A Journey to Self Discovery

Book Review of The Sock Wars

“The Sock Wars”, by Maia Sepp, is the story of a young woman’s journey to self discovery following the death of her last remaining relative.

Lucy Tuttle thinks her life is on track.  She is a workaholic financial planner with her own condominium.  She lives life by the numbers and they bring her a sense of security.  She has a steady boyfriend, Oliver, an environmentalist who loves organic gardening and lentils.

When Lucy’s Aunt Maren dies in a car crash in Europe, her orderly world is turned upside down.  Her eccentric aunt has left her a somewhat run-down home that is a handyman’s delight.  Oliver embraces the project and suddenly they have a contractor and the house is in a constant state of upheaval.  Lucy silently counts numbers in her head to maintain some semblance of composure.

When Oliver secretly has the contractor turn one of the rooms into a nursery, Lucy is confronted with the fact that the path her life is on is perhaps not the one she really wants.  Decisions must be made.

I really enjoyed this novel.  The writing was smart and funny, yet managed to tug at your heartstrings as well.  It was a fast read as it held my interest throughout.  The cast of characters was quirky and fun.  I especially thought Sepp did a great job developing Lucy with her neurosis and control issues.  This would be a great beach read as we head into the long weekend!

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