Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail. Let me repeat that. ASTRID PARKER DOESN’T FAIL! She is a successful businesswoman who broke out of a terrible engagement, kicks ass at everything she sets her mind to, and is extremely happy! Right? Spoiler Alert, she isn’t extremely happy. She isn’t even a little happy. She runs a decorating business, not because she chose it, but because it was what her mother expected her to do. After running into a cute carpenter (literally), she realizes that every decision in her life has been based on pleasing her mother. With the help of Jordan Everwood, the aforementioned cute carpenter, she slowly breaks out of her shell and becomes who she is meant to be.
This is the sequel to Delilah Green Doesn’t Care, which I enjoyed very much, but I liked this one even more. The central plot focuses on the remodeling of an old inn, and the author is definitely mocking HGTV design shows, and lamenting about shiplap and gray walls, and that alone would have stolen my heart! I was worried about how the author would handle Astrid discovering she was bisexual, but I think it was done well. I identified so hard with Astrid. My Virgo/Ravenclaw perfectionist tendencies have ruined my happiness on more than one occasion. I also have a mother with controlling and perfectionist tendencies, but I could write a whole damn book myself on that.
The only reason I didn’t give this book Five Stars is that it was a little too long. Read this if you like cute and confused lesbians, or if you despise the decorating style of Chip and Joanna Gaines.