THE DAIRY QUEEN
March 1, 2006
Red Dress Ink
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, M3B 3K9 Canada
$12.95 U.S/$15.95 Canada
Rating: 4 Cups
Dicey is only known by that name and never reveals her real name to anyone. She does not know what a normal life is anymore. She lost her flourishing pajama business after a resentful disagreement with an investor, and now she and her husband, Jean-Luc, JL for short, have a parting of ways with their marriage.
Titch is Dicey’s sister and would love to conceive and have her own child.
Sally is Dicey’s best friend and, after breaking her ankle, she chooses to go back to Moo, Australia with Dicey and Titch.
Dicey cannot believe the bad luck that has befallen her after her husband decides to part ways. Of course it was not like he was the only one being unfaithful. When her sister and best friend travel back home with her, they soon learn how gossip stirs in small towns. In no time they find themselves under a microscope. Dicey has trouble forgetting her marriage to JL. When he goes to see her, she realizes she is not ready to terminate their relationship and wishes she had reached out to him more instead of being so strong. As they begin to spend time with each other, new doors open for both of them, and with the impending loss of her pajama business, JL suggests another alternative for a million dollar deal.
The Dairy Queen is a refreshing read with characters that learn to grow from their mistakes. Dicey certainly has her moments in her up and down world, but throughout everything she encumbers, she is a trooper. Ms. Rushby incorporates secondary characters that make a nice addition to the story, blending in well to allow the storyline to flow smoothly. She creates a revitalizing story that displays how wonderful it is to find love the second time around.
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