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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Life Rolls Along by Linda Nielsen is one of those novels that mixes absurdity with the seriousness, social commentary, and tenderness that we all look for in fiction. Skye Topple’s marriage is not turning into the ideal union that he hoped for. His wife, Delaney Mae Anne, is an oaf much like the woman who conceived her, Terri Sue Ellen. His mother-in-law tries her best but often falls short in matching wits with his mother, Melissa. Even if his life threatens to crumble, Skye tries his best to keep it together. But when Paddington Burke, the son of a real-estate mogul, sets his eyes on Delaney, it becomes a different ballgame as his social-climbing in-laws push their daughter into the affair to level up their social standing. Skye joins forces with Radcliff Beauregard von Campe, his mother-in-law’s unwanted stepbrother, for a plan that is backed up with enough facts to make his in-laws chew their fingernails.
Life Rolls Along is a novel that examines human discontent under a humorous lens. It does not limit itself to the complications of human relationships, as the title suggests that life must move on, and Linda Nielsen gets creative and ambitious with how she makes her protagonist handle his affairs. Skye Topple will eventually win your admiration by fighting for what he thinks is right. Nielsen writes with intensity as she doesn’t make it easy for Skye to get there. She creates many complications for him, and it is a lot of fun to trail Skye on how he navigates his way out of them. Life Rolls Along also makes some well-aimed observations about society and pokes satirical fun at the well-to-do, showing that being rich is not the answer. It turns out to be a touching romantic comedy.