Gloria, 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.
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.
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.
Gwen Wright, daughter of wealthy entrepreneur, Cassandra Wright, is introverted and holding a secret. Her chance meeting with Jewel Fairchild, beautiful,confident and making a meager living, kicks off a life-long feud that dramatically changes their lives both good and bad. I listened to the audiobook and at first thought this story was based in the early 19th century and later realized that it was a contemporary novel. It is interesting how this book could actually be interpreted in another time. I enjoyed this refreshing novel which didn’t contain all the sex, drugs and violence that many contemporary books do.