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My Mr. Manny
Written by Jennifer GarciaGenre: Contemporary Romance
3.0 on the Masq Scale
Arushi R.'s Review
A husband and wife who had know each other since they were kids. That makes everyone go awww! We just assume it's the sweetest love story of all time and they will live forever and ever. Jennifer Garcia breaks that awww image. Even the cutest love marriage can become rocky and end up in divorce. One cliché love story was substituted by other - Love Thy Nanny! Divorced and trying to get the pieces of her life together while taking care of her daughter Lucia, Mia enlists the help of a Nanny who turns out to be Manny and well as they say, and the rest is history.
I was pleased by the strong characters but disappointed that neither characters nor various life changing events had enough time or pages to be explored in depth. The story starts with Mia as a kid, in love, getting pregnant, getting married, stuck in a rut, finding husband with another woman, divorcing, starting on with life, falling in love with her Nanny and on and on. At times it was like looking at a slideshow. On the other hand, not only main characters but the "secondary" characters were also well formed.
Unlike most of the Romance novel with an Alpha Male and Damsel in Distress, we have a strong woman who knows what she wants. The way she takes the control of her wife and not drowns in gloom and doom was so refreshing. A man who used to be in Wall Street was comfortable enough to be a Nanny and soft, loving and paternal with Lucia was also a nice change. Only a true man doesn't try to be "Macho".
Obviously there were obstacles - Society, Convention and all the other pricks that should be obsolete but they are not. All in all it is a sweet and easy read especially the titles of each chapter. I couldn't help but smile when each chapter started with one of the long lost games I used to play when I was a kid.
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