This novel has something for everyone.
Forty-year-old Eva Hutchinson is being dumped by her husband, giving all jilted (whether from marriage or not) women someone to root for. Her husband, Hutch, is fighting an inexorable attraction to his best buddy’s wife, so he will appeal to any male readers who have been there/done that, or at least wanted to but couldn’t get up the nerve to make the trip.
My personal favorite is the daughter, Charley, chomping at the bit to cast off the world of the socially acceptable profession of lawyer in favor of a life of facing possibly heckling audiences in comedy clubs. Her appeal will be to those who have shrugged off the shackles of what is expected in order to do what is necessary for their life’s fulfillment. She is my favorite because I, too, shook a few leaves off my family tree when I decided to write for a living. Then there is Stephen, who bears the burden of a secret that he knows he must reveal to his father, Hutch. We can all relate to having and hating a secret that we know will one day be disclosed, willingly or not.
Finally, and most tantalizing of all, there is the jazz musician Isaiah Lonesome (with a last name like that, he had to play jazz), twelve years Eva’s junior but still managing to teach her a thing or two. As a woman who recently split with a guy who was exactly twelve years older than me, I particularly relish the descriptions of a more seasoned woman snaring a hot younger guy.
Ain’t Nobody’s Business if I Do truly does have something for everyone so I sincerely recommend it to everyone. Personally, I cannot wait to read another Valerie Wilson Wesley novel.