Shoshana Thompson is 26 years old, miles from home, and engaged to Andrew Walsh, the last single Walsh brother of one of Washington, D.C.’s wealthiest families. Throughout her engagement she becomes enamored with the Walsh lifestyle.
Life in the fast lane comes to a screeching halt when Shoshana develops feelings for another man. When she discovers the feelings may not be one-sided, things are about to get a lot more complicated. This man is not only part of her fancy new world, he is also completely off-limits.
~ Sho ~ “Be a duck, remain calm on the surface, and paddle like hell underneath.” That’s such a fitting quote simply because that’s how I felt throughout this whole book. I may have looked calm while reading on the “outside”, but on the inside, I was anything but. My mind was reeling trying to figure these characters out.
Drew ~ the jury is still out on him. I haven’t decided if I trust him or not.
Sho ~ she confused me. Sometimes she seemed so materialistic and pretentious, and other times she seemed so down to earth and grounded.
Zoey I liked once I got to know her, Ariel I did not, and Rachel I loved.
Alex, Erik, I’d like to know/read more about. Mark, love him.
I certainly hope there’s another book. I have so many questions that I need answers to!!
An overall enjoyable read and I look forward to more. ~ 3.5 ~ Stars
Becoming Mrs Walsh was a fast, entertaining chick-lit read. As is always the case, I never know what to expect when I pick up a new book to read. Jessica Gordon’s writing is solid and detailed while easy to read and a page turner. Becoming Mrs Walsh is packed with a big family all with some unique characteristics. Shoshana and Drew are engaged to be married and the story follows Sho’s journey in being inducted to the Walsh clan and learning all the expectations of being Mrs Walsh. The main characters that stand out are the matriarch of the clan, Birdie. Birdie at first comes across as the rich socialite who lives in excess with the upper crust Washington DC crowd. I, at first, thought she would be the controlling, mother-in-law that I would hate. By the end of the story, she was endearing. The rest of the clan do not play as significant a role in the story. Drew’s brothers include Erik, Alex and Mark who are married to Ariel, Rachel and Zoey respectively.
I really enjoyed the relationship these family members had with each other and how easily they opened their family up to a new member. It was heart-warming to feel Sho’s acceptance as the newest member of the family. I did feel bad for the way she felt she didn’t measure up to the family and how she struggled with her relationship with the distant Drew.
All in all, this was a good story with emotional struggles, the feeling of belonging to a family and making decisions that could hurt all the Walsh’s. Jessica Gordon’s writing is descriptive to people and places and I felt connected with the locations, believing I could be there with the characters. For an entertaining, mostly light hearted and endearing read, give this a try!! 3.5 Stars
“Drew, why didn’t you wake me?” Shoshana asked as she looked at her bedside clock. It was 9:45 a.m. and she had to be ready in 15 minutes.
“I figured you’d want to sleep as long as you could before the alarm,” Drew said.
“My alarm! Did it even go off? I didn’t hear anything.”
“I kept hitting snooze; you like to sleep late on Saturdays.”
She glared at her fiancé. “Yes, normally! But not when I have to be with your family all day!”
“It’s just the girls,” Drew said.
“Please, your sisters-in-law are not like normal ‘girls;’ it’s like a beauty pageant slash couture fashion show,” Shoshana said as she sprung up from bed.
She sped walked into the bathroom and began brushing her teeth with fervor.
“I guess you’d better get your crown ready,” Drew said and winked at her.
“I don’t even think I have enough time to shower!” Shoshana protested between mouthfuls of toothpaste foam.
“Why do you have to shower?”
Shoshana spit into the sink. “Are you serious?” She marched out of the bathroom and looked at him incredulously.
“Yeah, your hair looks fine, you don’t seem dirty,” Drew said with a shrug.
“Drew! Your sisters-in-law have perfect hair.”
“Stop, you’re making yourself crazy.” Drew walked into the bathroom to shave.
“Forget it, there’s no time to shower,” Shoshana yelled after him.
“Sounds good,” Drew said barely listening.
Shoshana rummaged through her closet. She threw on a black cotton dress and black flip-flops. She figured black was a chic-enough color and it would hide any sweat marks. It was August in Washington, D.C., which meant, it was hot.
“I’ll wear black and then I’ll fit in—”
“Why do they bother you so much?” Drew asked as Shoshana emerged from the closet.
Shoshana stopped and looked at him. “It’s not that they bother me.”
“What is it then?”
“I can’t really describe it.”
“They’re nice, they mean well, I really don’t get it,” Drew said as he buttoned his shirt.
“You wouldn’t get it, you’re a guy. They’re gorgeous and they’re well-dressed, always. And by the way—I’ve never seen them without makeup. They’re not human.”
“Sometimes you act like you’re not human,” Drew said, shaking his head and laughing. “Try to relax, everything will be fine.”
“Thanks for those uplifting words,” Shoshana said sarcastically as she started to apply mascara.
Drew grabbed his keys off the entrance hall table. She knew that it was his signal that the conversation was over.
He came back into the room and gave her a quick peck on the lips. “They’re only in town because of the engagement party, you usually get to avoid them.”
“Zoey still lives nearby . . .”
“Well, then you usually get to avoid two of the three.” Drew headed toward the door; Shoshana followed him.
“I like them; I just don’t feel like myself around them. I feel quiet and awkward.”
“Maybe that’s not because of them, maybe that’s a larger issue you have to tackle within yourself.”
She shook her head and smiled, it was such a classic Drew comment. ‘Maybe you’re projecting,’ ‘Maybe the larger issue is . . .’
“Let’s talk about it later.” He gave her a kiss on the forehead and walked out the door.
She knew he wouldn’t bring it up later, but she was okay with that. One of things she loved about Drew was his ability to move on. He didn’t harp on issues or create drama. He was calm and sensible.
Shoshana waited for the door to close behind him.
“Ugh.” She walked back into the bedroom and stared into the full-length mirror that hung on the back of her closet door. “The Walsh girls.”
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Jessica Gordon is a Johns Hopkins University alumna for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She takes her readers to the Washington, D.C. area where her characters navigate through the complex world of family, in-laws, and love. Jessica lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband.