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May 26, 2023

Seven Exes by Lucy Vine ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

A delightful rom-com about a woman who decides to revisit each of her seven exes, convinced that one of them is “the one who got away.” 

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book cover of romantic comedy Seven Exes by Lucy Vine
June 2023; Harper Perennial; 978-0063299849
audio, ebook, print (432 pages); romantic comedy

Esther is approaching 30 years old and is upset that she hasn't found her perfect man who will love her no matter what.  She's in a bar with her two best friends and finds an old magazine article that there are seven kinds of relationships and that one of them WILL provide the perfect man.  She realizes that her seven past men fit these seven categories and that one of them must have been her perfect match that she allowed to get away.  So she and her two friends come up with a plan that she'll find each of the past seven men to see if one of them was really her perfect match.  Finding her soulmate isn’t as simple as she hoped it would be. Her quest brings lots of laughs and lots of tears to her life as she works her way through getting to know the seven men and it even makes her face up to her mistakes in the relationships.  

As Esther got to know each of the seven men again, the storyline went back to the past so that we could learn how she met them and what caused the relationship to end.  I was a bit confused with the time changes at first but once I realized what was going on, I thought that it was a great way to give us a picture of each man in the beginning in comparison to the man they were now.  

My one negative opinion about this book is that I thought that Esther was very immature for 30 and was too obsessed with having a perfect life with a perfect man.  I am willing to say that my attitude toward Esther is probably the fact that I'm well beyond 30 and don't remember how I was approaching life at that age.  I did enjoy seeing her growth throughout the book and was rooting for her to find her happily ever after.  I really enjoyed the importance of female friendship highlighted in this book.  No matter what Esther was going through or how stupid she was acting (or how drunk she was), her two friends were always there to help her out.

If you are looking for a book that will make you laugh, make you angry and disgusted in parts, and gross you out, this is the book for you.  I really enjoyed it!

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Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.

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