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By Invitation Only

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  280 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Nobody knows the Hamptons like Jodi Della Femina, who captures the inside world of love, society, and scandal in this delicious summer page-turner.

Toni Fratelli has a busy summer ahead.

After several setbacks in Manhattan force her to move home to East Hampton, her To Do list is full. She has to help her father run his popular Italian restaurant. Start up her own catering c
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2009)
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Feb 11, 2016 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, food, kindle
Absolutely loved everything about this!
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Nov 13, 2016 Ayesha Shoulders rated it it was ok
Couldn't finish it.
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Aug 12, 2011 Lena Tumasyan rated it did not like it
I honestly didn't think this book was anything great. It was recommended by my library's book club, that it was funny. Well it wasn't.

First, the characters were underdeveloped. The only one character that had any history or motivation was Toni. All we really know about Didi (the mother-in-law) is that she's really scared of getting old. The author stressed again and again about how Didi is scared of the sun or doing anything to make her old. Example p213 Did thinks of herself as "old cheddar." T
Dec 21, 2012 Jodi rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-read
Toni Fratelli finds herself with a failed business, living back in the Hamptons with her father, trying to restart her life as a caterer while trying to ignore real life. Toni hates imperfection. Not in others. Or at least not in her best friend Layla who is marrying one of the season's most eligible bachelors, nor in her dog, nor in her parents who had a pretty acrimonious divorce when she was a young teen. But when it comes to boyfriends, she keeps expecting the other shoe to shop. When she ...more
Jun 03, 2010 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I am so used to watching Ina Garten on "Barefoot Contessa" on Foodnetwork, that I guess that I thought everyone in East Hampton was just as nice as her and her friend appear to be. Then I watched "Royal Pains" this summer on USA. Whoo boy was I wrong! This book is a combination of both worlds. Toni goes back home to the Hamptons, to her dad's restaurant where she opens a catering division. She is back because of a faile relationship, and her own failed restaurant. Her best friend is getting ...more
Oct 12, 2011 Peggy rated it liked it
This is the story of a middle class girl who is engaged to a rich guy. His parents, especially his mother, will not let Layla have the simple beach wedding she wants. Layla ends up helping plan an event that will not stop, tents, garden wedding, fancy gown, a caterer her future mother in law wants, instead of her friend, Toni, as caterer. The event spirals out of contraol until Layla and Toni both feel out of control. Only a catastropic event can keep the wedding from happening.

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Apr 06, 2012 Erin rated it did not like it
This book has a beautiful cover and in the beginning when Toni thinks about her love for the beach & how much of a part of her it is, well, I can really relate to that, being from a beach area myself. However, the only word that I have for this book is tedious. the characters are stereotypes, it's basically the same chick lit formula that's been done to death with a too neat ending. I am tired of reading about the boring, average girl with the super hot best friend...who has no luck with men ...more
Oct 10, 2010 Lizpeveto rated it liked it
It was ok and would read the author again. Toni Fratelli has moved back home from the big city to try catering again in her father's restaurant. One of her problems returning home is she is from the famous posh and wealthy Hamptons; but she was from the "poor" side of town. Her best friend is marrying a man from the "rich" side of town and asks Toni to help. The mother of the groom has another plan for a huge society affair and plans to use the local caterer. Toni tries to reconcile her new ...more
Apr 17, 2015 T rated it really liked it
You know what I absolutely loved about this book? What I found riveting and completely enjoyable? The total lack of self-flaggellation and body mourning on the part of the main character. She did not bemoan her hips. She did not negate her waist. Her focus was external and while I donʻt know if that was the authorʻs intent, it created a beautiful, engaging, entertaining story that celebrated relationships instead of focusing on the main characters looks.
Nov 30, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed, 2010
Funny how much someone's life can change. Toni's boyfriend broke up with her, her business went under, and she has to move back in with her dad in the Hamptons. Then her best friend gets engaged to a guy who's family is extremely rich. And she meets a surfer dude who isn't quite who he seems..

I really enjoyed this book, and all the differing view points it illustrated.
Mar 07, 2011 Sue rated it liked it
I liked this book but I didn't love it. I guess since the author is the daughter of the famous Hampton's restaurant owner that she does have a lot of background knowledge about life in the Hamptons. It took a bit of time to get into the story but then it was a quick read.

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Jul 18, 2011 Pamela Pickering rated it liked it
2.75 stars. An excellent choice for what I needed: brain candy and escape. Too many non-fiction reads lately has me wanting to read some serious fluff. This one fit the bill good enough. Only a 2.75 stars rating as the focus was on too many characters and none of them were fully developed.
Oct 05, 2009 R. rated it did not like it
Frothy and forgettable. The writing wasn't awful, but the characters were certainly of the "Who was that again?" variety. If you're looking for a beach read - there are much, much better ones out there.
Sep 24, 2012 Megan rated it liked it
Very fitting for the chick lit drama... woman trying to make it in the world, and trying to find a good man. Enjoyable book and likable characters.
Jul 01, 2012 Nikki rated it really liked it
I read this in the Keys and loved every second. It was quick and fun.. if not a little predictable.. but I didn't mind. :)
Apr 12, 2015 Vickie rated it really liked it
Easy spring/summer read. What I call a "cotton candy read", light and fun and not really memorable. I definitely want to visit the Hamptons after reading this book.
Feb 21, 2010 Margaret rated it liked it
Light, pleasant romance about an aspiring caterer and her BFF. Not great lit but entertaining...set in The Hamptons (NY) and you'll learn a bit about this area of Long Island as you read.
Nov 28, 2009 Paige rated it liked it
It was an entertaining book. Not a typical "guy" book, but I thought that Femina did a wonderful job developing the characters. Also, there was a nice pace that kept me engaged.
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Jul 08, 2010 Stephanie Ham rated it liked it
Finished it in 24 hours...easy summer read. It has romance, friendship and of course drama and secrets. The author does a great job of giving very specific details.
Aug 25, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Great summer read. If you hate what the piping plover has donoe to our beaches this is a must read.
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