Monday, April 13, 2015

Roll with the Punches: A Story of Roller Derby, Alzheimer's and Plagiarism by Amy Gettinger

Roll with the Punches
by Amy Gettinger

My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: March 23, 2015
Publisher: Raucous Eucalyptus Press
Genre: Humorous Chick Lit
Print Length: 412 pages
Available from: Amazon


A rollicking, humorous chick lit adventure, full of fun and light romance.
Falling is extra hard on tall people, like Rhonda Hamilton: the bone breakage, the bruises, the ignominy of it all. And Rhonda’s falling, hard. The latest novel from a reclusive national bestselling author is a twin to the manuscript she’s just finished and started marketing to agents. Some wild roller derby girls add a hint of crazy to Rhonda’s hunt for the book thief, but can they find out the truth before her reputation tanks?
Plus, Dad is acting odd, storing milk in the garage and throwing away Rhonda’s clothes. Two drool-worthy guys offer to help, guys Rhonda would gladly fall for, if her life weren’t careening between crazy Dad, crazier roller girls, and crazy-cute hunks, then rocketing through derby bouts, giant mudslides and burlesque fundraisers. If she wants to nail the wily plagiarist and keep Dad safe, Rhonda had better stay up on her skates to avoid a very big fall.

Roll with the PunchesMy Review 
Roll with the Punches: A Story of Roller Derby, Alzheimer's and Plagiarism by Amy Gettinger

Are you looking for a quiet and warm, romantic tale filled with close and trust-worthy friends, respect among your peers and the man of your dreams being your rock-solid supporter, faithful only to you? Guess what? Roll with the Punches is NOT going to fill that bill. BUT, if you are looking for a laugh-out-loud, completely crazy and definitely offbeat romantic tale with a touch of mystery and a whole lot of humiliation for the heroine, get in line for Amy Gettinger’s story of Rhonda Hamilton’s life, fall and emotional pummeling as she deals with her world’s problems head on.

Rhonda has struggled to perfect her first novel, when suddenly, a best-selling author publishes a near identical version and she becomes a total pariah in the writing and publishing industry! Someone stole her manuscript, but who? Who is spreading those nasty lies about her being the plagiarizer? Even the man she thought was her best friend and confidant seems to be turning against her, well if you consider him having a secret wife being a negative. At home, her father is struggling with the onset of dementia and she is determined to get him the help he needs without putting him in a facility. When one of her father’s former students shows up and “shows up” her abilities to care for her dad, she is both captivated and repelled by this quiet and mysterious man. But are there sparks between them? As if she could trust her “man-radar” ever, again.

I highly recommend keeping some tissues nearby, because I had tears rolling down my cheeks from laughing so much! Want your life to seem quiet and sedate, no matter what? Check out Amy Gettinger’s in-your-face, completely irreverent take on light-hearted romance and the struggles of a single woman caught between her own life and those she cares for. Ms. Gettinger can write humor and keep it flowing, page after page, even as she endears Rhonda in the hearts of her readers. Perfect for a sunny or rainy day, or any time you want to kick your mood into happy gear overdrive!

I received this copy from Amy Gettinger in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Well - that is going on to my "to read" list

    Melissa @ Around the World in Books

    1. I almost felt guilty for all the chuckling I did, there really is some serious stuff here, Melissa! Dianne

  2. Hi Dianne.

    A curious anecdote about me that you may have been unaware of is my connection to ladies roller derby. I refereed the Birmingham Alabama 'Tragic City Rollers for a time.

    This book sounds fantastic!
    Thanks, Tome Tender!
    Cheers, Amy!
    Your pal,

  3. Thanks so much for this fabulous review, Dianne! I am overwhelmed! And cheers to you, as well, Icky