One of her favorite cousins, Matt Kelmann, is killed in a senseless accident. Matty’s best friend and Joleigh’s beloved fiancé, Dr. Irvyn Woodworth, M.D., unexpectedly leaves her standing in the rain at Matty’s funeral. Joleigh-Anna’s double loss is almost more than she can bear. Some of her relatives and Irvy’s mother feel it’s all for the best.
But Joleigh’s whole world has revolved around Irvyn Woodworth even before she’d uttered her first word, “Irby!” Can she win him back before he loses his heart to some more beautiful and wealthier woman of his mother’s dreams?
Joleigh-Anna is determined, no matter what anyone says, that that won’t happen.
Her method of bringing this about is not only risky but totally unorthodox….!
“Melody L. Laramie“The Resurrection of Joleigh-Anna Kelmann is an amusing take on a serious subject. Actually, on more than one subject. How families get along . . . or not . . . how they perceive each other and each other’s faults. And how they react to the death of loved ones. Sometimes not the way one would think.
Joleigh’s world crashes around her when her fiancé, Dr. Irvyn Woodworth, leaves her on the day her favorite cousin Matt, is buried. Matt and Irvy were best friends since before kindergarten. And it’s the opinion of some of Joleigh’s family, that it was the only reason Irvy even looked at Joleigh twice. Sort of dumb, since Joleigh was a baby when she started liking Irvy, and his name, “Irby” was her first word. Some think that Joleigh is the wrong girl for him anyway, and he could do better.
His mother certainly thinks so.
Joleigh’s family seems to be like many families today. Too caught up in their own lives to find time to do more than meddle in other’s affairs. To spend really meaningful time with one another . . . not so much. So how Joleigh goes about dealing with these issues is hilarious. Her little brother, Jarrett, adores both his big sister and Irvy, and doesn’t understand why they aren’t seeing each other. He’s adorable comic relief! I loved her parents and her Cousin Matt’s family. They are supportive of their kids, and that was a wonderful contrast to the rest of their relatives, particularly The Club who are stuck on themselves and don’t seem to have a good word for anyone else. Oh, Irvy’s doctor uncle is great too!
Written in first person, Ms Davis-Wilson has an easy, breezy way of telling this story. Plus, she brings in characters from her first novel, All for the Love of Thomi. (See my review of Thomi on her page). I loved that story, and it was like seeing old friends again when they showed up in Joleigh’s story.
I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who loves a good amusing tale of family, friends, forgiveness, and fun.