I am not quite sure why this book has such a low overall rating, 2.86 stars. My guess is the Austenophiles get their hopes up for another Jane book anI am not quite sure why this book has such a low overall rating, 2.86 stars. My guess is the Austenophiles get their hopes up for another Jane book and since no book will ever live up to their expectations they rate these books very low. All I can say to these people is, “Why do you bother? Just stop reading follow-ups, and modernized versions because they will NEVER live up to your standards.” I had gotten this book at the library for 25 cents, and it sat on my bookshelf for years because I kept seeing the low rating and thinking, “I’m not in the mood to read a bad book.” This summer I decided I needed a beach book and figured I would give it a shot.
I was pleasantly surprised to find myself reading a clever, witty and very much in the Spirit of Austen novel. Schine, like Austen takes aim at, and pokes fun at the current social manners of her day. You will recognize most of the characters in this modernized version of Sense and Sensibility with a couple of new ones thrown in, and there is a bit of a twist at the end. I found this a perfect literary beach read; light, but well written and lots of things that will make you smile and chuckle. What’s not to love about that? ...more
This was a delightful lite mystery, made especially fun by listening to the audio version. The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, did all of the accents beThis was a delightful lite mystery, made especially fun by listening to the audio version. The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, did all of the accents beautifully, and all of the voices uniquely.
The story is of a minor Royal, Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, (Georgie to her friends) who has had her allowance cut off and must find a means of employment to support herself. Off to London she goes where a cosmetics counter girl position at Harrods is short-lived, and then her own domestic cleaning service runs into snags as she must continually disguise herself so her own social set won’t recognize her if they happen to run into her while she is sweeping up their homes. Along the way a body turns up in her bathtub, and the next thing you know Georgie must figure out the real killer in order to clear her brother, Binky’s , name.
This book reminded me so much of the Jeeves and Wooster books-lots of poking fun at the British Aristocracy, and the scrapes that Georgie gets herself into are very Bertie Wooster! Seems like Bowen is giving P.G. Wodehouse, nods all ‘round.
Looking forward to listening to rest of the series on audio. ...more
This is the second Mary Andrews book I have read, Hissy Fit being the first, and although I liked it for what it was-Chick Lit, I felt like I was basiThis is the second Mary Andrews book I have read, Hissy Fit being the first, and although I liked it for what it was-Chick Lit, I felt like I was basically reading Hissy Fit again. The main character, Weezie, in this book and the main character, Keely in Hissy Fit were almost the same personality; strong women, but unsure in love. In both books the heroines have the same profession (antiques), and are both in conflict with their new love interest while still having ties to their ex-husband/ex-fiancé. Each book contains a mystery (although my library does not categorize these in the mystery section), has the required gay male character, and a loving father. And each gains her independence from said “ex” and lets herself be free to fall in love again.
I listened to this on audio while I was at the beach, and it was a perfect beach read (especially on audio). Susan Erickson, the narrator does a great job and her accent is subtle and not too fake Southern like the narrator of the Sookie Stackhouse books.
Andrews has written two more books in this series that Weezie is in, but one of them features Weezie’s best friend, Bebe, who is a totally different character than Weezie or Keely-so I might give that a try the next time I need a smarter than average Chick Lit book to read. ...more
Despite the silly title and pastel cover, I think this book is smarter and better written than the average chick lit book (I don’t read a lot of chickDespite the silly title and pastel cover, I think this book is smarter and better written than the average chick lit book (I don’t read a lot of chick lit, so I could be wrong about this).
Keeley Murdoch is a smart, headstrong , interior designer who catches her fiancé and her best friend having sex at her wedding rehearsal dinner, and then proceeds to throw a hissy fit, hence the title. The rest of the book she goes about putting her life back together throwing herself into her work designing and furnishing an old mansion for her new client, the equally headstrong Will Mahoney.
There is the standard gay friend, lots of description about beautiful furniture, and a little mystery too when Keeley decides to find out what ever happened to her mother after she ran off with another man when Keeley was 7.
Keeley questions her ideas about love, marriage, and fidelity, giving the story some thoughtful reflection.
This is definitely not a bodice-ripper, and very little sex is in it per se. If you’re looking for that book, this isn’t it. But if you are looking for a light, well-written, fun read for the pool, beach or vacation this should do the trick. ...more
Ok, I admit it I listen to trashy novels on occassion. They are an entertaining no-brainer while I work on complicated needlework. Is the writing greaOk, I admit it I listen to trashy novels on occassion. They are an entertaining no-brainer while I work on complicated needlework. Is the writing great-no, is there lots of soft porn-yes (too much actually), is this chick-lit-yes. But I liked Sookie and I liked the reader, Johanna Parker, albeit her Southern accent was over the top. I don't think I would actually read this book, but it's fine for a diversion to listen to while doing something else. Will I listen to more, probably, but not for a while. ...more
I really enjoyed the first book; thought it was an original and fun read. I was excited about the second book finally being available on audible.com aI really enjoyed the first book; thought it was an original and fun read. I was excited about the second book finally being available on audible.com and got it right away. Unfortunately this wasn’t quite as fun as the first book and it seemed to drag a bit (my mind kept wondering to other things while I was listening to it). I found the general plot just plain silly (and not in a good way), the characters not are not as well developed, with the exception of Madame Lefoux (hope she sticks around for future books). As for the “Cliff Hanger”-I can’t see what all of the fuss is about. First of all I had most of it figured out when Alexia was on the derrigible-so no big surprise there, and Conall’s reaction not that big of a surprise. I do like the reader of the audio versions, EmilyGray, who does a great job with all of the different voices and the narrative. Because I had already bought the audio version of Blameless (it was released on audible before Changeless) I will listen to it-but I am in no rush to get to it. Hope it is better than this second installment. ...more
Soulless is a delightful book filled with just the right amounts of steampunk, romance, the paranormal, comedy of Victorian manners, and chick-lit. EmSoulless is a delightful book filled with just the right amounts of steampunk, romance, the paranormal, comedy of Victorian manners, and chick-lit. Emily Gray does a great job in narrating the audio book with all the inflections in the right places, and spot on accents. The writing is actually pretty good for such a lite read, and it is the perfect book when one is looking for a bit of fun. Looking forward to listening to the next book on audio (whenever it gets around to coming out on audible.com)....more