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The Unplanned Life of Josie Hale by Stephanie Eding []



Thirty-year-old Josie Hale discovers she is pregnant after catching her husband with another woman and moving back in with her parents. Craving the comfort of a corn dog, she emerges from hiding and almost immediately runs into high school buddies Kevin and Ben at the local fair. They haven’t seen each other in a dozen years, yet they get along as though no time has passed. Recognizing that they are all disappointed with the direction of their lives, the three of them decide to move in together and make a pact to collectively improve their lives professionally, financially, and emotionally. Josie finds work as a substitute teacher, Kevin changes career directions at his father’s insurance agency, and Ben returns to school to improve his job prospects. Josie’s high school crush on Ben is not as unrequited as she thought, Kevin’s fear of commitment has turned on him, and Ben’s relationship with his 11-year-old daughter can only improve. Adulting is hard, but second chances with a found family can make it easier to handle. A good fit for readers of romantic women’s fiction and those who enjoy coming-of-age-after-college stories.

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