Divorcing Dwayne

Fiction - Chick Lit
325 Pages
Reviewed on 03/13/2009
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Divorcing Dwayne opens with a bang, a double barreled bang. Francine is in jail for shooting at Dwayne and his lover. She not only caught them in bed together but in HER bed. Fortunately or maybe unfortunately she missed both of them. This is the first book in the Dwayne series.

Rarely does a book come along that will actually make me laugh out loud. This is a roll on the floor, tears running down the face, hilarious book! J.L. Miles has an incredible talent for taking a plausible situation and exaggerating it to the point of over-the-top fun. I loved the dialect. I could hear the Georgia twang (mixed with my Kentucky twang) as the characters spoke. This is the first in a new trilogy; I can hardly wait to get my hands on book 2. I think I have a new favorite author, and her name is J.L. Miles!

Karin Gillespie

This is one of the funniest books I've ever read. There's a laugh on every page (and often three or four) and the characters are priceless, yet very real.

The plot is so engaging you better prepare yourself for a long reading session. I can't say enough about this clever, and engaging novel about a relationship gone wrong. Anyone who has gone through a divorce can relate. It's the type of book that will be passed from girlfriend to girlfriend.

Shannon Greika

Divorcing Dwayne is hilarious, heartwarming and wise. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! My husband wasn't happy ~ he had to wait for his dinner. If you want a good book with great characters and a good plot, pick up a copy. Ms. Miles knows how to keep you turning the pages. I truly recommend it.

Allison Wilkerson Rooks

What a great book! I started it and finished it over a long weekend. I have shared it with several people in the office and they all love it! Once you start this book, you can not put it down. I am anxiously awaiting "Dear Dwayne."

R. Louden

Pour a glass of sweet tea and be prepared for a downhome countryfried good southern story. Thank you JL Miles, you're the bestest!!

V. Lock

When I read a book, my goal is to totally escape into another world. That is exactly what J.L Miles has allowed us to do in this hilariously funny novel about a southern girl trying to do the right thing and always seems to end up in more trouble. This is the first of a three part series, and I can't wait to get book number two!!! A must read for everyone, just for the fun of it!!!

Ann K. Fisher

Jackie Lee Miles is an author with a rare literary gift: She can write comedy as brilliantly as she writes tragedy. Roseflower Creek and Cold Rock River were powerful and heartwrenching. Divorcing Dwayne is out-and-out hilarious. Francine Harper's madcap antics are non-stop and just when you think it can't get any funnier, it does. And when you meet up with Nanny Lou, the most wonderful and wackiest grandma ever, you will know for certain how wildly imaginative the Miles sense of humor really is. I can't wait to read the sequels!

P. Lovitt

Francine Harper is having a really bad day.
> She's been arrested for trying to shoot her husband
> after she finds him in their bed with his ex-girlfriend.
> She's also pretty disappointed that she missed...three
> times. And so the story begins.
"Divorcing Dwayne" tells the story of Francine and Dwayne's relationship. As the story progresses, Francine also has to deal with issues regarding some trouble that Dwayne has gotten himself into with some shady characters. She experiences a myriad of feelings as she goes in and out of jail and as her divorce progresses. It is a funny, laugh out loud book, yet as a divorced woman, I found myself relating to a lot of what she was feeling - including her occasional desire to shoot the bastard, ummmh... I mean Dwayne.
The story takes place in rural Georgia, where divorces only take 30 days to process. Ironically, having never been in Georgia before, I was headed out there from California to be with a niece that was going through a divorce. The humor in the book, especially about Georgia, really helped lighten my mood. The timing couldn't have been better. While my niece was chasing flys around her house with a fly swatter, I read that flys are the state bird in Georgia!
Anyway, I highly recommend this novel. Women's reader groups will absolutely love it. Divorced women will relate, and anybody that just loves a good, fun story will soak it right up. I look forward to reading the next books in this series.

B. L. Bernacchi

I was hooked after reading the first sentence!! Divorcing Dwayne provides continuous laughs and giggles on every page. I highly recommend this entertaining book - go get it!!!

R. Miles

I had to buy this book, the author and I share the same last name. Maybe we're long lost relatives. Although I admit, I got mine through marriage. The protagonist of this story had quite a marriage!! This book was a fun read and I'm glad I picked it up. I laughed out loud in many spots. The ending makes you feel good. What could be better than that? Bridget Miles

N. Barnes

Francine Harper is mad!! She just found her new husband, Dwayne, in the arms of his ex-Carla, a known floozy and Francine grabs a gun and tries to shoot first and ask questions later! She gets arrested, but luckily both Dwayne and Carla survive and from that moment, the action doesn't stop. This book takes many twists and turns as Francine discovers Dwayne might be involved with the Georgia mafia, money-laundering, political office buying, there's even a topless barbershop thrown in for good measure! The result is a page turning medley of southern fun - it may be a little dramatic and stereotypical, but it's done openly and the novel invites you along for a wild ride!

This book was a whole lot of fun, southern style! I really had fun with the characters and the storyline keeps you interested. You could just hear the southern drawl and laugh at the antics Francine gets into with her friends all because of Dwayne! Francine's grandmother, Nanny Lou, is featured in this story and every time she opens her mouth, you know you're in for a good time, as she's funny and doesn't mince words.

After Francine gets arrested (twice!), she decides to go undercover with the help of her girlfriend, and they try to find out just what else Dwayne has been up to. Along the way, Dwayne disappears and Francine thinks the worst may have happened and she's determined to save him, but only if she's not too late!

The mystery behind his disappearance added depth to this "grits lit" tale. I'm intrigued to see how Miles treats a more serious storyline and have put Cold Rock River on my wish list and I will definitely look for other novels in the Dwayne series as I have to learn more about Francine Harper and her crazy family. This book is a delight and a lot of fun.

I'd also like to spend a moment talking about the book itself - it was fantastic new soft cover edition with front and end flaps that made it perfect for carrying notes, you could even use them as bookmarks and they helped to keep the book flat so that it maintained its shaped better, even after reading - I like this style and l hope that more books will have this feature.

Lois lee

Author Haywood Smith writes, "Do yourself a favor and buy this book!" I couldn't agree with her more. Protagonist Francine Harper's madcap antics kept me turning pages all night. Curl up with a copy. You won't be disappointed.