Back in the ‘Burbs|Review

Back in the ‘Burbs – Published 2021

“Ever have one of those days where life just plain sucks? Welcome to my last three months—ever since I caught my can’t-be-soon-enough ex-husband cheating with his paralegal. I’m thirty-five years old, and I’ve lost my NYC apartment, my job, my money, and frankly, my dignity.

But the final heartache in the suck sandwich of my life? My great-aunt Maggie died. The only family member who’s ever gotten me.
Even after death, though, she’s helping me get back up. She’s willed me the keys to a house in the burbs, of all places, and dared me to grab life by the family jewels. Well, I’ve got the vise grips already in hand (my ex should take note) and I’m ready to fight for my life again.

Too bad that bravado only lasts as long as it takes to drive into Huckleberry Hills. And see the house.
There are forty-seven separate HOA violations, and I feel them all in my bones. Honestly, I’m surprised no one’s “accidentally” torched the house yet. I want to, and I’ve only been standing in front of it for five minutes. But then my hot, grumpy neighbor tells me to mow the lawn first and I’m just…done. Done with men too sexy for their own good and done with anyone telling me what to do ever again.

First rule of surviving the burbs? There is nothing that YouTube and a glass of wine can’t conquer.” – Goodreads


This book reminded me a lot of The Restoration of Celia Fairchild, which I also recently read. It also has a female lead who has just left a relationship and moved to a close knit neighborhood with a house that needs more than a little love.

Mallory has very little self confidence when she first moves back to the ‘burbs, and takes most of the novel developing her backbone. That can be a little frustrating as a reader, but it makes sense considering how awful her ex and her parents have treated her for so long and the thoughts they’ve drilled into her head.

Mallory has moved into her eccentric (and hoarder) aunt’s house after her passing, and she has only a few weeks before HOA violations will cause her to lose the house. There’s a hot neighbor, a hot contractor, some shenanigans, and a lot of wine.

This is a quick read, and a pretty good audiobook!

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