A Paranormal Women's Fiction with a bit of class, and a lot of sass, for anyone who feels like age is just a number!
Whoever said life begins at forty must have been heavily medicated, drunk, or delusional.
Thirty-nine was a fantastic year. I was married to the man I loved. I had a body that worked without creaking. My grandma, who raised me, was still healthy, and life was pretty damned good.
But as they say, all good things come to an end. I’d honestly love to know who ’they’ are and rip them a new one.
One year later, I’m a widow. My joints are starting to ache. Gram is in the nursing home, and dead people think my home is some kind of supernatural bed and breakfast. Gluing body parts onto semi-transparent people has become a side job—deceased people I’m not even sure are actually there. I think they need my help, but since I don’t speak dead, we’re having a few issues.
To add to the heap of trouble, there’s a new dangerously smokin’ hot lawyer at the firm who won't stop giving me the eye. My BFF is thrilled with her new frozen face, thanks to her plastic surgeon, her alimony check, and the miracle of Botox. And then there’s the little conundrum that I’m becoming way too attached to my ghostly squatters… Like Cher, I'd like to turn back time. Now.
No can do.
Whatever. I have wine, good friends, and an industrial sized box of superglue. What could possibly go wrong?
All in all, it’s shaping up to be a wonderful midlife crisis…
Robyn writes because the people inside her head won’t leave her alone until she gives them life on paper. Her addictions include shoes (the expensive kind), Coke with extra ice in a styrofoam cup, and bejeweled reading glasses. A former professional actress, she now lives in the south with her family and too many animals to count. Writing gives her a chance to have a job where working in her P.J.’s is acceptable. You can follow Robyn at http://www.robynpeterman.com and at Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Robyn-P....
Oh, thank the gods, I don't have QuarantineBrain™ any more. I mean, much like losing your sense of smell might signal exposure to COVID, my sudden fondness for pseudo-paranormal romance signaled QuarantineBrain, and since my last one was a four-star read (Magical Midlife Madness), I was worried things were getting worse instead of better. So I tested myself with this. Nope.
It's bad. How bad?
The entire 'plot' --and I'm being generous by calling something that shows up in the last third of the book a plot--hinges on the MC making one giant assumption about her brand-new, ghost-filled reality.
And that's because the world-building is non-existent. Without spoiling anything, let me just say that the MC super-glues a hand back on a ghost. That only she can see. She has no curiosity as to why this works, merely describes herself as 'batty.' Then there's the lurve story component, because midlife books need to include love. A million-year old being falls inl-o-v-e for the first time in centuries.
There is no characterization beyond the MC. Everyone else, except perhaps her friend, Heather, is a cardboard cutout, including the love interest, who is The Most Perfect Being Ever. Hawt, Kind, Admiring, Talented, Rich, whatever, whatever. But don't forget Zany Grandma! It's like someone borrowed the paper dolls from Janet Evanovich and placed them into this book, without even the conflict of a love triangle. As a side note on characterization, our MC keeps talking about how 'Southern polite' she is, and then referring to 'banging' with her boyfriend. Eww.
So much classier.
Oh, and for the cherry on the top, it ends on a cliff-hanger. Well, whatever. I'm just glad I don't have QB anymore and can be free of restrictions.
It’s a wonderful midlife crisis by Robin Peterman 1st book in the Good to the Last Death series. Paranormal women’s fiction. She sees ghosts and helps to resolve their issues so they can move on. But in the meantime, they hang out in her home. The ghosts are decaying and often lose arms, heads, etc. Superglue to the rescue.
“Midlife was more than a series of crisis. It was a freaking destination, and the ride was seriously bumpy.”
Ugh. Cliffhanger. I want to immediately start book two to find out .....but I have other book deadlines and won’t be able to get to it for at least a week. Soon though. Funny, engaging and I want more.
It’s A Wonderful Midlife Crisis is book one in the Good to the Last Death series by Robyn Peterman.
I’ve not had the pleasure of reading Peterman before even thou I have a few of her books on my TBR. I wanted to like this novel; especially since I’ve really enjoyed others in the over 40 bracket novels that have been coming out, but this one just didn’t hit the spot.
Our heroine, Daisy, is a 39 year old widow and a paralegal who loves working with her friends. When the story starts we see her gluing a hand back on a ghost and she explains that this isn’t normal for her. It just stated one day that she could see ghosts. Now, does she go looking for answers? Nope! Throughout the story Daisy doesn’t try to understand this new ability, nor does she talk to her grandma about it, nor does she try to get the lowdown on what is happen even when she finds out a few of the people in her life are paranormal or part of her world. What does she do? She runs around dumb and at the end she blows up her life on one big assumption about her brand-new ghost filled life. I was petered by that. She’s 40 and she does this stupid thing!!
As for the romance; I didn’t fall for the romance. I couldn’t believe it especially when Daisy doesn’t try to understand her new world.
As for the story I was lost when it start. I felt like I was missing a whole book. It just didn’t start in a way that worked. The story was slow moving and didn’t hold my interest. It lacked in plot, character and world building. It lacked in any type of explanation on what is happening to our heroine and our ghosts. And, the story also ends on a cliffhanger and I have a love-hate relationship with those. This time I didn’t care for it.
It’s A Wonderful Midlife Crisis was meant to come off as a mix of humor, paranormal woo-woo and romance, but I felt it didn’t meet those expectations.
Rated: 1 Stars
*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Silver Dagger Book Tours with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
I was excited to read a book with a single mc over 25, but this was an overwhelming disappointment.
I know the MC is technically 40 because she mentions it every few paragraphs, but she really doesn't act like someone "middle-aged." She acts like a teenager whose parents are out of town with how ill-prepared she is for every scenario.
The book was pretty cheesy in a Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (Melissa Joan Hart version) kind of way, with silly side characters (who only hangs out with their coworkers) and dumb dialog, but when we got to the "reveal" about her husband I realized this MC is just an idiot.
You haven't had sex with your husband for most of your 15-year marriage and didn't ask him about it? Just decided it was your fault?
This is the issue with Boomers writing Millenial characters without understanding their behaviors and thought processes. No non religious childless Millenial would put up with that. This is a post Sex and the City generation. There's no way she wouldn't have told her friends about her dry spell at some point, and they wouldn't have encouraged her to get counseling or talk to him.
And the husband being gay is a horrible twist. He loved her so much that he wasted her most fertile years, but it's OK because now he's going to play Casper the matchmaker? Dumb.
This book ends on a cliffhanger, which is even more annoying since the first 60% of the book is filler. It isn’t until more than half way through the book that the female protagonist, Daisy, stops dithering and being a general dimwit and the plot of the book starts to get going.
As it is, I don’t know how many adult women scream inanely in their own houses and run through their own house screaming. I can honestly say that I have never jumped on top of my kitchen table for any reason other than cleaning off the light fixture that hangs over it. Maybe this is something that happens at 40? Instead of having more knowledge and greater ability to cope with life, one just starts screaming?
Another problem is that the author uses every possible pejorative for mental illness while getting the book started. Whack job. Crazy. Cray-cray. Loony. Lunatic. Psycho. Bat$#*+, et al. Even as Daisy is talking aloud to herself about the movie The Sixth Sense, at no point does she ever feel curious about what is going on. She doesn’t speculate that she’s having hallucinations or consult a therapist or speak to her family or friends about any of it. It’s hard to find Daisy likable.
While Daisy is a weak and not particularly enjoyable character, the world-building of the AU makes no sense at all. Daisy starts getting inexplicably younger. She goes out for a quick jog and runs a marathon. The ghosts she sees are all rotting corpses that are literally falling apart - whether they died 2 weeks ago or 2 years ago, they are all equally decomposed. Sometimes the bodies are corporeal and sometimes they’re not. The author never explains any of it.
I’ve listened to Peterman’s Shift Happens series and her new series did not disappoint. Humor, engaging characters and an interesting paranormal gift quickly pulled me in.
Daisy, a thirty-nine-year-old widow, and paralegal loves working with her friends. However, Clarissa the owner’s daughter is a terror. When the firm hires a sexy new lawyer, Clarissa calls dibs and forces Daisy to work from home. Which at the moment is fine, since Daisy has been seeing ghosts. In fact, some are living with her and hogging the TV.
A mix of humor, paranormal woo-woo and romance held me spellbound. Peterman creates relatable characters and weaved in some adorable animals you’ll enjoy. Karen and Donna the Destroyer added to the tale and have some unique skills. From ghostly limb issues, the hot sexy lawyer who might just be able to see her ghostly roommates.
From the romance to the unique storyline, I soon found myself fully invested. It looks like the story ARC and romance will unfold throughout the series and I am looking forward to seeing Daisy hone her skills.
Robyn Peterman It's A Wonderful Midlife Crisis: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Novel: Good To The Last Death Book One is a Paranormal Women's Fiction that is perfectly divine, original and quirky. I laughed so hard that I literally cried as I took the journey with Daisy who has a new job and has absolutely no idea how she got so lucky and just as much no idea what to do except for needing a constant box of superglue. Learning that she has inherited the position and all it entails comes as something as a shock but one she is bound and determined to make her own. I loved it. Robyn has a way with words that just pop off the page and right into the imagination to bring it to life. She and the other group of authors that have banded together to bring brilliance of women over 40 a new lease on life. Hail the Fab 13, I have never read anything like it and I can’t wait for the next installments from them.
If Robyn Peterman writes, I read! She’s done it again with Daisy and the rest of the crew in It’s A Wonderful Midlife Crisis. So fun and quirky, you won’t be able to put it down until the end. Can’t wait to see what happens next!
Pandemic living has reduced my ability to successfully write many book reviews this year, but this story was sooo upsetting that I had to pull what little brain power I had left to drag the hell out it.
As a fan of urban fantasy, I desperately wanted to love this story. I thoroughly enjoyed the humor and interactions among the various characters, but all that potential was squandered by the author. Peterman was so non cohesive with the world building and character motivation that the story felt like some mid-tier fan fiction found on some 90’s tween’s LiveJournal account.
How a 40 year old woman, despite being a competent paralegal, could grow up lacking such simple basic communication skills is beyond me. I’ve seen some reviewers refer to her as Ditzy Daisy, but that is probably a far more complimentary description than she deserved.
No detailed explanation needed before she gladly accepted her role as “death counselor”. Automatic convenient acceptance of whatever plot device came her way, but zero self awareness in her interactions with the other major players in the story. It was like she fell out of the dumb tree and hit every branch on the way down.
What Daisy���s friends and the unrealistically gorgeous love interest in this story saw in her is beyond me, maybe they all have a soft spot for humans that remind them of the dumb puppy that craps everywhere and rolls in it’s own feces for fun.
Too many books out there to waste reading mediocre crap like this. Only reason why it’s getting 2 stars is the humor, everything else about this was atrocious.
I can never resist a Robyn Peterman book and one that I can relate to in the middle of my life makes it even better. Do you believe in the Grim Reaper or the Angel of Mercy? You probably will buy the time you finish this book!
As the great Tyra Banks said "I was rooting for you. We were all rooting for you." The pros: Funny as heck, older woman, sexy and charismatic man, intriguing and different story line. The cons: cluelessness galore, going off half cocked to ensure there's a cliffhanger, did I mention how the smart paralegal is clueless?! Fans of Darynda Jojes' series would love this one however prepared to be thoroughly annoyed at the MFC as well as the end of this one. Still would be reading the second book
I absolutely loved It's A Wonderful Midlife Crisis ! By Robyn Peterman. At times I laughed so hard I cried and then at times the book was heartbreaking so I just cried. I love the fact that Daisy is older and everything that comes with it. She has an awesome group of friends that surround her, a hot new guy on the horizon, a new job helping the deceased and did I mention there are dogs?!!! I can't wait for the second book!
2 stars The heroine was dense & filled with preconceived Christian based notions yet she was agnostic? It became increasingly annoying. 🤦🏻♀️ The plot was thin & story was underwhelming. Unlikely to continue the series.
This book started off well, then it was a repetition of the same things, ad nauseam.
We get it, Daisy has just turned 40. We get it, she has the best gal pals, we get it, her husband Steve died, seems they were having issues and she is not willing to get herself out there on the dating scene again. We get it, she is seeing ghosts. There was no need for this to be repeated across several chapters, at the start, middle and even towards the end of the book.
Then, Daisy is the queen of jumping to conclusions, not asking questions, ignoring what is right infront of her and telling lies. That is what killed it for me. Her rapidly determining things for herself incorrectly, her lying by omission and her not talking/communicating, especially Gideon, just annoyed me to no end and killed the story.
Then, we have the part that rubbed me the wrong way. For 15-20 years she had stuck in a loveless/sexless marriage, doubting herself, doubting her "femininity" as was mentioned at one part, and instead of counseling, she just brushed it off and the reason was so as to give her a dead, gay best friend? That was some bullshit. That was the most annoying, lamest instance of oops-my-husband-is-gay plotline shit I have ever seen.
Clearly, I am not going on with the series/book two. What really annoyed me was that it is similar, in various circumstances, to the Charlie Davidson series by Darynda Jones, DJ actually happens to recommend it as per the quotes before the book, but it woefully falls short.
I absolutely loved everything about this book. I love the name, the characters, the dialogue! It was amazing! This will definitely be one that I read over and over again until the end of time. I am in love with the fact that the characters in this book are all older, hence the name. This definitely is the epitome of what I hope to be doing when I'm over 40; the fun friends and family, not the ghost part! I can't wait for the next part. Actually, that's an understatement, I was heartbroken that this one ended and a little in shock. I only hope that the second one comes out soon! Hint, hint Robyn 😉
Fabulous page turner of a book. Daisy is a woman on the edge, the edge of what you need to read to find out! A year ago at 39 Daisy thought she had life sewn up.... at 40 not so much! She is widowed, her beloved Gran has to move into a home not to even think about the 50 or so ghosts that have taken up residence in her home! Bonkers? Maybe not. Join Daisy as she truly comes into her own with the help of good friends and a smoking hot new lawyer at work! A truly cracking read that will leave you ready for the next in series!
I loved it! The author has reached new highs in her wacky and demented writing. She keeps the reader off balance from start to finish. In a good way, of course. The characters are fresh, fun and well rounded. The plot is original and crazy. I read the book in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. I'm addicted and can't wait for the next installment.
There's a lot to like here. The premise of the book intrigued me, and a couple of early, sweet scenes made me want to read more. I generally liked the character of Daisy . She had a good heart and wanted to do the right thing. The cast of other characters was also fun, especially Gram and Donna the dog . They made me laugh many times.
The reader in me enjoyed many aspects of the tale. The writer in me flinched a lot.
Daisy's problem was that she didn't have a problem. Not a meaningful one, anyway. In the absence of true conflict (until the very end, but I'll get to that in the spoilers below), the author was forced to embrace some lazy plot devices that readers can smell a mile away—such as the characters' insufferable and repeated refusal to communicate—to create the illusion of conflict. Without actual, meaningful conflict that forces characters to choose between bad and worse, the story just floats along like an angel on a puffy, comfortable cloud. It's all so very ... nice. Life comes easy to Daisy. Despite missing her dead husband Steve, she never really has to work at anything. Good things just happen to her. And kudos to her! We want her to be happy. But without some kind of struggle, we're just reading a series of episodic events, not a story .
Even if there had been stronger conflicts sprinkled along the way, I think a more glaring problem here is that this is an incomplete story. “Cliffhanger!” you shout accusingly. Nope. It's not a cliffhanger. It's simply not finished. The story ended at the dark moment, the 75 percent mark, eschewing the climax and resolution that would've escorted us all the way home to the end. I assume that climax and resolution will be the entire focus of the next book. Readers are smart and don't like being cheated out of a complete story, especially when it ends on what they view as a cliffhanger. This was a setup—on a couple levels.
Do I want to know what happens now that the action and tension finally kicked in at the very end? Yes, but not enough to make me want to listen to another book, especially if it ends at 75 percent.
I’m glad I listened to the book. There were parts of it that I enjoyed immensely. I couldn’t let go of some of the crafting issues I saw, but that’s because I write for a living. If you don’t need conflict or the other elements that drive a narrative, or if you like fun fluff, this could be the book for you. There are plenty of very sweet, funny, and adorable scenes that will melt your heart and make you laugh.
Well the last year of Daisy's life has been nothing but pain and loss. Thirty nine was not a good year for her . He husband died and now she is picking up the pieces . On her fortieth birthday she starts to see dead people in her farm house . Thinking she is going crazy . Her best friend have a party for her and then her life really begins when she finds out she is special and has a special plan for her . She is now going to be busy and putting together body of some of those ghosts hanging around . Omg these ladies are so hilariously well written . I loved each and every one of them . Daisy has been through so much and now is picking up pieces . She is one feisty lady and trust me you will laugh and cry with her through out this book. Her friends a quite a group of women. Missy and Heather are a hoot and ladies there is more to Heather then we realize . Jennifer is well she is addicted to Botox and with that her whole face isn't moving . June and Missy are just great girls to hang out with. Then my all time favourite characters Donna the destroyer and Karen the two rescue dogs that come into Daisy's life . One can see ghosts and the other well the other is loved and crazy . OMG it is finally time for some authors to write about people over the age of 40 and all that goes along with it . This story had all the feels, I laughed and i cried and boy did i cry in some areas .The author has taken turning 40 and twisting it around to a fun time with your best friends, wind and the occasional ghost or two , There are twists at the end of this book that will have you on the edge of your seat going what the heck just happened and why did she do that . The book is fun filled and you will not be able to put it down as you . You will laugh and cry and oh cheer for all the ladies in this book . So if you want a fun filled read check it out . You won't be disappointed Oh and yes there is a hot grim reaper named Gideon . Tell me what you think
OMG – Love this book! Daisy just turned forty, and things are not going so well. Widowed, grandma is in a nursing home, and the dead think her home is a good place to hang out. What the hell? I can superglue lost appendages back on the ghosts, but what do they want from me?
Being a paralegal is not the most exciting job, but it pays the bills while she waits for the insurance payout for her husband’s death. The boss, Clarissa, is a beast to work for. Even more now there is a smoking hot new lawyer Clarissa wants to claim for her own. That’s fine with Daisy – she knows she’s broken as a woman, and not looking for a relationship. This is painfully obvious after her date with Stan the hairy two-minute man – so going back to a “not dating” status is no big deal.
With her best friends by her side, Daisy tries to figure out her new path in life, and how to help all the squatters. Why is she seeing dead people? Why does the hot lawyer keep showing up? And why does Donna the Destroyer seem to be able to see the ghosts, but the other dog Karen the Chair Eater does not?
I cannot wait for the next book to see how this story unfolds!!
A fun start to what is sure to be a hilarious, crazy, wonderful series! GOOD TO THE LAST DEATH introduces us to Daisy, who lost her long-time husband almost a year prior and has recently started seeing dead people—a lot of dead people all throughout her house and her small southern town. Even worse, these ghosts are falling to pieces, literally and mentally, requiring Daisy’s help to fix them both inside and out. Add to the story a great group of coworkers/friends, a funny grandmother, and a sexy "new guy" in the office who wants to work extra close with Daisy, and you have a laughter-filled story that will warm your heart and leave you hungry for more. I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves a little romance and comedy with their paranormal treats. Robyn Peterman knows how to make you smile.
Daisy is a 40 year old widow who's just learned that her family has long held the job of Death Counselor, helping the departed with unfinished business so that they can pass on to the afterlife. And when the grim reaper turns out to be the hottest man she's ever seen, she turns tail and runs.
But, as Daisy gets to know Gideon, she realizes there is so much more to him than his looks and job. Unfortunately, her own preconceptions and insecurities might just prevent her from grabbing a hold of her happiness and never letting it go.
I loved Daisy's story...and I know there is so much more to come. Her friendships, her spark and sass, and her compassion make Daisy an incredibly relatable character - I can't wait to see what happens next.
I've been a fan of Robyn Peterman for a while now, I've loved book I've read. But, this is by far the best yet! The characters in It's a Wonderful Midlife Crisis are great. Very relatable and make you wish you could hang out with Daisy and the girls. I loved the premise, and the well written plot. I'm so looking forward to the second book, I've got to know what happens next. There are so many things to say, but I don't like spoilers, and anything not in the blurb is a spoiler. Just know this is a GREAT read, and a lot of fun. Enjoy today!
As this is the first book I’ve read by this author, I had no preconceived notions going into it. I was still BLOWN AWAY! This book has everything.... the laughs, the snark, emotions all over the place, & a hot as hell grim reaper. I loved Daisy 💖 Not only is she dealing with turning 40 & working for a soul crushing boss, but now she also has to deal with squatters. While the ending was a bit of a gasp 😮, I can NOT wait for more!! #PWF #FAB13
This book made me laugh, cry and a little hot under the collar - and not just as a result of my rampaging middle age hormones. I love having a heroine who is my age and going through similar age-related issues. This new genre is brilliant so far and I still have 10 more books to go!