Never Too Soon

BQB. Sept. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9781945448430. pap. $17.95; ebk. ISBN 9781945448447.
When Anaya Goode’s mother passed away, she became the de facto matriarch, the rock that all her friends and family depended upon, by doling out financial advice and managing all her family’s squabbles. Her sister Ava treats Anaya like an ATM, constantly borrowing money to support herself, her husband, and their three children. Anaya’s friend Sophie is convinced each new man she finds online to date is the man she will marry. Anaya is in charge of her other friend Catie’s baby shower, but first she needs to arrange a 60th birthday party for her father. A huge redevelopment project just landed in her lap, and as the director of housing and community development for Alameda County, Anaya finds her time further stretched by working day and night to meet deadlines. That doesn’t leave much time for her sweet, steady boyfriend, Carl, especially when her ex-boyfriend Jeff ends up working those late hours with her.
VERDICT The second title in Christy’s “Anaya’s World” series (after Anytime Soon) has a solid, relatable, character-driven story of the emotional dynamics within family and friends.

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