Book Review: The Art of Hiding, by Amanda Prowse

The Art of Hiding, by Amanda Prowse

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

Published by Lake Union Publishing on July 18, 2017

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, women’s fiction

Format & Length: e-book, 290

Source: Netgalley

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Nina McCarrick has it all: a loving husband, two beautiful boys, a well-appointed home and more time than she knows what to do with. Life is perfect. Until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.

Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.

But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed—her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.

Bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this stirring and empowering tale of one woman’s loss and love.

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Audiobook Review: The Knockoff, by Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza

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The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza

Published by Penguin Random House Audio on May 19, 2015

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, women’s fiction

Format & Length: audiobook, 12:10:39

Source: Library

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An outrageously stylish, wickedly funny novel of fashion in the digital age, The Knockoff is the story of Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy magazine, who finds her twentysomething former assistant Eve Morton plotting to knock Imogen off her pedestal, take over her job, and reduce the magazine, famous for its lavish 768-page September issue, into an app.

When Imogen returns to work at Glossy after six months away, she can barely recognize her own magazine. Eve, fresh out of Harvard Business School, has fired “the gray hairs,” put the managing editor in a supply closet, stopped using the landlines, and hired a bevy of manicured and questionably attired underlings who text and tweet their way through meetings. Imogen, darling of the fashion world, may have Alexander Wang and Diane von Furstenberg on speed dial, but she can’t tell Facebook from Foursquare and once got her iPhone stuck in Japanese for two days. Under Eve’s reign, Glossy is rapidly becoming a digital sweatshop—hackathons rage all night, girls who sleep get fired, and “fun” means mandatory, company-wide coordinated dances to Beyoncé. Wildly out of her depth, Imogen faces a choice—pack up her Smythson notebooks and quit, or channel her inner geek and take on Eve to save both the magazine and her career. A glittering, uproarious, sharply drawn story filled with thinly veiled fashion personalities, The Knockoff is an insider’s look at the ever-changing world of fashion and a fabulous romp for our Internet-addicted age.

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Book Review: In this Moment, by Karma Brown

In this Moment, by Karma Brown

In this Moment by Karma Brown

Published by Park Row Books on May 30, 2017

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, women’s fiction

Format & Length: paperpack, 297

Source: publisher via Goodreads Giveaway

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Bestselling author Karma Brown is back with a morally infused and emotionally riveting exploration of one woman’s grief and guilt over an unexpected yet avoidable tragedy.

Meg Pepper has a fulfilling career as a real estate agent, a hardworking husband on the verge of starting his own medical practice and a surprisingly good-natured teenage daughter. Most days Meg is able to keep it all together—thanks to an endless stream of alerts on her phone—and (more or less) seamlessly glide through life.

After school pickup one day, Meg and her daughter, Audrey, are driving home when they see Jack, the twin brother of Audrey’s boyfriend, up ahead. Seeing a group of boys on the other side of the road, Meg stops her car to wave him across the street just as an SUV comes hurtling down the road and slams into Jack. The driver—a high-school teacher in the process of texting—did not see Jack crossing the road.

Meg can’t help but blame herself for this horrific accident. Guilt-stricken and desperate with grief, Meg throws herself into helping Jack’s family as he rehabs from his injuries. But the more she tries to absolve herself of what she feels responsible for, the more she alienates her own family. The ripple effects that follow tear at the ties that bind her to those she loves the most, causing her to risk losing everything she holds dear to her heart.

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Book Review: A Leg Up, by Wendy J. Reber

A Leg Up, by Wendy J. Reber

A Leg Up by Wendy J. Reber

Published by Fifth Ink Publishing on May 15, 2017

Series: Legs of Life, #2

Genre(s): fiction, chick-lit, contemporary

Format & Length: e-book, 285

Source: author

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Thanks to hospital issued drugs, Eunice Barner has been fast asleep for four or five days. When she wakes up, sixteen pounds of her are missing–her right leg from the knee down. Before the accident, Eunice’s lover of seven years left her for no apparent reason; a six year old, Petra, bobbing in his wake. Years later, her newly beloved spouse dies unexpectedly, her home is broken in to, her daughter is threatened, and then she loses a limb while trying to put back the pieces of your life and working hard on the job. The heroine’s plate runneth over in the novel, “A Leg Up,” as Eunice Barner leads by example and cultivates a higher plan. However, someone is skulking around aiming to foil this plan.

A love story between mother and daughter culminating in the best revenge—success and happiness—rather than succumbing to trials and tribulations that tests them to their cores.

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Book Review: A Long Legged Life, by Wendy J. Reber

A Long Legged Life, by Wendy J. Reber

A Long Legged Life by Wendy J. Reber

Published by 5th Ink Publishing on April 3, 2017

Series: Legs of Life, #1

Genre(s): fiction, chick-lit, contemporary

Format & Length: e-book, 209

Source: author

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When water follows the path of least resistance, it doesn’t mean it is the right path, or perceived as the correct path.

Eva Kenier’s fairytale childhood in the 60’s and 70’s starts out as a sheltered babbling brook that flows into turbulent rapids, whitewater, and falls. Sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll of the 80’s and 90’s lurk around every corner, but do not get the better of her.

Through fortitude and acuity, she surfaces within a mirrored pool of calm and warmth; no more egg shells to walk on; no more fear she will disappoint, her guard is down. As she peers into her reflection, she must own, love, and value what she sees.

The ride she is on, while under anesthesia, covers living in eight states, attending six colleges, sustaining 192 stitches from injuries, and undergoing five surgeries– including the one she is having at the moment.

Will her journey continue?

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Book Review: The Idea of You, by Amanda Prowse

The Idea of You, by Amanda Prowse

The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse

Published by Lake Union Publishing on March 21, 2017

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, chick-lit, contemporary

Format & Length: e-book, 332

Source: Netgalley

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With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter dares to hope that she finally has it all: a wonderful new husband, Jonah, a successful career and the chance of a precious baby of her own. Life couldn’t be more perfect.

But the reality of becoming parents proves much harder than Lucy and Jonah imagined. Jonah’s love and support is unquestioning, but as Lucy struggles with work and her own failing dreams, the strain on their marriage increases. Suddenly it feels like Lucy is close to losing everything…

Heart-wrenching and poignant, this latest work by bestselling author Amanda Prowse asks the question: what does it mean to be a mother in today’s hectic world? And what if it’s asking too much to want it all?

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Book Review: Desperate Measures, by Elle Casey

Desperate Measures, by Elle Casey

Desperate Measures by Elle Casey

Published by Elle Casey on September 14, 2015

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Genre(s): fiction, chick-lit, romance

Format & Length: e-book, 430

Source: purchased

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NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR, ELLE CASEY, brings readers the romantic chick lit novel, DESPERATE MEASURES.

[Formerly titled Desperate Measures Trilogy: Book 1, Full Measure, published under Elle Casey’s alter ego, Kat Lee.]

Drawn together over a love of books, three women strike up an unlikely friendship, and end up forming bonds that move well beyond what any of them ever imagined possible. Desperate Measures serves up laughter, romance, cookies, tea – and a whole lot of love.

Aimee: A housewife left in the dust by her philandering husband, with an outdated high school education but a serious talent when it comes to confections…

Elizabeth: An accountant tired of crunching numbers for hundreds of clients with more money than they know what to do with…

Kiki: An exotic dancer who wants nothing more than to get out of the game…

Content warning: Due to sexy situations and content, this book is definitely not appropriate for younger readers.

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Book Review: My Not So Perfect Life, by Sophie Kinsella

My Not So Perfect Life, by Sophie Kinsella

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Published by Bantam Press on February 7, 2017 (expected)

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Genre(s): fiction, chick-lit, contemporary

Format & Length: e-book arc, 448

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Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.

Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

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Book Review: Christmas Bliss, by Mary Kay Andrews

Christmas Bliss, by Mary Kay Andrews

Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews

Published by St. Martin’s Press on October 15, 2013

Series: Weezie and Bebe Mysteries, #4

Genre(s): fiction, chick-lit, romance

Format & Length: hardcover, 294

Source: library

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Summer Rental comes a novella that celebrates love, the holidays, and antiques. Christmas is coming, but Savannah antique dealer Weezie Foley is doubly distracted both by her upcoming wedding to her longtime love, chef Daniel Stipanek and also by the fact that her best friend and maid-of-honor BeBe Loudermilk is due to give birth any day and is still adamantly refusing to marry her live-in-love Harry. Listeners have come to love these characters in Mary Kay Andrews’ three previous Savannah novels: Savannah Blues, Savannah Breeze, and Blue Christmas. Christmas Bliss offers Andrews’ legions of fans the best of many things: familiar characters, a new novella for Christmas, and a celebration of Mary Kay Andrews’ own favorite pastime — antiquing. Blue Christmas was a fan favorite, and now Christmas Bliss is sure to fly off store shelves and into the hands of Andrews’ fans in bestselling numbers.

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Book Review: Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld

Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Published by Random House on April 19, 2016

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, chick-lit, contemporary, romance

Format & Length: hardcover, 492

Source: library

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This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.

Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won’t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane’s fortieth birthday fast approaches.

Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . .

And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.

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