by Leigh K. Cunningham (Goodreads Author)
Mace Evans is single at thirty-eight. When her much unloved older sister, Shannon, declares that Mace is anti-social, she embarks on a journey to understand her condition; whether she was born that way or if it is the accumulation of thirty-eight years of unfortunate encounters with other humans and dogs.
For reasons unbeknown to Mace, she has an affair with a work colleague, which brings an unexpected end to her perfect marriage. And as if the self-imposed torture and regret is not enough, Mace endures ongoing judgment from her older sister and mother, which further exacerbates already tenuous relationships.
With support from her four best friends, merlot and pizza, and with guidance from her life coach and mentor, Oscar Wilde, Mace recovers to a degree, but in her quest to understand her anti-social ways, she finds herself wondering about the quality of the fabric that keeps her network of friends intact.
When Mace's mother is diagnosed with cancer, Mace searches for common ground on which to connect before it is too late.
This books starts of a little slow but picks up momentum near the middle.
The first half of the book is mainly spent on character development and the main character, Mace, living the same life events over and over.
The books picks up when Mace starts to make some changes in her life and realizes that some aspects of being anti-social are ok but there are things she needs to work on. My favorite parts are her wine, chocolate, and movie indulgent. Every girl can relate to that! I was hoping that Mace would hook up with Cam, the personal trainer, but that might have been to predictable. At first I hated Rudy for using Mace but he kept popping up in the story and he grew on me.
There are a lot of story lines going on with all the different character but my favorite is Kimba. I love her free spirit, accepting personality. I was sad with her she lost Poppy and happy with her when she had Violet. Amber was also a good time, I think everyone has a friend like her that you love to hate!
Overall, a bit of a slow read but worth it in the end. I would give it 3 out of 5 stars.