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By Invitation Only

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  239 ratings  ·  34 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
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2009)
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Lena Tumasyan
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
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 me ...more
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 marr ...more
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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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 busi ...more
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
Makes me wish I could go to the Hamptons.
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.
Pamela Pickering
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.
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.

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.
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I'm a grateful :) lucky little reader .. I got my paws on an advance copy of this book and I am currently LOVING IT !! very very funny, sharp wit humour and a lovely escape .. right on, write on !!

Sia :)
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.
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.
Stephanie Ham
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.
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.
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. :)
Great summer read. If you hate what the piping plover has donoe to our beaches this is a must read.
Enjoyed this book. East Hamptons, summer time, caterer, and love story. A chick-lit book...
Something about this book just struck me the wrong way. I never warmed up to it. At all.
This was an enjoyable, light summer read. Predictable at times, but enjoyable still!
This was a fun easy read. I enjoyed the characters and their connection! Well done!
A great chick lit read without the language and graphic sex scenes, I really enjoyed it.
Definitely a summer read. Especially if you are at the beach or in the Hamptons :)
what a great sassy read!!!! Nothing earth shattering but just plain fun.
This book is dull and cliche. Save your time for another read.
This was a fast, fun read that I couldn't put down!
Marianne Hetzer
Perfect length and subject matter for one sunny beach day.
Easy beach read... no brainer
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