Time Off for Good Behavior by Lani Diane Rich

Book Reviewed by Nancy Eaton

It all starts when Wanda Lane was testifying for a case involving the Hastings Gas and Electric Company. They were responsible for the explosion three years ago that destroyed Whittle Advertising. At the same time, the explosion nearly killed Wanda.

After a heated exchange with the defense attorney, whom Wanda called pencil face, she pulled back to take a swing at him. He did not see her swing coming as he turned to look at other Hasting Gas and Electric guys. The witness stand railing gave out and slammed Wanda’s head to the floor. She ended up in the hospital with a concussion and some swelling of the brain.

This was only one of Wanda’s problems. She kept getting calls from her ex-husband. He wanted her to forgive him – other times he would threaten to kill her. Wanda’s parents haven’t spoken to her in years. On top of all this, she lost her job. She is also “hearing” music as a result of her fall.

What can she do? She decides the only answer is to start over.

Wanda wants to sue everyone. Walter Briggs, an attorney, enters her life. He just happened to pay her a visit while she was in the hospital stating he heard what happened and thought she might need a lawyer.

Does Wanda straighten out her life?

This book is hilarious. The main character really says what she thinks with no holding back. Any woman who is trying to make a change in her life will be able to relate to this book. Lani Diane Rich has created an interesting character in Wanda. You will enjoy her snide remarks throughout the book. At the same time, she is very likeable. This is a book you can read in one sitting. It is a funny book, and at the same time, a delightful, warm story about a woman trying to start over. We look forward to more books by this author!