Relative Happiness by Lesley Crew
|December 16, 2013||Posted by Darlene Tobin under Drama, Fiction, Romance|
Published by Nimbus Publishing
Reviewed by Darlene Tobin
Lexi Ivy is very content with her quiet life as a librarian in small town Glace Bay, Cape Breton; that is until Adrian Davenport shows up during the practice for their annual play. Over coffee, Adrian reveals that he biked across the country and hopes to take refuge in Glace Bay for a while. He enlists Lexi’s help in finding a B&B. But with an extra bedroom and in need of extra money, she offers him a room in her home. Over the next six weeks, Adrian and Lexi live a comfortable existence in her home and she enjoys his daily presence; so much so she finds herself falling for him. Her family questions her sanity for inviting a stranger in her home, but they nonetheless organize a dinner party to meet the infamous Adrian. Lexi’s sisters are all dressed up and beautiful as usual while Lexi dresses in her usual curtain skirt that covers all of what she does not want noticed. At the party, Lexi feels insecure when she notices the look taking place between Adrian and her sister Gabby–a look of pure lust that comes from all men when they see the beautiful and flawless Gabby. The next day she finds Adrian and Gabby in an intimate situation and feeling betrayed and confused she flees. Returning home a few days later she learns from her mother that Gabby left her fiancé and ran off with Adrian.
Months later, at the encouragement of her mother, Lexi spends time with friends at their cottage in an attempt to get away and forget about Adrian. She meets Joss and they begin a “no strings attached” relationship but say good-bye at the end of the week. She later learns she is pregnant and then happily welcomes baby boy Joshua into her life – a baby boy that looks so much like his dad. Not knowing how to contact the baby’s father, she prepares to raise Joshua as a single parent. But that’s not the only change in Lexi’s life: her father passes away, her nephew dies, Adrian and Gabby split up, and she forgives her sister for taking Adrian from her. And then both Adrian (who claims to have always loved her) and Joss (who never forgot her) unexpectedly come back into her life. Can life get any more complicated?
Relative happiness is a delightful read. The author captures the beauty of a traditional Cape Breton life style – bringing it alive and captivating the reader’s mind by visually portraying a real family’s struggle to overcome life’s hurts and disappointments and creating a stronger family bond as a result.
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