than she did. Apparently, she made her mind up when she was younger that she wasn’t going to live in poverty like her parents did. She has worked hard to keep that part of her life secret, but that gets harder when her younger, wilder sister, Candy, shows up drunk on her front porch, along with the taxi driver that wanted to make sure she was safe. From that moment on, her life changes drastically, and she will learn who really loves her. She will also learn a lesson in what really matters in life, and she will have to decide which is more important: the things you have or the way you choose to live your life.
Man, oh man, how I loved Bob, the sweet taxi driver who showed up on her doorstep with her sister. He is all that is good in the world, and I kept praying Alexis would realize it! He definitely has patience with her. He was a driving force in changing how I felt about Alexis. I saw a different side to her, and I liked the person she became by the end of the book.
I can’t leave this review without talking about Candy, Alexis’s sister. It is very rare that a secondary character is full of so much color! I just loved her!!! She owned every scene she was in, and I’m so glad she will be getting her own book.
This is the very first book I have read by Diane Louise, but it definitely won’t be my last!!!!
Diane Louise is a dairy farmer’s wife from the UK who doesn’t know a Holstein from a Hereford.
But what she does know is how to write a funny story. Three years ago she tried to write steamy romance and sucked at it. Honestly, her stiff upper lip made her heroes more wet blankets than wet dreams. With a steely determination to avoid milking the cows, she turned her hand to Romantic Comedy and a star was born. Well, in her mind at least.
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