Review: The Mistake I Made

October 12, 2015 book review, fiction, Grove Press, Paula Daly 1

The Mistake I Made

  • Written by:  Paula Daly
  • Published by:  Grove Press, September 15, 2015
  • Length:  368 pages
  • Source:  E galley via Edelweiss with permission from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Summary:  Single mother Roz has a reached breaking-point. After the dissolution of her marriage, Roz’s business has gone under, debts are racking up, the rent is late (again), and she’s struggling to provide for her nine-year-old son, who is starting to misbehave in school. Roz is in trouble. Real trouble.

When Roz returns home from work one day and finds an eviction notice, she knows that it’s time for action—she has two weeks to find a solution otherwise they will be kicked out of their home. Increasingly desperate, Roz doesn’t know where to turn. Then the perfect opportunity presents itself. At her sister’s fortieth birthday party, Roz meets Scott Elias—wealthy, powerful, and very married. But the impression Roz leaves on him is indelible. He tracks her down and makes Roz an offer to spend the night with him—for money. He wants no-strings-attached intimacy and can guarantee total discretion. Could it be as simple as it sounds? With that kind of cash, Roz could clear her debts and get her life back on track. But as the situation spirals out of her control, Roz is forced to do things she never thought herself capable of. Can she ever set things right again?

My Thoughts:  I love how Paula Daly writes.  She has once again shown how one small act can escalate and leave an otherwise average person in extraordinary circumstances.

Roz is likable, and in a really bad place, her ex husband is a loser, she works her butt off but between past debts and normal living expenses she can’t keep up, so no chance to get ahead.  She’s already had help from her parents and that went terribly wrong.  Her sister doesn’t give her much hope, loves dear Roz but sees her in a never ending downward spiral.  Her sister is quite take with Scott Elias and his wife, her new power couple friends.  Obviously she is blind to the real Scott.

Who of us hasn’t dreamed of a fairy godmother or lottery windfall when finances were difficult?  Rob sees her dalliance with Scott as a quick fix,  and nothing more.  When her office manager questions what’s going on, and threatens to blackmail her with other information Roz’s troubles are just beginning.  Scott seems to be acting irrationally  at times, and Roz is at a loss.

Ordinary people, extraordinary circumstances, they make for the best novels.  This one is so good, a twist and turn here and there and I couldn’t put it down.  Highly recommend.


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