When Grandma Goldie Horowitz wants to help her granddaughter find a girlfriend she naturally turns to Ida Pinsky, shadchan, lifelong friend and fellow resident at Shady Acres Assisted Living Community. Ida in turn points Goldie toward her own granddaughter, Julia, who runs an online dating service in her spare time. Rachel, the object of all this scheming, is a die-hard romantic who earns her living writing greeting card sentiments. Her therapist wants her to get out there and stop hiding behind her insecurities, but every date turns into a disaster that reinforces her self-image as a hopeless klutz. Can Julia find her the perfect match? Will Goldie and Ida get caught escaping Shady Acres, or barred from Melvin’s Diner for loitering? Or will fate take a hand and bring both Rachel and Julia their hearts desire?
Lynn Ames thirteenth book is a departure from her previous romances and thrillers as she takes a step, or rather a shove, into romantic comedy; it’s always dangerous having pushy friends. Needless to say, this romp through the shenanigans of a pair of New York Jewish Grandmothers and their adorable, if damaged, grand-daughters is a huge success.
Rachel and Julia are loveable, complex and moderately tortured souls whose overbearing mothers have twisted into self-depreciating knots with their expectations. With seemingly perfect siblings in finance and medicine, Rachel can never convince her mother that she has a real job and can afford to eat, let alone that she’s at the top of her profession. Julia’s pompous parents care more for their social standing than their relationship with their daughter and quite possibly believe Julia will go to hell for being gay, if they believed in hell.
With the help of her slightly bumbling sidekick Ida, a traditional matchmaker, Goldie pretty much steals the show. Her adorable plotting that always slightly backfires, her feigned deafness and memory loss to escape her daughter’s house, illicit trips out in her cascade-blue 1972 Buick Electra Deuce-and-a-Quarter to the movies and the diner for chocolate malt; she is the perfect grandma with a naughty streak.
Add into the mix the adorable fluffy golden retriever/Siberian husky mix Freud and we have a classic ensemble piece that will simply make you smile. Yes there’s a little angst with the stressed family relationships and the “will they won’t they” romance, but without some angst what would a Jewish Grandmother have to worry about? Overall the whole is suffused with love, light and affection.
Extremely well executed as always, the writing flows, the reading is effortless and the characters reach right out and touch your heart. Lynn Ames has hit another home run with this one, it’s taken a while but it’s definitely been worth the wait.
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