“A Job You Mostly Won’t Know How To Do”- Book Review

Grief and loss for a loved one, are something that I do not think anyone is prepared for. A dear friend of ours that shared my love for the outdoors and Montana, suddenly passed away in December. None of us were prepared, and it has affected our familial group. Our extended family consists of members that we have known our entire lives, and his death was as devastating as if it had been a blood relative. He was the one who had introduced me to the books from author Pete Fromm, who wrote “The Indian Creek Chronicles” (previously featured in Books For Adventuring Bookworms) and the author of newly released “A Job You Mostly Won’t Know How To Do“.

I have been a fan of Pete Fromm since I read the “Indian Creek Chronicles“, so when I was asked to review his newest book about Montana and loss of a loved one, I was very excited. He is a brilliant author and I am a bit of a fan girl, but I felt that it was also a way to come full circle in my current journey of grieving. I think my friend would have loved this book as much as I did. There is crying and loss, and happiness and hope. There are breath-taking descriptions of Montana’s wild landscapes and heart wrenching descriptions of the harsh scars of wildfires left in the forests. And a little bit of fishing too… **Please note, this book was sent to me to review, at no cost. This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you but by clicking, I may earn a small commission.

A Job You Mostly Won’t Know How To DoBy Pete Fromm

By Pete Fromm

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From the back cover: “Five-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award, Pete Fromm returns with his big-hearted new novel, a love story about family and resiliency and second chances. For young couple Taz and Marnie, their fixer upper is the symbol of their new life together: a work in progress, the beginning of something grand, all the more so when they learn a baby is on her way. But the blueprint for the perfect life eludes Taz when Marnie dies in childbirth, plummeting the taciturn carpenter headfirst into the new, strange world of fatherhood alone, a landscape of contradictions, of great joy and sorrow. With a supporting cast as rich and compelling as the wild Montana landscape, the novel follows Taz’s first two years as a father – a job no one can be fully prepared for.”

About the book: Taz and his wife Marnie live in a small town in Montana, trying to make ends meet and renovate their fixer-upper. They have big dreams for their house and for the future. When they find out they are having a baby, Taz doubts himself, but it becomes worse when Marnie dies in childbirth. Taz struggles to be a good parent, but is drowning in his grief and has little support except for the tribe he has inadvertently built and soon realizes that it takes a village. Help comes to him from unexpected people. Pete Fromm takes you on a journey from when a person is at their lowest point to when they finally realize there is hope, and reflects that resiliency and healing are things that can come from tragedy.

My thoughts on this book: This book paints the picture of modern Montanan life. Taz is a struggling construction worker like most men are in this state and loves the outdoors. Like the modern Montanan, he is an old soul in a complicated world. Fromm’s description of the areas is so accurate and I can see the landscape as clearly as if I was there. We all fear losing a loved one, but for Taz it is particularly hard because he is left with a baby to raise all by himself. He is lost and lonely. His immediate family is of little support, and those around him chip in to help him in his new role as a father and grieving, young widow. Not only does Taz learn and grow, but his tribe does as well. Fromm emphasizes the Montanan values of neighbors helping neighbors and the positives of small-town Montanan life.

Make sure you have a box of tissues. This book is raw and emotional and you will cry and laugh and cheer Taz on because you want him to make it. You want to Taz to be a good dad and find a reason for living. The reader will become Taz’s cheerleader just like his friends in the book. It is amazing how we as people can be at our lowest points, but are able to find our way back. The ending was a little different than what I expected, but it was a good ending, leaving me satisfied. This is not typically a book I would normally review, but I am glad I reviewed it. And is does have fishing, hiking and Montana in it. 🙂

If you are looking for a new book to read this summer, whether it is in the car or on your porch and or when you are camping, this would make a great read. Read it! Read it! Read it! I promise you will love it. This book is easy to read and Fromm is able to keep you engaged until the very last page. Fromm is originally from Wisconsin, but currently lives in Montana with his family and is currently on the faculty of the Pacific University’s low-residency MFA program. You can visit Pete Fromm at his website, petefromm.com. On his site, Fromm strongly encourages readers to purchase their books at local bookstores. I am hoping to meet him and maybe get a selfie this week when he visits our local book store, as part of his Northwest tour. If you do read this book, be sure to leave a note in the comments. I hope you love it as much as I did. Love, Pauline

Update: I got to meet Pete Fromm just before his reading at Chapter One Bookstore. I got my selfie…

Pete Fromm and I at Chapter One Books.


  • Charlene

    5 years agoReply

    This book looks really interesting! Thanks for sharing – I never would have heard of it otherwise

  • Tracy

    5 years agoReply

    Great review. Thanks for sharing!

  • Yolanda

    5 years agoReply

    Thanks for sharing. I may need to share this with a colleague who loss her daughter in March.

  • Holly Bird

    5 years agoReply

    What a great review! Thank you for sharing! So Glad you got to meet the author!

  • Laura

    5 years agoReply

    Great review. It looks like a tear-jerker

  • Malia

    5 years agoReply

    This sounds like it would just open me up, make me cry, then patch me together again. Yikes. I’m a little nervous at the prospect, but it sounds like a great read!

  • Kristi @ Way Beyond The Norm

    5 years agoReply

    Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the review!

  • Laura Follett

    5 years agoReply

    Very interesting! I usually like to read mystery/suspense, and I’m a sucker for young adult novels – think Twilight and Hunger Games, but I just might give this one a try!

    • admin

      5 years agoReply

      I love youth fiction too, but every once in awhile I find an adult novel that I fall in love with

  • Brittany

    5 years agoReply

    Great review! I know a few people who could benefit from a book like this. So glad you got to review an author you love so much!

  • Jennifer Morrison

    5 years agoReply

    What an emotional book, and I am sure emotional to read when you only recently lost a loved one. It sounds like a great story, that not only brings out the feel of Montana, but that feeling that we all get when plans, life, love, suddenly changes.

  • Karla

    5 years agoReply

    Now I’m itching to start a new book! Thanks!

  • Lina

    5 years agoReply

    Sounds like a great book. And you got your selfie! Thanks for the great review.

  • Jill

    5 years agoReply

    Have on my summer reading list!

  • Tricia Snow

    5 years agoReply

    This book sounds like a great find! Thank you for the review!

  • Heather

    5 years agoReply

    Thanks for the great review. I love books that paint such a vivid picture of where the story takes place.

  • Shirley

    5 years agoReply

    This is the kind of book I love to read! Thanks for the review and I’ll be checking the book out for purchase too.

  • Leigh Ann

    5 years agoReply

    I love local authors and his book sounds great. Also, really cool you got yo meet him. I’ll be checking this book out for sure!

  • Meagan

    5 years agoReply

    Sounds like a great book to add to my reading list!

  • Nicki

    5 years agoReply

    Great review! Thank you!

  • Kim

    5 years agoReply

    This sounds like a book I would like. I haven’t read many that are from the dad’s point of view so this would be an interesting read!

  • Dawnmarie @ EnjoyingtheDays

    5 years agoReply

    Oh, Dear, this book seems sad. It is interesting to see a book focusing on a man and father, yet I might find myself blubbering while reading it!

  • jen

    5 years agoReply

    This is actually one of the better book reviews I’ve read. Just enough info and opinion to make me want to read it. Not too much and not too little. (most often people write too much) I’ll look for it!

  • Kyndall Bennett

    5 years agoReply

    I feel like this novel is going to have me on an emotional roller-coaster ride. Much love for showing the struggles of a single father who is dealing with loss. ❤

  • judean

    5 years agoReply

    I have stopped watching movies and reading books that make me emotional because I just have a difficult time with emotion nowadays (maybe it’s that time change thing). However, II will share this read with my friends and family who enjoy reading so it feels like a great read for those who like to do so.

  • Janine

    5 years agoReply

    This sounds super sad! But I guess books that hit on the emotions are the ones that are worth reading.

  • Michelle

    5 years agoReply

    This sounds like a great book – I would probably cry with this one!

  • Cindy

    5 years agoReply

    Sounds like a great book! Awesome review. And how special that you got to meet the author!

  • Liza

    5 years agoReply

    Thank you for sharing this! I am always looking for new books to add to my list, especially with summertime on the way!

  • T.M. Brown

    5 years agoReply

    This sounds like a great read! Definitely can see why a box of tissues would be needed. PS – sooo sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. Sending virtual hugs ~ never easy to process.

    • admin

      5 years agoReply

      Thank you. It definitely was a loss that created ripples.

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