by Jana Deleon
Series: Marina at Midlife #1
Genres: Paranormal, Women's Fiction
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A Paranormal Women's Fiction with tons of humor. For many, midlife is the beginning.
It was a day like any other day for Marina Trahan…until she caught her husband in bed with another woman. Before that eye-opening wake-up call, Marina would have described her life as average or uneventful, maybe even boring. But now, chaos and confusion reign supreme. She’d expected to slide through midlife with her unwanted extra pounds, chin hair, and hot flashes and move somewhat gracefully into elastic waist pants and having no verbal filter. But with a wayward husband, a high-maintenance daughter, a lackluster career, and a crazy mother all weighing her down, Marina is ready to wave the white flag of surrender.
Then an intriguing stranger named Alexios shows up out of nowhere and insists she is descended from a goddess and is the only person who can save the world from certain destruction. She has roughly a week to do it. Solving a centuries-old mystery seems like a more interesting proposition than the other situations Marina is facing, so she accepts his challenge. But her search for a magical item of power reveals far more about Marina than she ever knew. Maybe enough to save the world. And even herself.
Wrong Side of Forty by Jana Deleon is the first novel in the Marina at Midlife trilogy. This was a small-town cozy with humor, a quest, and character growth that I quickly devoured.
This is part of a new genre; Paranormal Women’s Fiction and features characters over forty with a mix of paranormal woo-woo.
48-year-old Marina Trahan and her husband are now empty-nesters. After a long week of work, Marina gets off early and heads home to slip on the new lingerie she bought to surprise her husband. Only her husband is already home and in bed with a woman.
Marriage over and career on the line, Marina has moved herself into her mother’s old lake cabin when a demigod appears and gives her a quest. Should she fulfill it, it will solve her financial troubles. Mystery, trouble, and a hottie game warden add to the mix.
Secondary characters from her sister to old cronies added interest and humor. I loved the demigod. His character was over the top and gave us details into the other realm.
While the tale was predictable, it was also entertaining and offered a fun evening of laughs, mystery and small-town antics.
This was a fun tale, with humor, friendship, small-town quirks and magic. If you like cozy mysteries, paranormal woo-woo and what a character getting a second chance at life, you’ll enjoy Wrong Side of Forty.
Too bad the narrator chosen for audible is so horrid. Couldn’t listen to more than a few minutes
Hard copy may be great but Audible recording has a TERRIBLE narrator. Unbearable to listen too. Very unfortunate
I love this new genre and have already read K.F. Breene’s Magical Midlife Madness and Elizabeth Hunter’s Suddenly Psychic. I hope to read all 13 of the current books! 😉
After reading your review, I can’t wait to read this one too.
Thanks Kimberly. x
Anne - Books of My Heart
These PWF books are a much needed treat in these times.
This one sounds like a really fun read! Hope you and yours are all safe and healthy during this crazy time!
Debbie S Haupt
hmm a new genre and one I can really enjoy being a huh um woman of a certain age. This sounds fun Kim I’m going to look for the audible since my reading pile is enormous 🙂 Thanks
This sounds fun and unique.
This sounds like the perfect escape read for these crazy times! Hoping you and yours are all doing well.
Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
This sounds fun and perfect for right now! I don’t mind predictible if they’re enjoyable enough and this sounds like it definitely is!
Jenea's Book Obsession
It definitely sounds like a fun one and a great start to the series!
This sounds like a lot of fun.
I like this idea of paranormal plus women’s fiction and a mystery tossed in. And, the humor aspect just makes it sound even more fun.
I don’t know why, but I can’t stop looking at the cover! Haha! It sounds like a really fun read. 🙂
Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? ?
Oh it looks nice and it’s nice to have an older character too. The cover is so much fun so I would be curious to try
Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
This one sounds like a lot of fun. And I sometimes enjoy reading about main characters who are closer to my own age (instead of bright-eyed, bushy-tailed 20-somethings LOL).
All the books in this new genre feature women over 40 from best-selling authors. There are 13 of them writing it.