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The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane

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This year's lucky winner of a brand-new dream home: Janine Brown of Cedar Falls, Iowa.
For heartbroken Janine "Janey" Brown, this announcement has the hallmarks of one of her Aunt Midge's harebrained plans to lure her from her tiny kitchen, where she's been submerging her grief in the pursuit of the perfect pot-au-feu. Meanwhile, across town, Janine "Nean" Brown couldn't be
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published May 21st 2013)
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Lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of this book. I read this on a problematic flight after a long week and it was exactly what I needed. This isn’t super highbrow, but that’s not the point. It’s sweet and funny and the foodie/cooking tie-in is well-played. I also found the romance angle for both protagonists unique and well done. Pure enjoyment from start to finish – read in one sitting.
Mar 03, 2014 Elaine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One star, why one star? Because, if you have ever read chick lit with generational characters, you have read this book before. There is a young girl/woman with an abusive boyfriend, a 30 something who really hasn't formed an attachment to a man in years, and an 80 something grandma, who you will love. And just like every other book like this, exactly what you think will happen happens. No, aliens don't land, natural disasters don't occur, and the only exception is a lottery/contest, but that is ...more
Unknown Unknown
The perfect book to read at the beach!
(Well I don’t like reading at the beach, but it’s a metaphorical beach I’m talking about)

I love the characters, they’re well designed and interact beautifully. Harms has a terrific view of human interaction.
The chapters are a good length, Not too long and not too short. It’s important to add breaks into a book, so the reader won’t get tired, and gives the reader a chance to enjoy their own life.
This is a magnificent book from a wonderful first time author. I
May 03, 2013 Gwen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the perfect beach book! Have you ever succumbed to cooking shows on t.v. and bought exotic ingredients for an impossible recipe? Have you ever fantasized over living in a dream house and entered a sweepstakes to do so? If so, this is the book for you!

The premise is delightful: Janine Brown of Cedar Falls, Iowa, wins the Dream House Sweepstakes and relocates to Maine for a new start in life. Problem? There are two Janine Browns: shy-beyond-words “Janey” and in-your-face “Nean,” both layin
May 12, 2013 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aunt Midge said keep it interesting...and that is just what Kelly Harms did in this delightful story of the two Janine Browns who both entered a contest for a house and won it. But which Janine Brown was the true winner? As readers, we are all winners upon diving into this book. The characters are charming, realistically human (some lies to benefit one's self, a few drinks too many, sometimes making a fool of one's self), You can't help loving them all and hoping it all works out for them in the ...more
Teresa Reid
May 26, 2014 Teresa Reid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I call these light, easy books "palate cleansers". I read them after a tough book or series of books and when my brain just needs a break. This book is perfect for that. The characters are built up well, the storyline just engaging enough, predictable but not badly so. I recommend it if you want a holiday from thinking for awhile.
Lee Ann
What a fun read. At first I thought I was not going to like the characters in this book, turns out I was wrong. It was fun and I loved seeing them develop and grow through the story. It was a delight and I will look forward to Kelly harms second novel. Fun and fast read
Oct 05, 2013 Mason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who hasn’t fantasized about winning a dream home fully furnished? For Janie Brown of Cedar Falls, Iowa, winning the HomeSweetHome Network’s dream house in Maine is a life changer and eye opener.

Narrators Suehyla El-Attar and Reay Kaplan do an excellent job bringing the delightful characters to life. Their cadence pulls you in and holds you spellbound as the story unfolds. Their vocalizations enhance the author’s writing.

Janine “Nean” Brown knows winning the house is her destiny. It’s her chance
Aug 07, 2013 Larry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Janine Brown lives in Iowa, and has entered a contest to win a house on the Maine coast.
Janine Brown (no relation) lives in Iowa, and has entered an contest to win a house on the Maine coast.

The contest winner is...Janine Brown of Iowa! Thus starts what at first glance will be a mistaken identity comedy. The two Janine's are opposites in many ways, and are unlikely to ever get along. And which one is the real winner of the house? Author Kelly Harms has made this anything but a mistaken identity
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The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms

A contest is being held where the winner would be given a dream home. The winner's name is Janine Brown. The only problem? There were two Janine Browns who entered the drawing. Janey, was entered into the contest by her Aunt Midge, is a shy woman who loves to cook. Nean is a down-on-her-luck sort of con artist who sees a way out if she wins this home. Both arrive to the dream house. Janey is the true winner and she and her
Oct 06, 2014 Pat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read about two women with the same name living in the same town who hear their name drawn on TV to win a mansion on a cliff in Maine, 100 miles from where they live in Iowa. They both drop everything and make their way there to claim it and in the process challenge themselves, overcome difficulties and find family, friendship and love.
Aug 27, 2013 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not being much of a cook myself, I love reading books where the characters meet, learn, and love through food and cookery.

When Janine Brown of Cedar Falls, IA wins a dream house sweepstakes, the sponsors mess up and the prize is claimed by two Janine Browns: Janey Brown, a withdrawn, sorrowful woman with a talent for cooking and a pushy great aunt; and Neen Brown, a feisty survivor who has lived life on the edge of trouble.

Aunt Midge, the outrageous aunt, pushes and pulls the two women into fa
Jan 02, 2015 BJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book of 2015 and I really liked it a lot! I have never read this author before, but I will definitely watch for other books written by Kelly Harms. It is the story of the two Janine Browns who win a house in an HGTV-type giveaway ( well, at least one of them does). It tells how these two misfits and Aunt Midge move across the country, try to make new lives for themselves, and in the process learn that family is not always blood-related. In the process of learning a few life lessons, they a ...more
May 28, 2014 Mom2nine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This one just gets an okay, for easy to read and light hearted. Janey is painfully shy, her great aunt who is coarse, but love-able enters her in a contest to win a house. Another woman with the same name decides to also win the house. She has a history of poor decisions, from shoplifting to abusive boyfriends. They become best of friends and look out for each other, a bit hokey. Don't take this one too seriously, in the years that I lived in Maine, I never met a local who paid for restaurant l ...more
Dec 29, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Silly chick lit about winning a dream home on the coast of Maine - but it was a fast read and had some interesting quotes about cooking. I really enjoyed it.
Nov 16, 2014 Jeannie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warm, engaging, and funny. Hated to turn the last page and tell the characters goodbye,
This debut novel is a fun read, peppered with unexpected observations by eighty-eight year old Aunt Midge, clever yet believable dialogue between the two sparring Janine Browns, and quirky behaviors that smooth out over time. The premise of the novel, two women with the same name living in Cedar falls, Iowa, believe they have won a contest for a dream house off the coast of Maine. Their backgrounds couldn’t be more different and their personalities, less compatible. Other local characters enter ...more
Jun 27, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it- it was a great light-hearted summer read. The characters were charming and while based on the synopsis I thought it may end up a little far fetched it actually was a believable and cute story. I enjoyed the foodie aspect of it as well. I am looking forward to future books by this author.
Jan 27, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An adorable story that grabbed my interest right away...I finished it in 2 days-even staying up late on a school night to do it!

"The HomeSweetHome Network has just announced this year's lucky winner of a brand-new, fully loaded dream home: Janine Brown of Cedar Falls, Iowa. For Janine "Janey" Brown, hearing her name called on the TV has the hallmarks of one of her aunt Midge's harebrained plans designed to bring Janey into a world outside the one she once shared with her fiancé. Janey, however,
Jul 14, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great debut novel! I can't wait to read more books by Kelly Harms. Her characters are wonderful, her story was both funny and touching, and her premise of two women with the same name winning a home was unique. Harms is a terrific writer and I'm sure this will be the first of many bestsellers. I highly recommend this book!
Jun 29, 2014 Jencey/ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
In her debut Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane Kelly Harms introduces us to two Jeanine Browns. Also there is plenty of food! More on that shortly!
Jeanine Brown (Janey) did not want to enter this contest for a dream house. She is a seamstress who loves to cook. The house is located in Christmas Cove Maine. This would mean leaving her comfort zone in Cedar Rapids Iowa. Janey's aunt Midge is eighty-eight years old and her only living relative. She has dreamed of this house and will not t
Jul 27, 2013 Alissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone has a secret in this book and as those secrets unfold and are brought to light relationships are tested.
I like each of the characters and how the story unfolded. It would be a great beach read. A hint of romance, some good food cooked, friendship and coming of age. Really liked it.
Jul 22, 2014 Summer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Although this book only features one older woman, for me, it was the reading equivalent of watching The Golden Girls overeating cheesecake and swapping stories - a warm, witty pleasure.

Janey wins a dream house in Maine. She’s there for the luxurious kitchen. Her elderly Aunt Midge is there for naked swimming in the pool. Nean’s there because she thought she won the house and has nowhere else to go, plus, she’s a bit of a con artist.

Aunt Midge is occasionally described as a dirty bird, and she is
Patricia Atkinson
I really enjoyed this was interesting and funny.i just loved aunt is a book for teens and adults to read.she did a great job writing it and I look forward to her writing another book in the future.thanks to goodreads for selecting me to review this book.
May 01, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: interesting
You are really going to like this one! Sweet and sad and funny and always entertaining and very hard to put down. I am looking forward to more from this author. The idea behind the story is just so original, and holds so many possibilities.
Sue Marie
Aug 10, 2014 Sue Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Janine Brown of Cedar Falls, Iowa is the lucky winner of a dream home in Maine. The only problem is there are two Janine Browns, and both claim the prize. Janey's Aunt Midge is actually the one who entered the contest in her name, and she's all set to move to Maine to share the house with her grandniece. Nean is planning to use the house as a springboard to escape her life being a down-and-out battered woman. Their lives intersect and become interwoven as they share the house that brought them t ...more
Ady Grafovna
Jun 06, 2015 Ady Grafovna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
I hate rating these books. I have given 4 and 5 star ratings to some great classics and then when I read a really good chick lit book, I am not sure how to rate it! This is a really good chick lit book. Books like this, along with movies on Lifetime, are something I really enjoy. There was a bit of steamy sex, a sad moment that turned bittersweet, an unlikely and very deep female friendship, women overcoming their personal obstacles, romance, and a dirty old lady. What's not to love about that? ...more
Nicole Racine
This book had a promising start. I was ready to forgive the fact that it was formulaic since it had some good moments, but it felt like the author lost interest toward the end. Rushed and unimaginative.
Marge Heger
Jan 24, 2016 Marge Heger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I suppose if you read a lot of chick lit, you might detect a formula. Since I usually don't, I thoroughly enjoyed the humor, the fantasy, and the quirky characters. What took it over the top for me was all the foodie stuff. Now I want to bake bread and make pasta. I want to read M.F.K. Fisher whom I googled after reading this book and found out that her writing is praised by the likes of John Updike and W. H. Auden. Harms begins each chapter with an apt quote from some luminary of the food world ...more
Beth Pieprzica
Sep 08, 2013 Beth Pieprzica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I laughed, I cried and at the end of the book I want Janey and Jean as friends. A wonderful tale of how people can be thrown together but form a bond.
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Kelly Harms is the author of The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane, coming from Thomas Dunne in the summer of 2013. She has also worked with New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, Edgar, RITA, and Agatha award winners, and Indie Next List Picks in her time as an editor at a division of HarperCollins and later as an agent at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with ...more
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