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It was a day like any other day for Marina Trahan…until she caught her husband in bed with another woman. Before that eye-opening wake-up call, Marina would have described her life as average or uneventful, maybe even boring. But now, chaos and confusion reign supreme. She’d expected to slide through midlife with her unwanted extra pounds, chin hair, and hot flashes and move somewhat gracefully into elastic waist pants and having no verbal filter. But with a wayward husband, a high-maintenance daughter, a lackluster career, and a crazy mother all weighing her down, Marina is ready to wave the white flag of surrender.

Then an intriguing stranger named Alexios shows up out of nowhere and insists she is descended from a goddess and is the only person who can save the world from certain destruction. She has roughly a week to do it. Solving a centuries-old mystery seems like a more interesting proposition than the other situations Marina is facing, so she accepts his challenge. But her search for a magical item of power reveals far more about Marina than she ever knew. Maybe enough to save the world. And even herself.

Titles in the Marina at Midlife series include – Wrong Side of Forty

Title:  Wrong Side of Forty
Series:  Marina at Midlife #1
Author:  Jana Deleon
Genre:  Paranormal Women’s Fiction
Published:  February 18, 2020
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My Rating:  4.5 stars

Wrong Side of Forty is a story that will have you busting a gut laughing, red-eyed crying, so angry at some characters, and most likely, shaking your head in agreement and amazement.  Marina is the backbone of her family, the one who does everything with little thanks or acknowledgment.   Her world is about to be rocked, and not entirely in a good way, by the discovery of her husband’s side piece in their bed wearing Marina’s sexy new negligee, a girl who actually was in the same class as their daughter and is considered the town hussy.  (a nice word there but you get the drift)  In short order, Marina will find herself furious, hurt, frantically and angrily moving out into a life she didn’t see coming and a life that’s about to get even more incredulous.  It seems she’s got a blood relationship with the gods, and a demigod has shown up giving her a quest (with benefits) to save the worlds (hers and his) by finding a magical ring that has eluded seekers for centuries – within about a week before worlds collide, explode, or just go, poof as if they never existed.  Yeah, it’s been one heck of a day!

I was easily caught up in Marina’s story, understood her anger, her deep hurt, and cheered her on as she discovers herself through this chaotic adventure into a new life.  Wrong Side of Forty isn’t only a fun, addicting Paranormal Women’s Fiction adventure, it’s also a slice of life (minus the magical aspects) of what life beyond forty can be.  A time of discovery of who Marina really is at her core, and an acknowledgment of the crap she’s taken her entire life — but no more.  Now it’s her time to shine in her own unique way, and that is the true magic of this story.

You’ll discover the deepest friendships, family ties that go so deep into the heart, a small town that’s been under the thumb of one political family for far too long, the ugliness of cruelty and indifference, and the absolute joy of finding out what you are capable of when your back is to the wall and you have no choice but to go forward the best you can.  I both loved and loathed characters in this story, and I’m certain that you can pick out each of them quite easily on your own.  Wrong Side of Forty will entertain you, have you laughing or crying throughout, perhaps give your temper a good workout a few times and completely enjoying this journey.

I read this title through my Kindle Unlimited subscription.  At the time you read this review, Wrong Side of Forty may no longer be in KU as it was there for a short time before becoming available across all platforms where you can find e-reader titles.

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