Reviewed by Poppy J.

Lucy, her husband Trent and their teenage daughter Sam lead a charmed life. That is, until Trent decides that his life and marriage are not satisfying to him. He decides to leave Lucy on a whim, and gets involved with a co-worker. Lucy attempts to rearrange her life with Sam, to keep it as normal as possible, but does end up spending time with a co-worker of her own, with similarly bad results.

Each chapter in Chronicles of a Midlife Crisis are titled either “Lucy” or “Trent,” as the characters give their own versions of the breakup, make up, snogging sessions and remorse over their actions. The story line feels as a newly single-gal’s rite of passage type of tale – on what to do after the husband walks out. Things turn slightly mad-cap after both Lucy and Trent are caught in embarrassing sexual situations with co-workers. The book explores real feelings, self-doubt, self-pity and guilt, while allowing the characters the opportunity to find confidence in themselves when they finally make a move to do the right thing for the family unit.

There are several unrealistic scenarios in Chronicles of a Midlife Crisis, but readers will still enjoy the characters’ progress towards self-discovery and learning what really matters after all. This book is recommended for mature audiences due to adult infidelity themes and some strong language (humor with swearing).

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Berkley Trade. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.