Bess is a successful woman with an interesting career living in Washington, D.C. So why is she 35 and unmarried? She wonders the same thing.
And then the man of her dreams appears and the future looks bright and hopeful, even in light of her only living relatives–her grandparents–preparing to move all the way across the country. Rory is talented, funny, smart, and Irish. Unfortunately, he has also been married before. Eight times.
So when he proposes to Bess, she must come to terms with his past as well as her own. Rory’s story sets her on a journey to discover whether or not she can handle being a ninth.
Stolls’ writing is funny and sharp. The strange changes in tense finally made sense to me about halfway through the book. That is the sort of thing that can totally ruin a book for me, normally. All the characters she introduces gain some depth and are believable, even if they are a bit far out.
The book is a lovely exploration of marriage, relationships, and life.