When we left Josey Berglund (in Everything’s Coming Up Josey), she was finishing up a year in Russia, and had finally admitted her love for her long-time best friend, Chase. Fast forward a year, to Josey and Chase’s wedding. That’s where we meet up with Josey again in Chill Out, Josey by Susan May Warren.
Josey imagines a picture perfect life with the perfect man. Cooking without setting off the fire alarm, getting Chase to watch something other than animal documentaries on TV, and finding the perfect home may take a little time, but Josey’s firmly committed to being the Proverbs 31 wife. Until Chase accepts a job in…you guessed it…Russia.
Our gal Josey, never one to dream small, conjures up images of working side-by-side with Chase to help Russians learn the skills necessary to start small business and contribute to the economy. She will be the ideal help-meet, and Chase will be forever in her debt. Her bubble is burst by Chase’s boss, who quickly dismisses her. Seeing Chases’ staff of Russian beauties doesn’t help, either.
Chase spends much of the next year at work, while Josey teams up with her old friend, Caleb, and his girlfriend, Daphne, to garner support for an orphanage. Will their young marriage survive the different directions they’re taking? What about the secret Josey’s keeping?
After waiting for Josey and Chase to finally realize their love for each other, I’d hoped they would settle into a peaceful marriage. That wouldn’t have been very Josey-like. Once again, Warren paves a wonderfully funny and bumpy road for our heroine…and helps us see that life isn’t perfect this side of Heaven.
Still, a girl can try…right?
Melissa has been captivated by books for as long as she can remember. She resides in Virginia and at Breath of Life.