From the start, Not Just A Mistress is both charming and engaging. Sophie, the protagonist, finds herself in the throes of an unexpected pregnancy by a man who had lied about his life. He passes away and Sophie must find the courage to deal with the aftermath. Adding to the complication, Sophie’s family rejects her in a painful manner.
Rollins writes the story of Sophie regaining control of her life with a spirit of love, understanding, and discovering the good other people can offer. The underscoring theme brought about through the romantic interest, Billy, and Sophie’s newfound friendships, is a warm ode to the idea that family is broader in scope than blood relations. It is a choice, a leap of faith, and a commitment to empathy and respect for others.