Women's Fiction Review
Julie and Romeo Get
by Jeanne Ray
Pocket Books, 2005
Hardcover, $22.00 (277 pages)
Readers of Jeanne
Ray's first novel, Julie and Romeo, will be thrilled and delighted by
revisiting the couple in the utterly charming sequel Julie and
Romeo Get Lucky. In the years between the two novels, Julie and Romeo
have managed to blend their extended families and flower shops. Life is
hectic, but good.
Julie secretly wishes for more time with Romeo and vice versa. While they have blended their lives, they have not blended households. Julie's daughter, son-in-law (who happens to be Romeo's son), two grandchildren, and the family cat live with her. Romeo's ninety-three year old mother, his son, his daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren live with him. Quiet time, with or without one another, is almost impossible. When their wish to spend more time together “finally” comes true, it brings “excessive” chaos into their already noisy lives.
Anyone who has ever spent time with a small child will find the sub-plot involving Julie's granddaughter Sara's obsession with "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" hilarious. The soundtrack and dialogue has come to permeate and dominate everyone in the household's schedule and psyche.
Like Jeanne Ray's three earlier novels, Julie and Romeo Get Lucky is a sweet, funny, smart, gentle story about a family's foibles and love. Jeanne Ray writes about the inevitable changes in family life with love, humor, and wry wisdom.
A registered nurse at the Frist Clinic in Nashville, Tennessee, Jeanne Ray is married and has two daughters. She and her husband have ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.
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