The Opposite of Maybe (2014) is the latest fiction by Maddie Dawson, pseudonym of journalist and author Sandi Kahn Shelton. It is a messy but charming tale of second chances that introduces Rosie and Jonathan, who have been together for fifteen years, happily unmarried and living the life in Connecticut that suits them both. Then Jonathan accepts a job opportunity on the other side of the country, in San Diego, and finally proposes marriage.
Rosie agrees to go with her fiance, although she has some reservations, but then backs out at the last minute in favor of moving in with her eighty-eight-year-old grandmother Soapie, who raised her. Soapie is slowing down and could use some help, but she has a boarder/gardener/personal assistant who fills the bill in his own quirky way.
Rosie doesn’t approve of Tony. He is a bad influence on her grandmother, but two weeks after Jonathan leaves the forty-four-year old discovers she is pregnant for the first time, and Tony is there for her. There are subsequent revelations about her mother, and Tony has complications of his own. Rosie must decide how to live with new priorities while being true to herself.