Review: To Forgive, Divine


To Forgive, Divine
by Melissa Lea Leedom
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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There is nothing quite like old-fashioned and pure romance, especially when it happens in a book that is well written featuring likeable and charismatic characters. To Forgive, Divine by Melissa Leedom is such a book with these qualities. Chock full of endearing characters and set in rural Texas, To Forgive, Divine is a Christian “Chick Lit” book that should not be missed.

Meet Bonnie, a widowed mother of two who is a dedicated Christian. Continue reading Review: To Forgive, Divine

Review: Monkey Business


Monkey Business
by Sarah Mlynowski
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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It’s a mixture of love, lust, cheating, uncertainty, and fun when four very different people all move into the same business school dorm. Meet the main four unforgettable characters in Monkey Business: Layla, Jamie, Kimmy and Russ. They all have just started school at Connecticut University’s Business school, LWBS. Jamie is the resident “funny nice guy” with an unrequited crush – on Kimmy, the gorgeous party-girl who can’t make up her mind what she wants. Layla is from a rich, upstanding family, and she is a workaholic to boot. Russ has a girlfriend back home in Canada whom he can’t quite seem to stay faithful to. Continue reading Review: Monkey Business

Review: Adored


Adored
by Tilly Bagshawe
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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I confess to enjoying rich, glamorous, dishy novels filled with cold and calculating characters from time to time. I anticipated that Adored would be such a novel, especially from the author’s note on the back cover.

There are many characters in this novel, but one major one seems to be Siena McMahon, a spoiled, beautiful girl. Shipped off to boarding school in England, she plots her escape and tries (unsuccessfully) to get expelled. Continue reading Review: Adored

Review: Can You Keep A Secret?


Can You Keep A Secret?
by Sophie Kinsella
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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Sophie Kinsella is one of my absolute favorite authors of all time. I was excited when “Can You Keep a Secret?” came out. Somehow I knew that it would be as good as the Shopaholic series – and I was right! It was a fantastically funny and touching read.

The main character, Emma Corrigan, is your normal 25-year old and somewhat-insecure woman. She is trying to get a promotion at work, has a fantastic boyfriend, and is very happy with life, or so she thinks. On an extremely turbulent flight back from a business trip from Glasgow, Emma’s secrets unwillingly spill out to a total stranger next to her. Continue reading Review: Can You Keep A Secret?

Review: True Love (And Other Lies)


True Love (and Other Lies)
by Whitney Gaskell
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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Clare Spencer, main heroine of True Love and Other Lies, is a travel writer – but not the glamorous kind. She works for a magazine called “Sassy Seniors”, and gets stuck traveling to places that are suitable mainly for senior citizens. Not only that, but the slightly sarcastic and witty twist she injects into the articles she writes are always being shot down by her editor. The story starts with Clare boarding a plane and getting stuck sitting next to an irate Indian woman who keeps complaining non-stop to her husband seated behind her, but the guy sitting next to the woman’s husband offers to switch seats. Continue reading Review: True Love (And Other Lies)

Review: Joyride


Joyride
by Lindsay Faith Rech
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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Ever wonder what it would be like to have a best friend from childhood who would remain your best friend forever? Or even a group of friends? Lindsay Faith Rech’s latest book explores just that possibility, and more. This is no ordinary chick lit book, I might add. Instead, this book is a wonderful novel filled with characters that you just don’t want to leave at the end, and a story that is more like an experience then just a story.

“Joyride” is told from Stella’s point of view. The story begins in the present tense one night when Stella gets a phone call from her best childhood friend Emily, who now lives in Europe. Continue reading Review: Joyride

Review: Paging Aphrodite


Paging Aphrodite
by Kim Green
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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Four women – a Greek island filled with hunks – what can possibly go wrong? Plenty, if you consider what got them all to the island in the first place! 25-year old Kelah from London is dying to become a published writer. Maybe a beautiful island can help? Anya from San Francisco is convinced she is cursed in love – and after almost dying from an overdose, she has a choice: check into rehab, or go on vacation with her friend’s sister Parker. Parker meanwhile has problems of her own – her husband of only 11 days has deserted her. Continue reading Review: Paging Aphrodite

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