“Something New” is an absolutely great read. I found myself expecting something saucy, but what I got was a beautiful story about romance, forgotten passion, and the desires of a middle-aged mother. Now, this reviewer is at the beginning of her love life, so I can’t say I could totally connect with the main character, even though I have been through some things that somebody my age probably shouldn‘t have been part of so early in life. Now don’t get me wrong, Ellen is a great character, and I loved the laid back feeling that her narration gave her. I grew up also raising my two brothers, so I understand the idea of being an overwhelmed mother. The way that the author expressed exactly what Ellen was thinking and feeling made me feel like I was watching daytime television, but in a good way. Once I fell into this story, I couldn’t put it down and I love when that happens to me in a book.
Now, Ben Campbell… That would be a different story. As somebody who grew up dreaming of their prince to sweep them off their feet and steal them away from all their troubles, I fell in love with him from the first moment I meet him. The way that he treats Ellen just makes me melt in a big puddle of “hope”.
In short, I am very glad that I picked up this book, and believe me… You will be, too.
If you stop trying new things, you might as well just stop.
Ellen Ivers has it all: a nice house, great kids, and a husband who loves her no matter how much she’s let herself go. There’s just one problem: Ellen is completely, utterly bored. Maybe it’s a mid-life crisis, or maybe it’s just time to make a change. Ellen starts taking care of herself and decides to start trying new things. As the pounds melt away and she begins to feel more comfortable in her own skin, Ellen’s cousin prompts the former writer to enter a blog competition.
At first Ellen is hesitant; after all, what exactly is she supposed to write about? But soon the words start flowing and Ellen gains confidence, in part because of the attention she’s getting from her cousin’s new neighbor, handsome detective Ben Campbell. Both Ellen and Ben are married with kids, and they know their friendship is heading down a dangerous path. As her attraction to Ben grows and her blog starts attracting a lot of interest, everything else in Ellen’s world begins to unravel. Now, she finds herself wondering if the life she has is what she really wants, or if something new is exactly what she needs…