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Reviewed by Paul F. Murray for Readers' Favorite
In The Eyes Have It by Julie Allan, readers who have gone through troubled marriages or who have been to a funeral lately will develop an immediate connection with the main character, Lizzie Long. Going through a divorce from a husband who merely used her as window-dressing for making political connections, Lizzie relies for emotional support on her recently-widowed Aunt Dorothy, plus her friends, M.A. (short for Mary Ann) and Amy, sister to Bennett, a potential rebound love interest for Lizzie. Lizzie and Bennett were an item in high school and before Lizzie broke up with him to marry “Mark,” a no-good user of women with a wandering eye. Lizzie tries to get back into the dating scene, but she always seems to attract the wrong men, including one date with a recovering alcoholic who goes off the wagon right in front of Lizzie. Another date turns out to be a married man looking for a mistress. Meanwhile, Lizzie is trying to assert her independence from Mark by starting up her own café/restaurant. Will Lizzie be able to make a success of her new business venture? How will the fact that Bennett is the landlord for Lizzie’s business property affect their potential relationship? For that matter, will an old flame of Bennett’s be able to lure him away from Lizzie?
I enjoyed reading The Eyes Have It by Julie Allan. It is a nice slice-of-life novel which will take readers on a tour of coastal “Lowcountry” South Carolina and the culture of that area. Lizzie is a determined young woman who wants to establish her own financial independence so that if she does marry again, it will be for love and on her terms, and not as a pawn in a political soap opera. Lizzie is 28 years old going on 29, and young women will likely enjoy reading about a heroine from their own age group instead of a 17-year-old. The novel will sit well with readers who enjoy pleasant, easy-going entertainment.