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August 1, 2023

There's No Coming Back from This by Ann Garvin ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

It seems lately that Poppy Lively is invisible to everyone but the IRS.

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book cover of women's fiction novel There's No Coming Back from This by Ann Garvin
August 2023; Lake Union Publishing; 978-1542033596
audio, ebook, print (303 pages); women's fiction

Ann Garvin has brought her readers a new book about a woman working hard to get her life back to normal.  It's a great story with an older female main character, a bunch of great supporting characters and brings smiles to your face as you cheer on the main character as she faces all kinds of adversity to get her life back on track.

Poppy Lively is in trouble.  Her business is failing and her accountant has run off with all of her savings.    The IRS is calling her constantly and since she has no money to pay her taxes, she's in danger of losing her house.  Her only child is in New York city working as a nanny until she starts nursing school in the fall.  One of Poppy's main worries is that she won't have money to pay for her daughter's college so she keeps her current financial fiasco a secret from her daughter.  The only person who knows about it is her best friend Chelsea who is always full of advice.  When she takes her daughter to the airport for her flight to NYC, she runs into an old boyfriend.  She hasn't seen him in years and he's now a hot-shot producer in Hollywood.  She lets him know that she's job hunting and he offers her a job in costumes on his current movie being filmed.  She knows very little about movies and has no idea what the job entails but really how hard can it be?  Plus the salary is really good and will help her get out of debt before her daughter comes home.  She finds out as soon as she starts the job that there's a lot to learn and few people willing to help her.  Most of the workers in this area pretty much ignored Poppy when they weren't making fun of her.  When she stumbles on to some corruption on the movie set, no one pays much attention to her so she's able to investigate more deeply.  She has to decide whether to take her findings to the moviemakers or keep her mouth shut.  Exposing the corruption will result in her losing her job.  Is she willing to take the risk??

I absolutely loved Poppy.  She was a good honest person who was in over her head but instead of giving up, she fought for her place and kept her eye on the goal of getting out of debt.  She had very little in common with the California people who worked on the movie lot.  They often made fun of her Midwestern accent and her way of doing things but instead of changing to make them happy, she kept working as hard as she could in her own way.  She handled things with humor and common sense a rarity among the movie people and she is a character that I won't soon forget. 

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.  You can connect with her on Facebook.

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