by Pamela Morsi

March 2003
ISBN: 1-55166-656-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Ellen Jameson is ”downsizing” her life, she prefers to use this term instead of widowed, broke and/or homeless all of which describe her currently. After her husbands death she is forced to sell their business and home to pay off their debt. In tow she has her twenty-one-year-old party-girl daughter Amber, and three-year-old granddaughter Jet. Ellen and the girls have moved in with her mother Wilma, a woman who has been married to many times to count.

Ellen also has a new job with The Cowboy of Taxes they deal with clients who are down on their luck-it’s perfect considering everything that Ellen has been through lately. Ellen stands firm on her belief that life is what you make it, and in San Antonio Texas, four generations of women are going to discover that and more.

Pamela Morsi gives us a touching and sometimes difficult look at family. Ellen was a wonderful lead heroine she was very optimistic even though things seemed to not be going her way. Amber was often times rude and I felt like slapping her, and she seemed not to care about her daughter Jet and that also really got to me. Ellen at one point puts her foot down and forces Amber to take more responsibility for her actions. Jet was a cute child but seemed older than three based on the way that she talked and her sometimes-serious nature, her childlike innocence brought something extra special to the story. Wilma was quite a character I really enjoyed her and some of her “philosophies” on life, including the fact that she thought a man could solve all of her troubles and she sets out to get one. I really enjoyed reading this story very much but I wish that there was more romance interwoven, Wilma and Amber both had romantic possibilities that were not explored further. The ending was very touching and I was hoping it would be a little longer; I would love to know what becomes of this family.

Reviewed in May 2003 by Ronica.

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