Review: I’m Not The New Me

Blogging and online diaries are a very popular thing these days. Nearly everyone has something to say. I’m Not the New Me by Wendy McClure is a memoir based on the online journal she kept to (sort-of) track her weight loss. This book chronicles how Wendy lost over 25 pounds mostly using the Weight Watchers system. She makes clear that she was adamantly against all the diet type things and advice that everyone always gave her. Through the course of the story, we learn how Wendy came about to deciding to lose weight and putting her website online; how she had a couple of serious relationships that fell apart; how she learned through friends that she wasn’t truly “ready” to lose all of her weight. And much more.

Laid out in short chapters that occasionally go from present to past tense, there are even some funny weight-watcher cards in the middle of the book that make fun of the horrible diet “dishes” that are supposed to be healthy. Continue reading Review: I’m Not The New Me

Review: Emily Ever After

This is a classic “Single Girl Moves to the Big City” chick lit.

Our main heroine Emily Hinton has made the big move from a sleepy Southern California suburb to Manhattan. She is a church-going girl with morals, and she vows not to drink to much or get involved with the wrong man. Thanks to her generous uncle, she has a new job at a large publishing house. Emily knows immediately that things aren’t going to be quite as she’d imagined. First, her roommate (whom she’d met on the internet) was nothing like she’d hoped. Then she meets the totally eligible and handsome Bennett. He seems to be the last man in Manhattan that goes to church and has morals. They immediately hit it off, but it becomes clear that something isn’t quite right. He seems to keep trying to get her into bed, for one thing, although she’s made it clear that she doesn’t do that before marriage.

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Review: A Connecticut Fashionista In King Arthur’s Court

There is a fine line between Chick Lit and Romance, and a lot of authors toe the line delicately. I would definitely say that although A Connecticut Fashionista in King Authur’s Court by Marianne Mancusi is supposed to be Chick Lit, it fits more comfortably (in my opinion) into the Romance category.

Katherine (Kat) Jones is the heroine of this novel. She is a bright, outspoken woman in her late twenties trying to get the latest scoop for her fashion columnist job, which just happened to be about Medieval garb. Traipsing around at the local King Authur Faire isn’t helping her disposition much, and when she agrees to get a palm reading by a gnarled gypsy woman, she scoffs so much that the gypsy threatens to put a curse on her. (A curse to send her into another “time”). Kat waves her off in what I soon learned to be her trademark airy, carefree way. Continue reading Review: A Connecticut Fashionista In King Arthur’s Court

Review: A Little Change Of Face

Meet Scarlett Stein, the heroine of Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s latest novel. She is beautiful and never lacks for meeting men, but she is nearing 40 and still unmarried. Her love of books makes her job as a librarian the perfect career, but there definite downfalls. After catching a nasty case of Chicken pox, Scarlett is confined to her home. At the same time, her jealous friend Pam keeps telling her that she should frumpify herself in order to find the perfect man – so that he will see her personality rather than her looks.

Since Scarlett is still single, she decides maybe Pam has a point. After some pointless arguing, the gorgeous Scarlet Stein becomes the frumpy, unkempt Lettie Shaw. She quits her job at the Danbury Library and goes to a smaller town to start over.

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Review: Sex, Murder And A Double Latte

It took me a while to get into the new mystery chick lit sub-genre, but now that I am in it, I’m hooked – completely, for which I have Red Dress Ink to thank so far! Sex, Murder and a Double Latte by Kyra Davis is the third such release from Red Dress Ink – and I hope there are many more to come.

Our main heroine Sophie Katz is a mystery-writer with quite an imagination. She has just about completed her latest novel when she hears the bad news: famous movie producer Michael Tolsky has committed suicide. Sophie thinks it is odd that his “suicide” was done just as a scene in his movie was done. Also, Tolsky was supposed to be making one of Sophie’s books into a movie. Needless to say, she is a bit upset. Things don’t get much better when other people begin dropping like flies around her – and their deaths begin resembling scenes from one of her bestselling novels. Continue reading Review: Sex, Murder And A Double Latte

Review: Three Bedrooms In Chelsea

Three Bedrooms In Chelsea
by Liz Ireland
reviewed by Rian Montgomery

Can three very different young women live together and not end up driving each other insane? That’s a question you will have answered in this hilarious, absorbing novel. There is: Danielle, a spoiled Texan who has just moved to the big Apple looking for adventure and independence from her overbearing family; Greta, a very tall, loud German woman who has just caught her boyfriend cheating on her with a woman half her size; and Edie, a struggling actress whose boyfriend has just deserted her for Uzbekistan.

This book was very hard for me to put down. I had to keep reading to see what would happen to the three women. Continue reading Review: Three Bedrooms In Chelsea

Site Update… Finally!

Hey everyone! You may notice that I have finally updated the site. The layout is much improved and I’ve begun to add some of my older reviews. I will continue adding the older reviews plus some new ones, but it will definitely be a work in progress for a while.

Thanks for continuing to visit during my hiatus!

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