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Driving Miss Crazy by D.J. Van Oss

Posted on the 14 June 2017 by Bubblebathbooks
Driving Miss Crazy by D.J. Van Oss She wants to go places. He's got the car. If only things were that simple. Widowed father Adrian Adams isn't looking to change his life. He just wants to keep his seven-year-old daughter Charlie safe and happy. The last thing he expects is to suddenly lose his job as a driver for the Washington DC diplomatic community. Luckily, he's offered a new embassy driving assignment, one that starts with a tea cup-and-tie collision with a clumsy, cute, and oddly charming Irish woman with a penchant for talking to squirrels. Maggie MacNally always seems to fall short, especially when it comes to her family's expectations. She's bracing again for disappointment as she tries to forge a new life in DC. Then an out-of-the-blue summons from her influential grandmother offers her one last chance at success-a chance that puts her in Adrian's back seat and on the road to a career in the family business of international diplomacy. Is Maggie finally headed where she wants to go, or is her big opportunity just another wrong turn? Is Adrian ready to take a second chance at love, or is he determined to put on the brakes before Maggie drives him crazy? And what's with all the squirrels?

Driving Miss Crazy was just so much fun. I laughed out loud several times, startling Mr. Bubby out of his well-deserved sleep. I guess I shouldn't read humorous stories after bedtime! Adrian and Maggie, our main characters, are super cute together. They have chemistry right off the bat and even when distractions arise, like Mr. Smarmy Pants Valery (from the French embassy, naturally) they still work well together.

Adrian's little girl Charlie was absolutely charming and her conversations are really well depicted.

Oooh, especially the one where she's practicing for the play and makes her dad be the handsome prince and Maggie the princess? She's adorable!

Yes, that one was especially cute. In fact, I was super surprised to find out that a man wrote this book. Not that I am opposed to menfolk or anything but they usually don't get the nuances of romance or children's chatter in the written form. Driving Miss Crazy is a madcap adventure which I thought would be too slapstick for me from the description -

Because you're so sophisticated and all that, right? (She even puts her little finger in the air when she's drinking her tea, don't you know!)

I would say that I simply have a more mature taste in humor than you, Bubby. Something that I developed in my myriad travels and experiences.

The only mature you are is the support hose kind.

"To be of good quality, you have to excuse yourself from the presence of shallow and callow minded individuals." ― Michael Bassey Johnson That's all I have to say about you and your rude comments. Anyway, I ended up liking Driving Miss Crazy although our main character Maggie did drive me a little crazy.

She is very naïve and has a hard time realizing that she'd be most happy by following her own heart and not trying to live up to the expectations of others. But she figures it all out in plenty of time for a grand, over-the-top happy ending. Driving Miss Crazy was fun, quirky, and had all the elements I love in a fluffy romance - even an appearance by the Queen of England! Another great option for your summer beach reading.

No joke-a cameo by the Queen of England! The ending is a little outrageous but fits in nicely with the overall insane tone of the story. Adrian and Maggie's friend Jelly were especially endearing to me. Driving Miss Crazy is a surprisingly good début novel and I would recommend it as a satisfying, entertaining read.

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