MacFarlane’s, The Cheat, is a fun read in a quirky kind of way. The two main characters, Francis and Monte are extremely lovable and true to real life. The characters are well-developed exhibiting all the insecurities and flaws that plague us as we search for true soulmate. There’s Francis, an ordinary paralegal, believing she’s fat and forty, and Monte, a popular guitar player with a local band, who thinks Francis is “fancy” fabulous. But there was no convincing Francis of that. She has no confidence in her ability to have and keep Monte; after all, she’d been down that road before and had lost her husband to the town tramp. So her self-confidence had taken a beating, all she was waiting for was for Monte to tell her it’s over. Things took a different turn than she’d expected and poor Francis was having great difficulty accepting the obvious. This was a quick, fun and interesting story. I read it in one sitting.