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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Review: The Act

The Act
by Rhonda Jackson Joseph

Melanie Durst just about has her nest empty. However, the widowed mother of three grown up daughters soon finds herself the object of the girls' matchmaking schemes. In an effort to waylay these actions, Melanie joins forces with a handsome regular customer in her store, Tyson Brown. What begins as a farce to get her daughters off her back ends up being the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

I was sorry to see this short story end!

The grown daughters of widow Melanie Durst play matchmaker and come up with a few men that their mother wouldn’t date in a million years. She’s used to being single and now has her own business, a cafĂ©, to keep her occupied and her male customers give her all the male attention she thinks she needs. But how to stop the matchmaking? Ty Brown, a longtime customer at Mel’s Spot, comes up with the idea of playing her love interest to get the girls off her back. Little does Melanie know, Ty has loved her for years, and, in the end, The Act turns into reality.

There is so much warm humor in this story. Melanie is a great character--independent, funny, and knows her own mind. Her daughters are written with their own personalities and the men they dig up for their mother are indeed farcical. The fact that Ty knew Melanie for years and over the years came to love her was really a nice surprise. I think Melanie felt the same but would never admit it. This is a cute, feel good happily ever after and I think the writer, Rhonda Jackson Joseph, is a very natural writer with a wonderful ear for believable dialogue and characterization.

Reviewed by Gardenia