Inside their picture-perfect homes, the residents of this quiet California suburb are not at all what they seem.
Lance is a former weatherman, now a buff yogi, stay-athome dad, and manager of his daughter’s Girl Scout troop’s cookie distribution. Belle is his precocious and quick-witted daughter. Darlene is a classic Type A work-a-holic, she has little time or patience for the needs of her husband and daughter
And just down the street are Alec and Wren. Alec, a womanizing businessman, is also the financial backer—and sometimes more—behind Darlene’s burgeoning empire. Meanwhile, Wren is a doting mother and talented yogi, ready to lay down the mat for a quick session with Lance.
As looming Santa Ana winds threaten to turn brushfires into catastrophe; Playdate proves that relationships are complicated and the bonds between families, spouses and children are never quite what they seem. What happens next door, beyond the hedges, in the romper room and executive office—it’s all as combustible as a quick brushfire on a windy day.
My Comments: I read this and it’s not my type of book. It is kind of depressing although it is advertised as funny. I guess I just don’t think that adultery is funny at all. The story, however, was written well enough to engage me and cause me to finish the book.
I love the idea of a nurturing stay-at-home dad. If the mom can’t be that, it’s great that the Dad CAN be! Our main character stays at home with his young daughter. He cooks, cleans and keeps the home fires burning. His wife is trying to start a restaurant and is gone long hours.
This book well depicts different areas of CA. It is not glamorous in all of southern CA, although many times Hollywood would like to make it out to be so. Some areas are desert and just plain HOT. There are rich, snooty areas and poor areas. There are beautiful areas, and just plain awful areas. This book distinguishes between two such areas, and well I believe.
The cover is pretty accurate. The characters ring plastic and several are players (kind of Barbie and Kennish). The fire is crucial in helping the characters realize what is truly important in life – kind of predictable.
I hope you have enough information to make an informed decision of whether or not to read this book. It’s not for everyone.