Review: Two to Tango by Nuala Wolfe
Poolbeg, €8.99, Paperback
In these austere times, we need a laugh more than ever and the best-selling author of Chasing Rainbows provides plenty in this light-hearted look at the lives of two very different sisters facing the economic downturn.
Gone are the designer-clad heroines sashaying through the pages, perched on Jimmy Choos. Nuala Woulfe's protagonists shop for clothes in supermarkets and swap their fabulous shoes for rugby boots -- though not before one last big splash-out.
Stay-at-home mum of three, Jennifer longs for her husband's promotion, so she can have the lifestyle she deserves. Instead, he is made redundant and has a mid-life crisis. To spite him, Jennifer flies to New York and spends money on steamy salsa dancing, while daydreaming about a Latin lover.
Meanwhile, her estranged sister Rebecca comes to stay and sparks fly. Pampered by her rich husband in their palatial home, she is furious when she doesn't get her own way and her reaction is a shopping trip to Paris before her husband stops her credit card.
With both marriages almost on the rocks, the girls reinvent themselves and, despite the initial profligate spending, survive the recession by finding out what is really important.
Though the characters seem a little confused as to how to ride out the recession, Two To Tango takes a life-affirming, positive angle and provides welcome escape from the relentless doom and gloom.