Misty Hill is a town where everyone knows everyone’s business and Nick Marhoffer found this out the hard way. After signing up for coach of his son’s new baseball team, meeting the hot and sexy Diet Coke Mom, and losing his job at the newspaper during the great recession, the stress was unbearable. When conceivable, but untrue, rumors spread that he was sleeping with Tess, aka Diet Coke Mom, Nick’s world crumbles. His wife, Marcy, kicks him out with nothing to live on, but credit cards. Holed up in a cheap hotel, he makes plans to continue with his life no matter what happens. Will he lose the family he loved because of a stupid misunderstanding?
Along with the seriousness there is a lot of funny stuff in this book including the “bad coaching moments”, dealing with the Notoriously Obnoxious Dad, or N.O.D. for short, the Science Fair Smackdown, and all the trials and tribulations of coaching seven-year-old and eight-year-old boys for the first time.
Nick is a funny, sincere, loving, father and husband who is only human and trying to deal ineffectively with a mid-life crisis. He is likable and it’s refreshing to read about a male protagonist for a change. If you like contemporary fiction about the humorous and serious side of marriage, fatherhood, and little league baseball, you will enjoy this novel.