Crazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan is a contemporary romance fiction about an almost middle-aged, newly divorced woman named Sadie Turner. At the start of the story, Sadie finally gets irrefutable evidence of her husband, Richard, cheating on her. Sadie had known for a while that Richard was seeing other women, but had never caught him in the act until one office party when she saw him fondling a redhead. She and Richard have two children – a girl, Paige, age six and a son, Jordan, age four. The story takes place in Michigan between the two towns of Glenville and Bell Harbor. After Sadie and Richard divorced, Sadie won the house and custody of the children.
A little over a year after their divorce, Saide decides to drive herself and the children to her Aunt Dody’s lake house in Bell Harbor to spend the summer there at Dody’s invitation. Dody is Sadie’s mother’s sister and is known to be a little blunt, crazy, friendly, funny and well-loved. At first, Sadie is excited about spending the summer in Bell Harbor because she thinks she’ll have a man-free summer, only to have her dreams come crashing down when she finds out her chef cousin, Jasper, moved back in to save money for the restaurant he wants to buy and open. Then she finds out that her gay cousin, Fontaine, is moving in temporarily while his house gets redecorated, renovated or both. After a small temper tantrum in her head and maybe a small outward one, Sadie decides to get over it since there’s nothing she can do about it.
From the moment Sadie and the kids arrive at Aunt Dody’s, Dody is already encouraging Sadie to get out more, go on a few dates, and try to meet a nice man (or two!) she can spend time with. Although Sadie was hoping to avoid all of those activities over the summer, she seems to have a hard time avoiding these activities when it comes to the new, doctor neighbor named Des (short for Desmond) McKnight. Des has Scottish roots, so he has an accent and is filling in for the doctor neighbor that used to live there. The attraction between Des and Sadie is immediately evident and they gradually build a friendship as they spend more time together. Despite Sadie feeling like this could be a huge mistake for her, she decides to enjoy the time she has with Des while she can.
When they first start dating, Sadie is a total basket case, crazy-lady because she assumes, anticipates even, that Des will cheat on her (even though they aren’t “exclusive”) because Richard did and all men are bad people. She is suspicious almost every time he has to cancel their plans and has a bad habit of running away or crying at the most inopportune moments. She’s a total wreck and I felt bad for Des having to deal with her constant over analyzation of everything that anyone she cares about says (or doesn’t say) or does, her tendency to run with her assumptions without thinking to ask questions first, accusing others without evidence to back up the accusation and so on. Because of Sadie’s bizarre and baffling behaviors, Des decides to have a talk with Sadie pointing out what she’s doing, how her behavior affects him, how it’s unfair to punish him for, expect him to be like or even compare him to her ex-husband since they’re nothing alike, and how he would need her to stop doing those things in order for the relationship to continue. Sadies agrees to corral her crazy so that they can have a normal relationship like everyone else. Things heat up pretty quickly between Des and Sadie after that; so much so that Des invites Sadie to spend the day with him and his two friends from medical school on their boat.
During the outing Sadie finds out why Des and his first wife got a divorce from his friend Tasha while Des and Tasha’s husband, Tim, were getting drinks for the group. When Des realizes that Tasha told Sadie, his demeanor changes and Sadie can tell that Des is not pleased. For the next few days that Des and Sadie spend time together he’s tense and not his usual talkative self. One night she finds out why Des is acting strangely and can only comfort him for the remainder of the evening. As time passes, Sadie and Des grow more distant despite both of them wanting to be together; Sadie spends the summer watching Dody go out with her friend, Anita Parker and boyfriend, Harry; getting to know Jasper better and meeting his girlfriend, Beth. Getting encouragement from Fontaine to start her own business and introducing her to his business partner, possible boss and friend, Kyle. Over time Sadie (and the kiddos) grow to love all of them immensely.
The story follows Sadie as she manages and navigates her tense relationship with her mother (Helene) who still likes Richard and thinks that Sadie rushed into divorce. Her relationdship with Richard since they share custody of the children and he still wants the house in Glenville that she’s not really living in anymore. Her new relationship with Des – what it means, how serious it is and is she willing to make major changes to her, Paige’s and Jordan’s lives for one man? A lot of the characters in the book are unforgettable – my favorites are Paige, Dody and Sadie; followed closely by Fontaine, Des and Penny (Sadie’s sister). Overall, I enjoyed the story because it has a pretty good amount of funny moments and commentary by Sadie as well as the love story. I decided to read this book after reading the summary on the back cover and because I had never heard of the author before so I thought it would be fun to give her novel a try. I wasn’t necessarily disappointed; I would grab another one of her novels to read again hoping it would be just as good or better, but I can’t say that I would go to a bookstore or library specifically looking for another book by this author. I would recommend this particular book to any adult reader who enjoys a funny, contemporary, love novel about a divorced falling in love again, but scared to do so and therefore exhibits neurotic behaviors. 🙂
I purchased this book on a whim at a library book sale (they are amazing and more on them in a bit!) after reading the summary on the back because, of course, I just had to get the details about Sadie’s cheating husband, their divorce, her new love and life in Bell Harbor – I’m nosy like that. If you’re a cautious spender and don’t want to purchase a book you’re not sure you’re going to love, I recommend checking your local library catalog to see if they have an available copy or if they can request one. If that’s not an option and you’re just biting at the bit to read the book, Barnes and Noble is selling the paperback for $12.95 ($11.66 for Members!).
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