ARC Review: I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around by Ann Wertz Garvin

Book Blurb

Everything is falling apart in Tig Monahan's life. Her mother's memory is going (dementia), her boyfriend is gone (Hawaii), her absent sister shows up long enough to have a baby (and then leaves again, without the baby) and her job as a therapist has disappeared after a contentious couples' therapy session goes horribly and honestly sideways. Oh, and then there's the whole thing about the family secret that nobody saw coming.

But Tig is a survivor (she hopes) who manages to stumble and step her way to a new job, new truths, new outlooks and a new lease on life.


Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Tig Monahan’s mother has Alzheimer’s and she has recently put her in Hope House. Her boyfriend, Pete, is taking a sabbatical in Hawaii and wants her to go with him. She has agreed and has quit her counseling job. However she doesn’t feel right about leaving her mother, especially since her sister is nowhere to be found.

Tig’s world is changing. She gets a shock from Pete and her sister Wendy. Her life turns into a whirlwind. She has a new job, no Pete, Wendy, her mother and her own sanity to worry about. Then when Wendy skips town again, Tig can’t believe what she left her to deal with.

Then there is this mystery about her mother. Tig keeps getting these memories and clues about her mother. Her mother will say things that don’t make sense. Dr. Jensen adds to the mystery. Tig has no idea what to do about any of it.

This book was good. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was very real. The characters were flawed and human. Tig tries to do what is right even when she doesn’t know what is right. She is obvious the glue in her family right now, the responsible one.

I love how she flips out and gets overwhelmed. It’s very realistic. I could see this happening to someone I know. She is also struggling with what she wants. What makes this story great is that when she figures it out, she has the courage to go after it. Great read. Loved it. I give it a 4.5 out of 5.

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