This book is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary! For a book to be 10 years old and to still be ever so funny and relevant, says a lot about Plum Sykes quality of writing.
the perfect book to read between some serious reads! I loved this book, as it reminded me so much of one of my all time favorite books: Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann. It’s a book about the kind of people that “people like us” are sickened by because of how fake they are, but yet we still watch those reality shows about them and read the tabloids. Told with wonderful 1990’s detail, readers will love the way Plum Sykes brings a modern twist to living in New York. I couldn’t help but think of the NY heiresses, Paris and Nicky Hilton, Aly Hilfiger, the Clarin sisters, etc.
The storyline is funny-trading a handbag for a PH (potential husband), and trading crystal facials for a fiancé to get that “glow”. I love how quickly the storyline moves, the characters are really interesting, which makes for a fun read, and it’s a book that many will love who enjoy the Chick-lit genre and love books told in a comedic way about the tales of the “oh-so glamorous”, who are really just girls with lots of money trying to have it all.
The only issue is the overuse of acronyms. It’s was hard to understand initially, but after awhile, it was easy to figure out. Just stay with it, it is worth the light read!
*This book was provided through TLC Book Tours and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
About Plum Sykes
Plum Sykes was born in London and educated at Oxford. The author of the novels Bergdorf Blondes and The Debutante Divorcée and the Kindle Single memoir Oxford Girl, she is a contributing editor at American Vogue, where she writes about fashion, society, and Hollywood. She has also written for Vanity Fair. She lives in the English countryside with her husband and two daughters.
Plum’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, August 19th: A Bookish Way of Life – Bergdorf Blondes
Thursday, August 21st: booknerd – Bergdorf Blondes
Friday, August 22nd: Drey’s Library – The Debutante Divorcee
Monday, August 25th: Carpe Libros – The Debutante Divorcee
Tuesday, August 26th: Books in the Burbs – Bergdorf Blondes
Wednesday, August 27th: Book by Book – Bergdorf Blondes
Thursday, August 28th: Reading in Black & White – Bergdorf Blondes
Thursday, August 28th: From the TBR Pile – Bergdorf Blondes
Monday, September 1st: A Bookish Way of Life – The Debutante Divorcee
Tuesday, September 2nd: Drey’s Library – Bergdorf Blondes
Wednesday, September 3rd: Reading in Black & White – The Debutante Divorcee
Thursday, September 4th: booknerd – The Debutante Divorcee
Monday, September 8th: Mom in Love With Fiction – Bergdorf Blondes
Tuesday, September 9th: Staircase Wit – Bergdorf Blondes
Wednesday, September 10th: Reads for Pleasure – Bergdorf Blondes
Thursday, September 11th: BookNAround – Bergdorf Blondes
Tuesday, September 16th: Cruising Susan Reviews – Bergdorf Blondes
Wednesday, September 17th: A Book Geek – Bergdorf Blondes
Thursday, September 18th: Books à la Mode – Bergdorf Blondes
Thursday, September 18th: Book by Book – The Debutante Divorcee
TBD: Books in the Burbs – The Debutante Divorcee
TBD: Cruising Susan Reviews – The Debutante Divorcee
Elizabeth Zurlo is lost. She’s a wife, a mother, a teacher, a PTA volunteer—but somewhere along the way, she’s lost herself. Depression and despair can lead to desperate measures and when she is pulled back from the brink of suicide, Elizabeth slowly tries to rebuild her marriage and reclaim her life. Just as she has finally started to put herself back together, a scandalous novel rocks her small town … and costs Elizabeth her social standing, friendships and ultimately, her marriage. However, the man who seemingly destroyed Elizabeth’s life, helps her realize who she is and what she needs to do to become the woman she’s not only capable of being, but the woman she used to be.
I was drawn to this book because anything that has to do with mental illness, I naturally gravitate towards. Being a family therapist, that always piques my interest. However, this isn’t a book that dives too deep into that aspect and doesn’t go into much detail about her suicide attempt. Kathryn Biel’s writing reminded me a lot of the movie, “Desperate Housewives”, all rolled into one book.
There is suspense, intrigue, love lost/regained, self empowerment, and the storylines flows well. While this book could have easily dived into a darker side, Kathryn keeps this book to true “Chick-lit”, which balanced well.
I love the title, the storyline is really good, but I didn’t care much for the book cover. It’s a “pre” Elizabeth, and not who she eventually becomes. Otherwise, a good read!
Kathryn Biel’s Blog Tour:
May 19 – Tabby’s Tantalizing Reviews – Review
May 21 – Chick Lit Goddess – Guest Post
May 22 – Authors to Watch – Review
May 26 – The East Village – Review
May 28 – Every Free Chance Book Reviews – Excerpt
May 30 – Storm Goddess Book Reviews – Guest Post
May 30 – Books in the Burbs – Review
June 2 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt
June 3 – Cupcake’s Book Cupboard – Review, Guest Post Q&A & Excerpt
June 4 – Two Children and a Migraine – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt
June 5 – Every Free Chance Book Reviews – Review
June 6 – Book Reviews and More by Kathy – Guest Post
June 9 – Chick Lit Plus – Review
**Everyone who leaves a comment at CLP Blog Tours will be entered to win a print copy of the book! Please note this is open to US residents only.**
Kathryn Biel hails from Upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients’ needs and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her debut novel, GOOD INTENTIONS, was released in 2013, and her second novel, HOLD HER DOWN was released in 2014. Her musings and rants can also be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather.
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Rose Parker’s husband has been lying. About everything.
When a conversation with her husband triggers questions, Rose Parker uncovers alarming answers that shatter her perfect life. But it is only when she shoves her belongings in her SUV and drives off that Rose realizes just how far from perfect her life actually was. She has nowhere to turn.
While debating between distressing sleeping arrangements–her mother’s house full of questions or a hotel room with too much solitude–Rose bumps into an acquaintance from her gardening class and allows bubbly, exuberant Becky to indulge her in a wild night full of whiskey, weeping, and whispered confidences. Suddenly, Rose has a new friend, a roof over her head, and two gorgeous men moving her out of her marital home.
As Rose struggles to settle into her new life, she remains determined to comprehend her past. And with time and distance and especially wine, comes knowledge. Frank wasn’t the only one lying to her. Rose was lying to herself.
I love the cover and title of this book, Lydia Laceby’s debut novel. This is the kind of book that chick-lit lovers will love immersing themselves in. Rose is ever the optimist, in love with her husband, and is thrown for a huge curve ball, upon finding out about her husband’s unfaithfulness-in every way.
Rose leaves the comfort of her home, has a huge break down, and stays with a friend-who becomes her confidant, biggest supporter, and cheerleader through it all. Rose has to figure out what to do with her life, as she picks up the pieces of her life and comes to the realization that her marriage was a sham. While doing this, she becomes great friends with Becky, reconnects with her mother on a closer level, nurtures the hobby she had pushed aside (gardening), and befriends those in her life that she otherwise may not have met through those connections with Becky and the gardening club.
It’s a light read, that Lydia Laceby is able to share with readers, while covering serious issues of marriage, infidelity, mother/daughter relationships, and new beginnings. It’s a fantastic book that I loved reading and is one of my favorite books this year, in the chick-lit genre!
LYDIA LACEBY is a co-founder of the fiction book blog, Novel Escapes. Since 2009, she has read and reviewed as much women’s fiction as humanly possible while designing, organizing and expanding the blog from two reviewers to seven.
In her spare time, she knits cute baby hats, would pick cheese over chocolate, and longs for the days she was able to cheat on her allergy free diet.
Lydia began her career writing a soap opera at the tender age of thirteen. It never aired. Redesigning Rose is her first novel.
Lydia Laceby Book Tour:
April 28 – Chick Lit Goddess – Q&A & Excerpt
April 30 – Change the Word – Q&A & Excerpt
May 2 – Storm Goddess Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
May 6 – Chick Lit Plus – Novel Spotlight
May 8 – Crooks on Books – Review
May 9 – Karen’s Korner – Review
May 14 – Sweets Books – Excerpt
May 14 – Eat Write Love – Novel Spotlight & Q&A
May 15 – Julie Valerie’s Book Blog – Review & Q&A
May 16 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt
May 19 – Fiction Dreams – Q&A
May 20 – Little Whimsy Books – Novel Spotlight & Excerpt
May 21 – Book Reviews and More by Kathy – Review
May 21 – Books à la Mode – Excerpt & Giveaway
May 22 – Books in the Burbs – Review & Excerpt
May 23 – Sammy the Bookworm – Excerpt
May 26 – The Book Geek Wears Pajamas – Review & Excerpt
Publisher: Perfect Mamas Press (December 8, 2013)
The New Ever After is book two in The New Ever After Series. After becoming a widow with three small children, Heather Meadows is starting a new life. She has a sexy new husband, newborn twins, and a blossoming career as a writer. But with the advent of summer comes an avalanche of worries about doing it all and being enough. In her quirky style that drew readers to Tripped Up Love, Heather works through her new challenges and surprises with the fortitude she found she had when her first husband died. Only this time, her strength is put to the ultimate test as she faces losing not only her best friend but her new happily ever after as well.
This is the second book in a trilogy. I read the first book and loved it, so I had to read the second book! Julie Farley does not disappoint. This book brings back the characters we all fell in love with in the first book: Heather and Peter (the newlyweds), their children (the twins have grown!), and Jenny (Heather’s best friend/assistant).
Heather’s friendship is tested, Heather and Peter’s relationship goes through some bumps in the road (or water), and readers get a chance to see how families can merge together and face the challenges all new couples face, even with children-who are still trying to figure themselves out, too. It’s a natural extension to the first book, and fans of the first book will enjoy this one, too.
I would have liked to read more about Jenny’s personal dilemma and seen Heather and Peter as the secondary characters in this book, but it still balanced well out!! I am looking forward to the last book and can’t wait to read the next adventures Heather and Peter take us on!
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Published: Reprint edition (January 21, 2014)
Genre: Chick-lit, Women’s Fiction
Source: TLC Book Tours & Publisher
Holly didn’t expect to be a widow at thirty-two. She also didn’t expect to be so big. After her husband’s death, food was the one thing she could always count on. Then she meets Logan Montgomery, a personal trainer so hot that he makes her sweat in all the right (and so embarrassingly wrong!) places. Charmed by her witty wisecracks and sharp insights, he impulsively offers to help get her back in shape.
To Logan’s (and her own) surprise, Holly turns out to be a natural in the gym, slimming down into a bona fide looker with killer curves—and a new kind of hunger. Before either of them can stop it, the easy intimacy of their training sessions leads to even more steamy workouts away from the gym.
But can a man whose whole life depends on looks commit himself to a woman who doesn’t fit his ideal? Now that Holly’s turning other men’s heads, does she even need Logan anymore? Are they a couple built to last . . . or destined to fizzle?
If you’ve read chick-lit, then you know the storyline format. Girl meets boy. Boy and girl can’t stand each other. Girl falls in love with boy. Boy is too clueless to know he loves girl, too. Throw in a little outside characters, add some issues, so that finally: boy and girl fall in love. Ahhhh, we all love it! Otherwise, why would we read chicklit books???
Admit it…you love a great, predictable love story….because let’s face it…life is never predictable and we all love reading about the girl, who gets the guy to fall madly in love!
Big Girl Panties-isn’t that a fantastic title??? I love the book cover, love the synopsis, and being a big girl-I’m always rooting for the overweight girl, who falls in love with a sexy hunk, who reciprocates that love back. Holly is a girl, that any girl can appreciate or identify with. She is an intelligent woman, disconnected from her family, has only 1 really great girlfriend, and is grieving the loss of her husband. She meets Logan, a personal trainer to the stars, on an airplane-where she is faced with the uneasiness of not fitting in a seat next to him. After an hour of conversation, they both agree that Logan will train her and help her overcome the challenge of losing weight.
I loved the storyline, the characters were quirky and imperfect, and it all came together really well. The issue of weight loss and dieting can get a bit mundane- BUT- that’s what makes this book purely genius. Why?? Because what girl hasn’t tried (or is still trying) to lose weight and reclaim who she has hidden away in oversized clothes. I couldn’t help but love the story, Holly, and even Logan. I also loved the side love to Logan’s friends: Chase and Amanda!
This is a quick read, a fun read, and a book that will have you rooting for Holly and Logan! This book is filled with great timing on humor ( laughed out loud quite a bit), love the romance, and is full of surprises!! Think Swan Lake;) It’s a mashup of The Biggest Loser and the final rose on The Bachelor! So, what are you waiting for???? Go get your Big Girl Panties and start reading!
*Thanks to the publisher and TLC for giving me the opportunity to join a great book tour!
About Stephanie Evanovich
Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl who attended New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts, performed with several improvisational troupes, and acted in a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she ever had: raising her two sons. Now a full-time writer, she’s an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.
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Stephanie’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, January 21st: Book Journey
Wednesday, January 22nd: Snowdrop Dreams of Books
Thursday, January 23rd: Col Reads
Monday, January 27th: Seaside Book Nook
Tuesday, January 28th: Always With a Book
Wednesday, January 29th: Dear Brighton
Thursday, January 30th: Luxury Reading
Tuesday, February 4th: A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, February 5th: Book Marks the Spot
Wednesday, February 5th: Books in the Burbs
Thursday, February 6th: Savvy Verse & Wit
Monday, February 10th: Mom in Love With Fiction
Friday, February 14th: Books à la Mode
The Hunting by Kerry Peresta
Snarky, suspense-filled, and real, The Hunting is an exquisite entwining of the crippling emotional fallout of divorce with the quest for a healthy, fulfilling relationship. This inspirational story rivets!
There is just one man at the bar, sitting in the darkest, most lonely corner of it, nursing a drink. I gaze around the room, looking for the mystery man I’d arranged to meet. I order a glass of wine as I wait and move toward the empty stools. The bartender works his way over, stops in front of me and smiles.
“What’ll it be tonight, Izzy?”
“A pinot, I think. Do you have Bearboat?”
“Yep.” He plucks a bottle from the shelves behind the bar, deftly uncorks, and pours. “Give it a sec, Izzy.” I nod, wait impatiently for the wine to breathe. Turning the stool around, I scan the bar in case the man appears. After a few minutes, I swirl and sniff, then sip. Heaven in a glass. The man who had been sitting alone at the far end of the bar pushes off his stool and walks toward me. My eyes lock on his face as he emerges from the dark. The scene unfolds eerily, like something from an old Hitchcock movie. I clutch the stem of the wine glass like a security blanket and lift it to my mouth. The disgust I feel spikes as he pulls out a stool and sits beside me. The stench of cheap cologne curls up my nose. He must have freshened it since our meeting at the office. I still feel the sting of his words.
“Understandable that you are upset, Izzy. We need to clear the air, I think.” I turn my head toward him, my lips a firm line.
“I agree,” I spit out. “But this is not the time. I’m meeting someone in a few minutes. So can we talk about this at the office tomorrow?” Twin rows of perfectly straight, white teeth blaze through the dim lighting.
“Nope. We’re gonna talk about it right now. Who you waiting for, by the way?”
“My business. We’ve had this discussion.” His grin does not diminish by a single kilowatt.
“Yeah. We have. However, the discussion is ongoing.” A beat of silence. “Dreamsicle.”
The dread starts at my toes and slithers the entire vertical length of my body. My brain, a hiccup or two behind the dread, snags the realization I’ve been had. An impromptu prayer pops into my head before I can argue with myself that it never works.
I turn to him, my tongue finally loosed, mad as hell. “You? You! What are you thinking? This breaks every privacy law ever legislated, for Pete’s sake! This is . . . this is . . . unspeakable!”
The smile falters, then disappears. His eyes, in the murky light, are unblinking. Reptilian.
“Izzy, you and I have some business to process together.” His lips press close to my ear and he whispers, “For Chrissakes, you treat me like a leper. It’s going to stop. Now.”
My hand reaches instinctively to cover my ear and he backs away. The moistness of the whispered words lingers. I rub my ear and put my hand back in my lap. My hand still clenches the stem of the wine glass. I am afraid I will break it, so I unwrap my fingers, nestle the globe instead, and drink. The glass makes a soft clink when I set it down. I focus my eyes behind the bar. My mind spins furiously. Doesn’t this fall under the realm of predatory? How does one go about proving it?
I tell myself the late night had been worth it. The date had turned out to be a disaster, I’d missed my alarm this morning and my kids had been upset and snarky before they’d left for school, but let’s look at the bright side. I can cross one more guy off the list. Dabbing concealer on the dark half-moons under my eyes in morning rush hour traffic, I strive, but fail, to keep my Honda in the lane. I ignore the angry honks of startled motorists, and correct my course with one knee. I screech into the Sentinel’s parking lot a few minutes late, swipe on tinted lip gloss as a final nod to looking presentable, grab my purse and speed-walk into the building, hoping my hair is not sticking out in all directions.
The ancient elevator in the lobby, a dubious attempt at historic preservation in the heart of downtown Chatbrook Springs, creaks from the third floor to the first when I push the button. The doors take a full four seconds to open. I wonder, as I step in, why I don’t just run up the stairs to save time. Leaping out of the elevator before the doors fully open, I toss my purse on my desk conveniently located exactly two steps away, and thread my way through the maze of cubicles to the corner conference room.
“Hey, Iz!” My assistant yells at me across twenty thousand square feet of industrial carpeting divided into two workspaces by a wide strip of ugly linoleum. I spin around on one foot. He lifts a fresh ad proof he has retrieved from the production department, unfurls, and points to it. I squint at it, and him, nod vigorously, then lift my hand in the classic thumb-and-forefinger circle, which translates as Go ahead and clear it.
The other assistants sprinkled throughout the room smile at the exchange, glancing at each other and the moon-faced clock on the wall. I huff an exasperated sigh. Single parents have a little more to do in the mornings than some people. A recently hired young assistant with a shocking splash of orange in her hair approaches, her hand motioning me closer.
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Heather’s run was going so well she decided to extend it and go down to the river. She got to the corner to cross the street. Leash in one hand, bag of dog poop and cell phone in the other. There was a break in the traffic, and Heather took off. Straight into a pothole and smack down into the middle of the street. A navy blue Lexus slammed on its brakes and pulled over.
Fuck, thought Heather. She ran on this route so no one would see her. It was her few minutes of anonymity. Now she had fallen crossing the road every PTA mom traveled. People would be writing on her Facebook wall in a matter of minutes asking her if she was ok. All of her friends would wonder what else could possibly happen to this poor widow. Heather didn’t want to look up. She knew a perfectly coiffed blonde would be getting out of the car in her workout clothes. She tried to get up quickly and realized she had messed up her ankle. Coco was licking her face when she noticed there was a man grabbing her arm and pulling her up. He put her left arm over his shoulder and somehow half dragged her and half carried her over to the car. He opened the door with his free hand and effortlessly sat her in his passenger seat. Heather was still holding onto Coco, who was looking at this stranger quizzically. He bent down to pet Coco and look at her ankle.
That’s when she got her first look at him. He was wearing a short-sleeved v-neck t-shirt and jeans. Tight well-fitting jeans. And he had tattoos on his arms. Beautiful tattoos. For a minute, she thought he was the guy on The Voice or maybe his older brother. But then she remembered where she was and knew he would never be hanging out in her neck of the woods. He looked up at her with his big blue eyes and asked if she was hurt anywhere else.
“No. It’s just my ankle. I think I twisted it in the stupid pothole.”
Shit, she thought, realizing she was still carrying the bag of actual shit. She held it up, smiled and tossed it into the woods next to the car.
Julie Farley is the author of Tripped Up Love and The New Ever After. She lives in Richmond, VA with her husband, four rarely quiet children and her 50 pound lap dog. Julie spends her days writing and teaching preschool. She chronicles her adventures on her blog atjuliefarley.com and is working on the next book in The New Ever After Series.
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