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Book Review: The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison (9781451695977)

51aoPrUgPHLGloria, Dot, Liddy and Marjorie agreed to secret pact number thirty-four in 1962 that when their kids grow up and their husbands die, they will move to France.  On the same day they started pact number thirty-five, The Dirty Book Club.  “A fifty-four-year tradition that would save them all.”

M.J. Stark’s work was her escape.  When she was editing other people’s stories she forgot about her own, but when she was offered co-editor in chief of her magazine, it was a kick in the teeth.  She was promised editor-in-chief, but her boss didn’t think she could handle it by herself.  Therefore, she left New York and moved to California to live with her boyfriend, Dan Hartwell.

M.J. met Dan’s neighbor Gloria and her life changed forever.  When Gloria’s husband died, Gloria moved to France and gave four more women (M.J., Addie, Jules and Britt) their secret letters and their forbidden library.  The young women weren’t big fans of each other, but their lives became entwined for better or worse.

I have read my fair share of Chick Lit and this book was okay.  Nothing extraordinary.  Just another novel about four women with unique personalities who become friends.  If you like Sex and the City, this book is for you.

Thank you to Ms. Harrison, Gallery Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.

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Book review: Little Black Dress by Susan McBride (0062027190)

Relationships between mothers and daughters can sometimes be intense, but when you put a magical little black dress into the mix, it’s extremely life changing.

The story carries you through the tempestuous relationship between Evie (mother) and Antonia (daughter) and the little black dress that brings them together.

I literally could not put this book down. I read it in one sitting. Every other chapter is written in either Evie’s voice or Antonia’s voice and the author does a fine job in the transition.

A great summer read!

Thank you to BookBrowse’s First Impression for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book review: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough by Ruth Pennebaker (9780425238561)

“Hell was three generations of women living under the same roof.”

Joanie “Roxanne” Pilcher is a divorcee who has found out that her ex is going to be a daddy with the young woman he is living with and her new boss, Zoe, thinks she is a charity case.  From Joanie:  “What was worst of all to Joanie was that Zoe hadn’t seen anything special in her.  She had instead glommed on to Joanie as some kind of sad cliché.  A shopworn, middle-aged housewife whose husband had dumped her.  A feminist cause to be championed.  A little social experiment in doing good.”

Ivy Horton is a widow and a kleptomaniac who is forced to live with her daughter and granddaughter when she lost money during the recession.  From Ivy: “Depression.  Maybe it wasn’t a mental illness anymore.  It was what they now called old age.”

Caroline Pilcher is a teen who is misunderstood and angry at her parents for the mess they made of her life.  She also has a crush on a boy at school that doesn’t even know she exists…or does he?  From  Caroline:  “Yes, that was it.  B.J. saw right through [Caroline], knew she didn’t have any friends, had never been kissed, was a hopeless, flat-chested virgin who spent her whole life thinking, obsessing, dreaming about a good-looking guy who’d barely even noticed her, couldn’t have picked her out in a lineup of felons.”

All three women are lonely and trying to figure out how to cope with their lives and, unfortunately, don’t know how to communicate with each other.

This book is funny and sad and it was a quick read.  However, I was disappointed in the ending.  Maybe it was me, but I felt that it just stopped.  I wanted to know how they all  turned out after they discovered themselves and confronted those people that didn’t understand them.

Thank you to Ruth Pennebaker and PR by the Book for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book review: Who Got Liz Gardner? by Elizabeth Allen (184923888X)

This book is for those women who fantasize about sexual adventures, and who enjoy “coming of age” books where the character finally “gets it”.  Not to mention you will laugh out loud at times.  Being the product of a dysfunctional family Liz Gardner is a free spirit who goes through men like butter and doesn’t look back. She knows what she wants and she takes it no matter the consequences. This book is her guide through her acting career, her wild and wacky relationships and finally a fitting ending. To say it in Liz’s words, “I drove through my life without a safety belt, miraculously surviving my reckless choices”. This is a fast-paced, hilarious first novel by Elizabeth Allen which I hope you will enjoy as much as I did.

Thank you to Elizabeth Allen for giving me the opportunity to review her novel.

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Book review: The Divorce Party by Laura Dave (9780143115601)

This book gives “Meet the Parents” a new twist.

Gwyn Huntington has been married 35 years to the day and she’s having a divorce party… for herself.  Her husband Thomas has claimed he is found religion and wants to move on, but she knows the real truth.  What will Thomas do when she reveals her surprise?

Maggie MacKenzie is engaged to Nate Huntington and they are planning to scrape enough money together to open a restaurant.  As if that isn’t enough she is meeting her future in-laws at their divorce party.  She isn’t thrilled.  Even more surprising is that Nate has just told her that he is wealthy.  Unfortunately, Nate has another surprise in store.  Can she forgive and forget?  Can she trust him again?

Georgia is Nate’s very pregnant unwed sister and her wayward boyfriend, Denis, is a no-show at the party.  Will he be there to support Georgia, or will he continue to be the ne’er do well in Georgia’s parents’ eyes?

It is written in Gwyn and Maggie’s words which are full of anger, humor, regret and hope.  It is a good read for everyone and I read that Universal Studios has bought the movie rights.

Thanks to Laura Dave and FSB Associates for sharing her book with me to review.

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