Margie McDougal works for Big Brother Insurance Company and the San Fernando Valley. She is married and has two high school age delinquent daughters. Margie’s life is out of control. She has been put on probation at Big Brother Insurance Company because of lack of production, they have twenty-seven dollars in their checking account, not enough for the electric bill which is due, and her husband Mike, overwhelmed with his own job, has a better relationship with his six pack of Coors than her. The last straw that topples her is a letter that arrives requesting her presence at a truancy hearing for her oldest daughter. Margie just can’t handle it anymore, and she devises a plan to run away.
On Friday afternoon Margie visits the bank and cashes in a CD her father had left her. She had been saving it for her daughters’ college education, but that seems implausible at this point; running away is a better use of the money. Armed with traveler’s checks and cash she goes home more determined to fly. The next morning after the girls feigned a trip to the library to get out of their restrictions, and Mike goes to get a haircut Margie packed a suitcase, left a note and called a cab. Margie starts her new life in San Francisco. Quickly she realizes the need to find a job and a place to live. She finds a new job she excels at, and a supportive roommate situation. These new people in her life give her the support she craves.
The focus of this book is Margie’s journey to her true self, and a realization of what was missing in her and Mike’s marriage. Her relationship with herself is the most important in this story. An event at the end of the book took me by surprise and shakes Margie’s new found independence. If I would be asked to classify this book, I would put it in Chick-Lit, not romance. A good clean read, that will make you ponder what you would do in Margie’s situation.
Reviewed by McEckK for Romance Man
3 out 5 stars