Paula Houseman’s Apoca[hot]lips is an amazing new romantic comedy. In Apoca[hot]lips we see where Ruth Roth moves on after her divorce and discovering that Ralph is NOT her cousin! We see Ruth take on her mother and father, neighbors, come to terms with her ex-husband, her children and her new “in-laws” who have special and unique ties to her and her family!
“Everyone fought for a front row seat at the window after I closed the door. We watched the cops make their way across to Portnoy’s. Light seemed to be giving Dark a mouthful. They stopped in front of her yard, surveyed it from the footpath. I saw the diamond shape in her blinds get bigger. And Lighter. Her eye must have nearly popped out.”
I loved the interaction between her and her neighbor! It made me recall with a huge smile all the neighborhood fights I witnessed between my dad and the crazy guy across the street. I laughed until my husband asked if I needed to see a doctor!
Then there are the incidents involving her mother, Sylvia. Houseman relays the incidents with humor but also with eye opening insight into what was really being said or done and how her mother might have actually felt.
“Over the years she’d crafted a whole bag of tricks to make me feel responsible for her misery. When one, or ten, didn’t’ work, she’d pull another out of the hat. I didn’t’ always see it for what it was.”
Paula Houseman is a very talented author with a profound ability to be both funny and perceptive. Her style of storytelling is down to earth, real and importantly funny! There are moments of gravity, of course, but through it all her gift to her readers is one that is almost a therapeutic session. She shares insights, emotions and the reality of relationships that both captivates and helps to ease one into looking at things in a different light.
Sure, sometimes it is easier to go to bed, throw the blankets over you and hide for the rest of your life but where is the fun in that? Where is the growth in that? Houseman takes real life and gives it to her audience; it is said that laughter is the best medicine. So if you’re in need of a good laugh, run do NOT walk to the nearest online or physical book store. Paula Houseman’s Apoca[hot]lips is the book to get; prepare for hours of laughter as well as a book that will stick with you longer after you turn the last page. There will be times when you cannot help but think back to her book and begin laughing.
Her character development is spot on, she is consistent from book one to book two. Her plot is well written and strong. The strength of her plot is demonstrated through dialog and her character development as well as witty descriptions.
I honestly have not laughed so hard or felt so connected to a story. Absolutely brilliant!
WordsAPlenty awards this book with a five-star rating for it’s entertaining humor, solid plot and brilliant creativity of the author, Paula Houseman.
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