One Less Problem Without You by Beth Harbison
Genres/Themes: Chick lit, Romance…. kinda?, Magical Realism
*I received this book through netgalley in exchange for a honest and fair review*
Wow this book… probably more like 1.5 stars.
Synopsis from Netgalley:
Meet Prinny, Chelsea and Diana. Prinny is the owner of Cosmos, a shop that sells crystals, potions, candles, and hope. It’s also a place where no one turns down a little extra-special cocktail that can work as a romance potion or heal a broken heart. But Prinny is in love with her married lawyer and she’ll need nothing short of magic to forget about him.
Chelsea works as a living statue at tourist sites around Washington, DC. It’s a thankless job, but it helps pay the rent. That, and her part-time job at Cosmos. As her dream of becoming a successful actress starts to seem more remote and the possibility of being a permanently struggling one seems more realistic, Chelsea begins to wonder: at one point do you give up on your dreams? And will love ever be in the cards for her?
Diana Tiesman is married to Leif, a charismatic man who isn’t faithful. But no matter how many times he lets her down, Diana just can’t let him go. She knows the only way she can truly breakaway is if she leaves and goes where he will never think to follow. So she ends up at Cosmos with Leif’s stepsister, where she makes her homemade teas and tinctures as she figures out whether she’d rather be lonely alone than lonely in love.
The writing flows and it is a fast read. Then again, I flicked through some of the book. I really did like the main women.
Now, let’s discuss the bad. Firstly, and I mean omg I’m bringing this up because I can’t stop thinking about it but… rape. It is a serious situation yet, in this book it happens and it is treated so so lightly. SO LIGHTLY! It was frustrating and I felt it was only used as a way to force the women characters to make certain choices or decisions.
There does seem to be a direction to the story but, I felt like I was being moved by the tides, not sure exactly where I was going. The climax wasn’t very climatic.
Things just did not work for me.
The more I think about the book the more I want to give it a worse rating but, the thing is, it wasn’t bad enough to give up on.
Would I recommend this? No way, man.