Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “A Happy Catastrophe” by Maddie Dawson, Lake Union Publishing, May 2020 for Suzy Approved Book Tours.
Maddie Dawson, Author of “A Happy Catastrophe” has written a heartwarming, memorable, captivating, thought-provoking, and entertaining novel. This is the sequel to “Matchmaking for Beginners”, but I feel this book can be read as a stand-alone. Of course, it is wonderful to see some of the wonderfully quirky and delightful characters and meet some new ones. The genres for this novel are fiction, women’s fiction, romance, and family drama. The timeline for this story is set in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The author describes her colorful cast of characters as complex, complicated, flawed, mostly likable, and dysfunctional.
I love the way the author vividly describes the characters, the events, and the plot in her story. Marnie and Patrick are still together in the Brownstone that had been left to Marnie. Marnie works in a flower shop and her relationship with Patrick. Marnie seems to still have that magical ability to sense when other couples will be together.
One of Marnie’s dreams and goals is to have a baby and be a Mom. Patrick is not quite on board with this. Neither Patrick nor Marnie is aware of what will be waiting on their doorstep. Actually, it seems that about nine years earlier, Patrick had an affair with a woman that left a permanent souvenir, which is quite a surprise. Patrick is a “Bio”-dad”, and now a precocious, energetic, and curious 8-year-old girl is now being left in his charge by the mother who never told him that she was pregnant.
Patrick has been very moody and depressed, and Marnie is trying to figure out what is going on, and how she can be helpful. Marnie is having a hard time coping with everything. I love the way the author describes the importance of love, communication, family, friends, and hope. I would highly recommend this entertaining novel.