I read MR. AND MRS. AMERICAN PIE by Juliet McDaniel in September as a light palate cleanser between my other serious books. I was so happy to be gifted this book by Ink House publishers. While it took me a little while to get to it, I was so happy I did because it was quite quirky and fun.
This is my first novel by Juliet McDaniel.
Mr. & Mrs. American Pie by Juliet McDaniel
Overview – Spoiler Alert: Low
The year is 1969. Dick Nixon was just sworn in as the thirty-seventh President of the United States. Neil Armstrong just took one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind. And notable Palm Springs socialite Maxine Simmons just found out that her husband is leaving her for his twenty-two-year-old secretary.
After a public meltdown at Thanksgiving, Maxine finds herself not only divorced, but exiled to Scottsdale, Arizona. However, these desert boondocks will not be her end―only her Elba. The former beauty queen sets her eyes on a new crown: that of the Mrs. American Pie pageant, awarded to the nation’s best wife and mother.
Maxine only has one problem: to win the crown she’ll need to find―or build―a family of her own.
– Synopsis taken from the book
Review – Spoiler Alert: Low
Mr. & Mrs. American Pie sounds really silly and ridiculous from reading the synopsis alone, but if I had to put it in a category, it would be “hilarious laugh out loud satire”. I really needed a book to take me away from the ‘heavier’ books I was reading, and this book did just that. Maxine is quite the character – self absorbed, superficial socialite, who’s married to a wealthy businessman. He divorces her and she gets exiled in Arizona, but Maxine vows to recreate her life and go back to Palm Springs one day. Watching Maxine plan her come back and her crazy adventures had me laughing out loud so hard my cheeks hurt.
While this book was extremely zany, and laugh out loud hilarious the author did a good job of using Maxine’s journey to highlight some real social issues that were very much real in the seventies.
Pick up this book if you are looking for a wild, laugh out loud ride!
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