Luck, Love & Lemon Pie
Amy E. Reichert
July 12, 2016
"When Milwaukee wife and mother M.J. Boudreaux realizes that her husband Chris seems more interested in spending time at the casino than he does with her, she seeks out an activity that they can do together to reignite their flame, and it seems that poker is her best bet. Although it doesn't give her the quality time with Chris that she'd hoped, M.J. finds she has a natural knack for the game. Increasingly unhappy at home, she turns to the felt of the poker table for escape. As she spends more time at the tables and less with her family, freedom becomes intoxicating and starts to fill a hole in MJ's life she didn't realize was there. For the first time in years, she's carving out a place for herself outside her roles of wife and mother. After winning a poker tournament, M.J. finds herself enjoying her prize of a trip to Vegas, living the life of a poker hotshot drinks, dancing, and attracting the attention of a certain magnetic poker star. But when she's forced to choose between her family and her new glamorous lifestyle, M.J. realizes the stakes may be higher than she thought"--
Love, Luck & Lemon Pie
Where love, like life, is a gamble
In fairness, I must give full disclosure, I’m a cheesehead.
Which means that Amy earned 2 stars from me just by writing about my old college stomping grounds at UW-Madision.
Not that she needed it.
I was amazed at how many moments from my past I relived emotionally by reading about middle-aged MJ; wife of 20 years, mother of teenage children about to leave the nest, and girlfriend to some crazy and devoted friends. Not only could I relate to her struggles, having been through similar things, but I actually relived some old feelings, like when I ran into the girl who stole my boyfriend, even though we broke up almost thirty years ago, while reading this book.
Her wonderfully written story also reminded me that we all have struggles and shortcomings and that each day is an opportunity to tell those special people in my life how much I love and appreciate them. Love is always worth fighting for.
And, as an added bonus, I got to learn about the world of poker. It’s way more than just a card game.
If you’ve put on a few miles in life and encountered your share of speed bumps and potholes, read this book! It will make your heart happy.
Until recently, Tanya was a bathroom bibliophile (the only place she could hide from her four children). Now she is able to openly acknowledge her addiction to books but has to try to fit her reading in around all her kid's activities. She loves being wife to an amazing man, mother to four great kids and farm hand on their Akaushi/Red Angus farm in southwest Missouri.