And Now There's Zelda

The Perfect Family Life Dramedy

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Pub Date 9 May 2024 | Archive Date 27 May 2024

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For fans of the international bestselling and award-winning author of AND THEN THERE'S MARGARET comes the perfect family 'dramedy'. AND NOW THERE'S ZELDA takes readers on another relatable 'slice of life' ride as Allison Montgomery realizes the only way to survive the angst of family is to let go....and let it be.

"Perfect for women’s fiction book clubs." –Lorne Park Book Club

Dealing with a controlling, manipulative, and self-absorbed mother-in-law can be a challenge. But when your child brings home a fiancé who’s completely unworthy, and the shoe is suddenly on the other foot, do you take the high road, or get down and dirty?

It's been five years since Allison Montgomery's beloved father-in-law, George, passed away and her cantankerous mother-in-law, Margaret, moved in. After nearly killing each other during their initial adjustment period, Allie and Margaret have finally buried the hatchet and have even launched a thriving home staging business together.

Today, Allie is enjoying life. That is until her twenty-two-year-old son, Cameron, unexpectedly brings home Zelda, his new fiancé. The problem is, no one has ever met or even heard of her. And when Zelda's first impression raises more than a few red flags, Allie finds herself in unfamiliar territory.

Facing the prospect of becoming a mother-in-law far sooner than expected, and to someone unworthy of her darling baby boy, Allie's protective instinct kicks in. And who better to turn to for guidance and support than Margaret, her former nemesis and master of the mothers-in-law's dark arts.

Allie and Margaret launch Project Zelda, an intervention of sorts designed to show Cameron who Zelda really is and to prevent him from making a catastrophic mistake. However, with Zelda's ingratiating behavior, Margaret's occasional disappearances, and Allie's doubts about turning into her own mother-in-law, will Allie find a way to reconcile her protective instincts or will history repeat itself?

For fans of the international bestselling and award-winning author of AND THEN THERE'S MARGARET comes the perfect family 'dramedy'. AND NOW THERE'S ZELDA takes readers on another relatable 'slice of...


A Note From the Publisher

Carolyn Clarke founder and curator of HenLit Central, a blog focused on 'life and lit' for women over 40. And Now There's Zelda is her second novel after And Then There's Margaret (2022). She has been an ESL teacher for over sixteen years and has co-authored several articles and resources with Cambridge University Press and MacMillan Education as well as her award-winning blog ESL Made Easy. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her partner, Tony, her two daughters and bulldog, Sophie.

Carolyn Clarke founder and curator of HenLit Central, a blog focused on 'life and lit' for women over 40. And Now There's Zelda is her second novel after And Then There's Margaret...


Advance Praise

"It was admirable how each character evolved in their own way, modulating and mending their bonds with others. There were plenty of heart-warming scenes that made this a feel-good read." –Readers' Favorite

"I completed narrating And Now There's Zelda yesterday and shed a couple tears at the end. I loved it. It was such a pleasure to be a part of their story." -Lisa Lynn Sandlin, Narrator

"Perfect for women's fiction book clubs." -Lorne Park Book Club

"It was admirable how each character evolved in their own way, modulating and mending their bonds with others. There were plenty of heart-warming scenes that made this a feel-good read." –Readers'...


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I read this author's first book, "And Then There's Margaret", about Allison's relationship with her mother-in-law and how it evolved over the years after both parties learned tolerance so I was anxious to read this new book to see if it was just as good. And it did not disappoint. This book deals with the main character's relationship with a future daughter-in-law and how it evolved. It was interesting to see how long it took her to realize that now the shoe is on the other foot and see how she would handle that dynamic. A very enjoyable read.

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I read And Then There's Margaret and loved the characters. When I saw that Carolyn Clarke wrote And Now There's Zelda I had to grab it and start reading. How fun it was to visit with old characters and be introduced to new ones. The writing was witty and fun and Margaret was just as intriguing. In this setting we get to see new sides to each family member. The ending leaves me hoping for another story to emerge.

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Although I've never read anything by this author, I was very intrigued by the book. From the family drama and their personal relationships, to the well described and consistent characters, which I will not go into some detail here, otherwise would be giving away spoilers.
In my opinion as a reader, the book is well done, especially because we're talking about "in-law" relationships that often become important to understand, especially when a stranger joins the family. The effort to prevent a potentially disastrous relationship makes the plot even more addictive and comical.
The descriptive detail, the touching and funny dialogues, the different personalities, as well as the whole space and time captivate and hold the reader to the book.
Even thought all the plot is nice and attractive in terms of reading, I felt a bit of judgment from the mother’s side, giving a bit the idea that mothers-in-law from the man side never like potential daughters-in-law.
Nevertheless, it gives to the reader an insight about the way mothers have concerns about their children happiness.
I recommend it.

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“And Now There’s Zelda” by Carolyn Clarke is a witty sequel to “And Then There’s Margaret”. In the first book (Margaret), Allison Montgomery needs to deal with her sticky relationship with her mother-in-law after her father-in-law dies. Against all odds, they reconcile their differences and learn how to coexist together. The tables have turned when Allison’s son brings home his fiancé, Zelda. Exactly who is this person and why have they gotten engaged so quickly? Now it is Allison who acts a bit like the (future) mother-in-law from hell. How can she not? After all, she is only protecting her son.

It is possible to read “And Now There’s Zelda” as a stand-alone book, but I believe the background story from the first book is important to really get Allison’s struggles. Many thanks to Net Galley and to the publisher for an ARC. My opinion is my own.

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I really enjoyed reading this, it had that drama comedy element that I was looking for and enjoyed the overall feel worked with this story. The characters were everything that I wanted and enjoyed how realistic it was. I was hooked from the first page and thought everything worked with the whole story. Carolyn Clarke has a great writing style and left me wanting to read more from her.

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Thank you to Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review this book!

If you love family/domestic dramas, laughs and characters who incredibly relatable, then this book is for you!

As a middle-aged mom meets her new soon-to-be daughter-in-law, she is thrown back into the drama that encompassed her own mother-in-law, with whom there was a rocky start and a tumultuous relationship. In an effort to rid of her maybe daughter-in-law, she teams up with her own MIL to show her son who his fiancée really is. Throughout that process, she is tested and forced to look into her own relationships.

I loved the build of the characters and relationships in this book. I truly laughed out loud so much and enjoyed how thorough the book was in describing relationships and framing the scenarios throughout the book.

I look forward to reading more by Carolyn Clarke!

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After she came to understand and almost like her mother in law in AND THERE'S MARGARET, Ally is facing some major decisions as her son introduces his fiance, Zelda. All is ure Zelda is wrong for her son and she knows the perfect person to help her scare Zelda off......Margaret. But does that mean she is now the bad mother in law to be that she swore she's never be?

This was a very interesting follow up to Clarke's first book on families and their interactions that sometimes feel more like military actions. I have now read BOTH books and would recommend them to anyone looking for something different than the mystery/thrillers I usually read. I know several people who NEED these books!!!

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