Review: Beachcombers

by Nancy Thayer
reviewed by Kelly Smith

When the lives of sisters Abbie and Emma Fox implode, they each return to their childhood home on Nantucket Island to lick their wounds and figure out their next move. Younger sister Lily has never left the island, taking care of their father Jim and the house which hasn’t left her much time to figure out where her life is headed. Their mother committed suicide when they were young and changed each sister in very different ways. These differences become glaring when they’re all under the same roof once again as each sister struggles with reconciling what’s happened in their lives with the unknown of the future. Continue reading Review: Beachcombers

Review: The Year Of Living Famously

Ever wonder what it would be like to be married to a famous movie star? Do you think you’d be able to handle the constant attention, media circus and fame that comes along with it? No matter what your answers to those questions are, you will enjoy Laura Caldwell’s November 2004 RDI novel The Year of Living Famously. In this novel she explores the ups and downs of having a famous husband.

Kyra Felis, a native New Yorker, is a semi-famous clothing designer in her own right when she meets Declan McKenna, a handsome Irish actor who has just completed a major movie that is yet to be released. The attraction is immediate and mutual, although Declan is supposedly seeing a famous movie star, Laura Stapleton, at the time. However, the two of them soon find themselves sending flirtatious emails back and forth, culminating in a face to face meeting, and eventually, Kyra moving to Venice, CA to be with him. Continue reading Review: The Year Of Living Famously

Review: Don’t Even Think About It

A love triangle can be a pretty sticky situation to begin with. What happens when you add in a fourth angle? Would it be considered a love square? Perhaps. In any case, this is the scenario that the characters face in Lauren Henderson’s latest novel. In my opinion, there is nothing more enticing then a juicy, intriguing chick lit book filled with offbeat characters and situations.

Katie and Michael have recently become an item and seem to be madly in love. The only problem is, Michael still lives across the street, and is best friends with Sally, one of his ex-girlfriends. Not only that but Sally seems to still have feelings for Michael, and enjoys flaunting her intimate knowledge of Michael’s habits in Katie’s face. Jude is Sally’s best friend and wants nothing more than to see Sally back together with Michael, and Katie out of the picture. Meanwhile Jude is dealing with her own new workaholic boyfriend Scott, who doesn’t seem to get along with her friends. For the time being, at least, Katie and Michael seem to be very much into each other and faithful. Continue reading Review: Don’t Even Think About It

Review: Friday Night Cocktails

Friday Night Cocktails
by Allison Rushby
reviewed by Rian Montgomery

When I had heard what this book was supposed to be about, I was intrigued. I quickly raced down to the bookstore and grabbed a copy. What better premise can you imagine – two women decide one night (after having a few drinks) to put a list of “bastards” on the internet, only to have the list become extremely popular and get out of hand? I knew it would be good. And I was right – it was really good.

Gemma and Sarah have been friends forever. Along with their friendship, a list has survived over the years – a list they fondly call “the bastard list.” This list is made up of a the names of guys that had earned the name in one way or another. One night after a few too many cocktails, they decide to put the list up on the internet. Gemma not only puts up the list, but gets the word out to the virtual world about it. Before they know it, Continue reading Review: Friday Night Cocktails

Review: Look Closely

With three previous regular chick lit novels under her belt, Laura Caldwell’s latest book Look Closely is a suspense/mystery chick lit novel – one that I found hard to put down.

It all begins when New York City Attorney Hailey Sutter receives an anonymous letter one day that simply reads: “There is no statute of limitations on murder. Look closely”. Immediately Hailey knows that the note has something to do with her mother’s death, which happened over twenty years ago but has always been shrouded in mystery and silence. As a matter of fact, she has been estranged from her sister and brother her entire adult life, and her father, who practices for the same law firm as Hailey, always closes up whenever the subject is brought up. Continue reading Review: Look Closely

Review: Shopaholic And Sister

I have to admit that the novels in the Shopaholic series are some of my absolute favorite chick lit books around. So, be aware that this review is based on the UK version of this book, since I couldn’t wait for it to be released in the USA and had bought it the moment it became available in the UK.

So here we are at book four. Becky is now happily married to Luke, is traveling around the world with him on an extended honeymoon, and still has a desire for shopping. However, after about nine months of schlepping around the world, they decide to return to reality. Overnight Luke turns from the hippie-like nomad he’d been on the honeymoon into his old business-like self again. Becky meanwhile can’t wait to get home and surprise everyone and share stories about their world travel. Continue reading Review: Shopaholic And Sister

Review: The Next Big Thing

If you enjoy books that feature bigger than average women, you will absolutely adore this book. Even if you tend to steer clear of such books, you will still love this novel. The main heroine isn’t annoying, cliche or whiny – she is strong, sarcastic and will grow on you throughout the book.

Meet Kat Larson – she is overweight, slugging away in a PR company, and has a British internet boyfriend. Unfortunately he thinks she is a size four because she doctored the picture she sent him in Photoshop. Sound familiar? She isn’t exactly unhappy, but she knows she needs to improve her life in a big way. When her British boyfriend begins making noises like he wants to meet, she knows something has to be done. Continue reading Review: The Next Big Thing

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