“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!