Friday, November 5, 2021

HEAD OVER STILLETOS (the Fab Forties Series) by Liwen Y. Ho, Reviewed by Trixi Oberembt

“God would have to change me a lot to fall for a plumber.”

With her classic humor, Liwen drew me in from the first sentence where we meet Josie, a forty-something struggling with getting older. I instantly connected with her, it was as if she were my twin...the only difference being she's all fancy and wears stilettos as her every day wear and I'm more like her single mom friend Cassie in sweats, t-shirt and tennis shoes. She also blurts out the first thing that comes to mind and I have a bad habit of doing just that. And I also struggle with the woes of getting older, especially when like Josie, I feel I'm WAY too young for progressive glasses. I just love her character, it was like watching myself saying and doing exactly what she did.
“This aging deal is not for the faint of heart—literally.”

Graham is our hero and attractive older man, one who knew Josie when she was just twelve and had a major crush on him....even though there's a decade of years between them. Proposing marriage to him at that tender age, yeah, he didn't forget that either! Set up by Peter and Piper (you met them in Retying the Knot) to save her from a leaky toilet, he's surprised when he reconnects with a very grown up Josie. These two are like oil and water though and the opposites attract troupe is a fun one to watch play out. The banter between them is enough to make one snicker and at the same time want to knock heads together!

“We're about as different as two people can be. But what we have in common—our faith, a shared history, and mutual passions—keep the spark alive.”

Just like the first book in the Fab Fourties series, Liwen included themes of faith, humor and just a fun, quick read when you want a romance story to escape a few hours into. I love her characters, they struggle with real things in life but she shows grace and lessons for the heart I can't wait for Cassie's story next in Love at Second Chance.
*I received a complimentary copy from the author and was not obligated to leave a positive review. All opinions expressed here are my own. Originally part of the "Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever After" boxed set.

BackCover Blurb:
All this plumber wants is a crack at romance.

Josie: My friend was supposed to refer me to a plumber. Instead, she sends a Hugh Jackman lookalike to my bridal boutique. Wearing a leather jacket and tight jeans. And riding a motorcycle. The sight is almost enough to make me forget about my nearly-doomed grand opening, especially when I recognize Graham as my childhood crush.

Graham: Sure, Josie once proposed marriage to me, but that was when she was twelve. Fast forward thirty years, and we’re both adults now. She’s single, gorgeous, and definitely not the kind of girl to fall for a plumber. But that doesn’t stop me from wanting to change her mind.

Josie: The last thing my fragile heart needs right now is a blast from the past that leaves me red-hot and mortified. Who knew Graham would still remember my proposal? What’s crazier is that he said if I asked him to marry me today, he’d say yes!

Graham: Wooing clients isn’t usually part of my services, but when it comes to Josie, love might not be just a pipe dream after all. But proving to her that I’m the real deal will be the biggest challenge of this job … especially if I can’t get her leaky toilet fixed in time!

Available October, 2021, at Amazon in digital ebook and paperback.


  1. Thank you so much for this thoughtful review, Trixi!

    1. You're welcome Liwen! I just love your stories :-)


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