Olivia Wallace is approaching her fiftieth birthday. Now probably this isn’t the kind of major milestone we look forward to–at least it wasn’t for me!–but we’re all going to get there sooner or later if we live long enough. But Olivia has a special dread for it, because she has a ‘birthday curse.’ Something has gone wrong around the time of many of her major birthday celebrations. Not little things, either. The death of her husband a few years back and, for her 48th, a diagnosis of cancer were only two of her birthday gifts.
Her next-door neighbor sends Olivia to Florida to house-sit the neighbor’s mom’s house, a great escape from both an Ohio winter and the birthday curse, or so Liv hopes. Whatever trauma Liv has gone through on previous birthdays, this one will be different. And it is, hilariously so.
From an elderly neighbor who swims in her pool every morning at the crack of dawn to the dog with the lampshade collar, Liv is not having quite the vacation she expected. Because there is also the man-next-door–and his flirtatious twenty-something son. And don’t forget the alligator.
Sandra Bricker has been billed as the Laugh-Out-Loud Inspirational Romance Author, and The Big 5-Oh! does not disappoint. This is the third novel I’ve read by Sandie, and I think it’s the strongest one so far.
For Sandra’s guest post on writing with her muse, click here.