My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There are a lot of novels out there about middle-aged women struggling with a marriage that has gone stale after years of routine and child rearing. What sets Luck, Love & Lemon Pie apart from the multitudes is the main character, MJ. Often when female characters are written as strong and self-reliant, they come off as a caricature of what we think those women should be. MJ is real. She is strong; she is self-reliant, but she has weaknesses and is more vulnerable than she knows. It is fascinating to watch as she goes from being a force of nature to a coward hiding in a poker room to a screw up that makes many wrong turns rather than have a tough conversation with her husband to someone who finally realizes she needs other people as much as they need her.
There are some absurd bits to the story (like the $1 million chip seduction and the coffee shop confession) and the sexy Doyle whose character just falls flat, but it is fun with a wonderful message about love, and marriage being about opening yourself up completely to you partner. Plus I really want to try that Lemon Pie recipe!