Red Dress, Nov 2003, 12.95, 288 pp.
Everyone who knows Sarah Giles believes her boyfriend, investment banker Paul O'Brien is Mr. Perfect. Everyone believes that except Sarah. She knows he is handsome, nice, has a good job, and will spend money on her. However, she feels their relationship lacks passion.
Sarah meets the Regional Director of Rogerson Railways John (that is his name, honest cowboy) Wayne. Though he is a womanizer, she finds the double entendre emails exciting and the secret lunches even more so. While Paul wants to become engaged, John also wants to move to the next level of passionate lovemaking. Sarah must choose between bland, faithful, and steady or exciting, undependable, and wild. Will she select a person who will never cheat on her or an individual who will probably make her a notch on his belt?
THE LAST YEAR OF BEING SINGLE is an amusing but at times serious look at modern day relationships. The story line focuses on Sarah torn between two lovers. Fans will empathize especially those about the same age as the heroine (twenty to thirty something) while those geriatric boomers will tell her to make up her mind based on the one the she feels the most spoons full of love. Though at times inane, Sarah Tucker's novel is a fun character study, but will she and to whom requires reading the novel.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner