In The D Word, two women decide to take matters into their own hands and do what they initially think will make them happy. Jordan, a spiritual counselor (do NOT call her a psychic!) who has unfortunately been unable to see down the path of her own marriage, is no longer happy and asks her husband, Kevin, for a divorce without the benefits of trying counseling. As the day comes to finally sign the divorce papers, she realizes that Kevin seems to be moving on while she is stuck behind. She starts wondering if she has made a big mistake, for herself and for their son, Max.
Elle, a writer who archives for her readers the torment that is the singles scene, leaves her fiancé only weeks before their wedding when she cannot shake the feeling that it just isn’t meant to be. This decision doesn’t only sever Elle from Chase but from his sister, Taylor, who has been her best friend since college. It also sets his crazy mother on her tail, accusing her of making a huge mistake and irrevocably breaking Chase’s heart. Elle begins to wonder: did I make a mistake not marrying Chase and giving our relationship a chance?
Elle and Jordan are soon thrown together when Elle and Kevin begin dating. Jordan becomes determined to put her family back together now that Kevin is outside her reach. She sets her sights on destroying Kevin and Elle’s relationship, something that is tenuous as it is since Elle has always been scared of love and ready to run before someone else leaves her first. She begins to care deeply not only for Kevin but for Max and worries that she is going beyond the point of no return. When Jordan continues to stoop to new lows to win Kevin back and ultimately uses her spiritual gifts to dig up dirt on Elle and Chase’s unresolved issues, it seems there is no way either woman will end up happy with the choices they are trying to make. Now that they both know life is not always greener on the other side, will they ever be able to be happy again and not destroy others in the process?
The D Word is an exceptionally fun and gleaming example of what makes a great chick lit novel. It could be that I am the same age as the heroines in the book and that I am also somewhat of a reality television connoisseur, but I absolutely loved the numerous pop culture references. My only complaint is that Jordan was so unlikeable for the majority of the story. I understand this was necessary to show the full growth of her character, but I spent the bulk of the time hoping she eventually paid for her manipulations and selfishness. While I ended up with lukewarm feelings for her I would have enjoyed her storyline more if she didn’t act so laissez faire about the harm she was doing to others.
As a total package, The D Word will not disappoint lovers of chick lit and women’s literature. So grab your bottle of Pinot, sit out in the sun and enjoy.
Colleen lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband, son and pet fish. When not working or taking care of her family she has her nose stuck in a book (and, let’s face it, often when she is working or taking care of her family as well). Nothing excites her more than discovering a new author to obsess over or a hidden jewel of a book to worship.
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