Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Stressed In Scottsdale by Marcia Fine is a book that is true to the title. In the story, Jean Ruben is incredibly stressed out. Her husband Maury is a semi-retired doctor who persuades her to attend green meetings when she is already overbooked. Her mother is demanding, and her daughter wants more of her time. Jean is at the end of her rope and unable to manage the demands of her life on any given day.

Her best friends April and Glee try to help her find some sanity and encourage her to become more involved in her community. Jean picks her battles, and chooses to fight one of significant proportions when she makes it her mission to stop Flora Beaudreaux from becoming a legislator in their community. Flora was responsible for Jean getting fired from her job and all because Flora’s daughter was in the habit of not doing her homework. Jean is interested in helping Craig Burton beat Flora, but the odds are there will be a mixed level of success.

Closer to home, Jean’s daughter and son-in-law are interested in starting a family. They call Jean for money to go on a fertility vacation, even though they face other issues, such as unemployment. Jean is also forced to care for her ailing mother, who is in the throes of grief after her husband passed away. Once again, Jean feels that she is unable to make any headway anywhere in her life.

The story adds some twists for readers, including a robbery, and just rewards for people who deserve it. In the end, Jean does finally find a way to manage her stress and masters the techniques that will increase the quality of her life. And what are the secrets that Jean discovers? It starts with meditation, taking it easy and enjoying the love of her family. And that is what we all want from life, if we are able to be completely honest with ourselves. Stressed In Scottsdale is a fun book to read, and one for readers of any age to enjoy.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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 Marcia Fine. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.