Summary (from Goodreads):
“When a buttoned-up professor and her unbuttoned daughter fall for the same irresistible man, a delightful, subversive comedy begins. . . .
Life isn’t easy for single mother Ally Hughes. Teaching at Brown, her class load is huge and her boss is a menace. At home, she contends with a critical mother, a falling-down house, and a daughter who never misses a beat. Between taking care of the people she loves, teaching full time, and making ends meet, Ally doesn’t have time for a man. She doesn’t date. She’s not into flings. But then she meets Jake, an eager student, young in years but old in soul, who challenges his favorite professor to open up her life, and her heart, to love. It doesn’t work. In fact, his urging backfires.
Ten years later, Ally’s still single. Jake reappears and surprises her in a brand-new role: He’s dating Ally’s now-grown daughter. In this hilarious, heartrending tale, Ally is finally forced to concede (not only to herself) that an independent, “liberated” woman can still make room in her life for love.”
I really enjoyed this book! It reminded me a little bit of Something’s Gotta Give (but in reverse)—although, if this synopsis gave you pause, you should know that Jake isn’t really dating Ally’s daughter. It’s not like he’s had sex with both of them. So that made me feel a little better.
I absolutely loved Ally. She’s smart and funny (although yeah, I kept reading her as Diane Keaton, but she’s in her early 30s when she sleeps with Jake and then in her early 40s when he pops up again). I also liked Lizzie (her daughter), although she’s such a young 20s that I kind of wanted to shake her at times. (But that’s okay.)
And I loved Jake. I loved Jake by himself and Jake and Ally together and everything about this sweet, fun novel.