Book Review: Mimi Plus Two, by Whitney Dineen

WARNING: This contains SPOILERS for The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan (reviewed here). If you have not read it yet, go back and read it now! (We promise you’ll enjoy it.) Good news is that it isFREE for Kindle through May 6th.

Mimi Finnegan is back and funnier than ever!

Mimi has it all. She’s marrying the love of her life, about to have his baby and is moving into the house of her dreams.

Things couldn’t be better! Until her wedding, that is, when everyone toasts to her perfect life.

Not one to tempt the fates, Mimi is sure her loved ones are jinxing her future happiness. Enter pregnancy drama, aristocratic in-laws and catastrophic postpartum depression. Mimi’s journey is hilarious, heart-warming and borderline insane. Hormonal hell leaves her questioning her husband’s origins, prepping for the end of the world and wondering if her sanity will ever return.

This book is for every woman who understands that love, laughter and tears are the very foundation of being a wife, mother and daughter-in-law. (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.)


Sara Steven:

After reading The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan, I didn’t think it could get any better. I was wrong! Mimi Plus Two is fun, honest, and completely candid, taking us into the larger-than-life world of Mimi. She’s the best friend I’d love to have in real life!

While reading Mimi’s journey this go around, I couldn’t help but picture a young Lucille Ball. Granted, Mimi is a smidge taller than the incomparable actress, but her comedic timing, her personality, everything about her was played to utter perfection. Even amidst the chaos she’s created for herself, within her own mind, what shines through the most are the funny moments, the silver linings.

While there are a few scenarios going on in Mimi’s world that I’m not able to relate to, I felt as though I could still identify with her, as a wife and as a mother. Also, I thought it was great that there are realistic, true to life issues included that can can be part of being a parent. I think so many of us feel as though we have to put on a brave face and can’t admit when we need help. As charmed as Mimi’s life appears, she also seeks guidance, and isn’t afraid to do so.

I felt Mimi Plus Two was the complete package, with a little bit of everything to keep me entertained, engrossed, and enlightened. A great read!

Melissa A:

It was great to be reunited with Mimi and her family. It was like we had never parted. That’s because Whitney Dineen gives some recaps from what happened in The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan. Mimi is just as quirky and entertaining as she was in the previous book. I laughed out loud many times from her shenanigans. I agree with Sara’s Lucille Ball comparison.

When you read this novel, you need to think of it as farcical. Everything is big and some improbable scenarios take place. You also have to keep in mind that Mimi is filthy rich and you need to be okay with that. Anyone else in Mimi’s shoes (the very expensive kind) having the same thoughts and feelings she did would not be able to act on them in the same way without going completely broke. The part where her husband paid a fortune for watermelon when it was out of season, just because Mimi had a craving, was just a small example of this fact.

There were definitely things I could relate to, even though I might not want to admit some of it. Other aspects seemed a bit far-fetched, or made me even more paranoid than I have been. Having said that, there are some darker parts to this story that were not present in the previous book. A lot of the time while reading Mimi Plus Two, I kept picturing Whitney as Mimi. Perhaps this is because she put so much of herself into it.

Overall, it was an entertaining and enjoyable read and I hope for a third book. I do want to warn women who are currently expecting or who have just recently given birth to hold off on reading until they aren’t feeling as emotional. I’m just glad I read this five YEARS after having my last child, even though it’s hard to ever turn off the emotions once you become a mother.

Reviewed for Chick Lit Central

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