Tag: chick-lit

I See Life Through Rosé-Colored Glasses


Authors: Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
To Be Published: Tomorrow, July 10, 2018
352 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: June 28-July 1, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:
In I See Life Through Rosé Colored-Glasses, the bestselling mother/daughter pair is back with another hilarious and heartfelt collection of essays about the possibilities and pitfalls of everyday life.

Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella’s delightful essays are sure to strike a chord with every woman. Their nine book series is among the best reviewed humor books published today, and has been compared to the late greats Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron.

Jessica’s Review:
I See Life Through Rosé-Colored Glasses is the ninth collaboration between mother/ daughter team Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella. In these collaborations they share about the hilariousness that is their everyday life. We get both hilarious perspectives of life from the ‘younger generation’ and the ‘older generation’.

Through these essays you get to know both Lisa and Francesca. If you have read all the collaborations you know them and their family very well. They come from a big Italian family and we get to see first-hand what that is like.This is the first collaboration I have read and I would love to read more! I am a big Scottoline fan, so I feel I now know her more as a person. Francesca writes a column every Sunday in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

There are lots of laughs and a little sadness in the essays they share with us. Every mother and daughter will enjoy this collection of essays. You can see Lisa and Francesca have a very special relationship: They are each other’s number one fan. Go ahead and start reading these books now, you won’t regret it! Bring this with you to the beach, it is a perfect beach read!

Thank you St Martin’s Press for granting me an arc copy via NetGalley!

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How to Walk Away

Author: Katherine Center
Published: May 15, 2018
320 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: May 15-25, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment.

In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect.

How to Walk Away is Katherine Center at her very best: an utterly charming, hopeful, and romantic novel that will capture reader’s hearts with every page.

Jessica’s Review:

How to Walk Away is categorized as a romance, but I do not see it that way. Yes there is some romance in the novel, but it is not the sole purpose.  It is a novel about a woman who starts out having the best day ever and ends up losing everything in an unexpected and devastating course of events. She has to overcome many obstacles through the course of the novel and How to Walk Away is her journey.

As it is also considered chick lit, there is some crazy (almost silly) drama from other characters throughout the novel.  You can’t help but like these characters (except maybe Ian when we first meet him). And you can’t help but root for Margaret to become successful through her circumstances.  The epilogue is realistic in that we never know what direction life will take us on, but we can still be successful in that journey no matter what it brings.

How to Walk Away is very highly recommended!

Many thanks to St Martin’s Press and The Girlfriend for my copies I was sent to read and review! This is one of my top reads of the year so far!

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Save the Date


Author: Mary Kay Andrews
Published: June 3, 2014
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: April 13-27, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Can this wedding be saved?

Up-and-coming floral designer Cara Kryzik is about to score the wedding of a lifetime—one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for Savannah society nuptials. The only problem is, life seems to be conspiring against her. Cara’s implacable father, “The Colonel”, doesn’t believe in Cara’s business savvy and is about to call in his twenty-thousand-dollar loan. Then, on the morning that someone steals her dog, Cara’s refrigerator goes on the blink, turning twelve thousand dollars’ worth of gorgeous blooms into road kill. And if that’s not enough, the dog-napper, Jack Finnerty, turns up at her latest wedding and then mysteriously leaves her stranded on the dance floor.

All this turmoil will be solved if Cara can pull off the lavish Trappnell-Strayhorn wedding. The payday will solve all her problems—even the looming problem of a celebrated florist named Cullen Keane who is moving into her turf from Charleston. But the wedding is in six weeks, the bride is acting strangely (even for a bride) and the stepmother of the bride is becoming Cara’s biggest headache. What Cara needs is to focus, but that’s not easy when Jack is turning up at every wedding in Savannah (the man seems to know everybody), with Cara in his sights and seduction on his mind.

When Brooke Trappnell spirals into a shocking crisis and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must come to the rescue and figure out what she really believes in. Is it love? Is it her own strength? In the end, for everyone, “Save the Date” has more meanings than one. Told with Mary Kay Andrews’s trademark wit and keen eye for detail, Save the Date is one you won’t want to miss.

Jessica’s Review:

Almost three years ago, Save the Date was my introduction to Mary Kay Andrews (MKA as her fans know her. This will also how she will be referred to in this review.) I was looking for an audio book to listen to next in the car and saw this one and picked it up. Now I love MKA: She is one of my ‘go to authors’ and I have enjoyed almost all of her books that I have read.

MKA writes chick lit, which makes for the easy ‘beach read’ that can be read quickly and enjoyed just as much. I liked Cara this time and before. The humor with the dogs is hilarious.  There is some seriousness to the novel as well: Will Cara lose her business? Will she pay her dad back?  Will Brooke’s wedding actually happen??? It had been three years since I had listened to Save the Date, so I did not remember a lot of details.  I wanted to listen to it again as MKA’s newest book (which is out tomorrow, May 8th) The High Tide Club features Brooke Trappnell.

I enjoyed Save the Date as much this second time around as I did the first time.  It takes place in Savannah and I live in Georgia, as does MKA herself.  Yay, a local author!  You know I am all about sharing the booklove, especially if the author is local to me: whether they are a   mainstream author or an Indie author!

If you are looking for a quick, easy, and fun read this summer, grab some of Mary Kay Andrews novels, starting with Save the Date.

Save the Date is recommended.

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