None of This Would Have Happened If Prince Were Alive

S. & S. Audio. Nov. 2022. 8:18 hrs. ISBN 9781797141626. $19.99. F
“Moms don’t have the luxury of losing control.” That means that when Ramona discovers her husband’s affair while prepping for a Category 4 hurricane, juggling her demanding boss and defiant mother, and rescuing classroom pets and wayward neighbor kids, she has to keep it together. As she maintains her guise of fearless leader, glimpses of the past reveal what led to this mess. Though she has navigated many choices and challenges, surely there can be no question about where her problems all started—the day that her favorite singer, Prince, died. Prusa makes her debut with this funny and feel-good relationship novel. Despite the infidelity and impending natural disaster, the story is upbeat and utterly engaging. Narrator Rebekkah Ross perfectly portrays the stressed but steadfast Ramona. Ross employs a variety of Southern accents, immersing listeners in the reflective and relatable narrative.
VERDICT For listeners seeking a lovable, laughable relationship fiction about marriage, motherhood, and managing both without losing themselves. Recommended for fans of Jennifer Weiner, Emily Henry, and Lisa Roe.
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