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Great-Aunt Sophia's Lessons for Bombshells by Lisa Cach
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Jun 18, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: romance, first-reads
Read from June 16 to 17, 2012

Great-Aunt Sophia's Lessons for Bombshells takes the reader along for a summer in sunny Pebble Beach, California. Grace, a young woman navigating the swamps of graduate school, is looking forward to spending a summer with her elderly great-aunt who she's met once. What she finds in Pebble Beach is not the quaint beach house and kindly great-aunt she expected, but a seaside estate overseen by the grand dame that is Great-Aunt Sophia. Grace quickly finds herself in the middle of a possible love triangle and challenged to reexamine her assumptions on how beauty impacts the lives of women.

Grace is not a particularly memorable or relatable as a protagonist. She isn't bad, but the reader can come out feeling as if there is just not quite enough there to hold on to. I came away with the impression that this is a woman that things happen to, not a woman who takes action.

Some of the most enjoyable parts of the novel are the romance scenes. A few of these scenes are a little more steamy than I would have expected from the description, but it isn't enough to deserve the label of "erotica."

This novel seems like it might be a fun beach read, but there are much more solid novels out there. Unless you want to read in agonizing detail about how to drive a stick shift, you might want to pass on this novel.

You can read a (slightly) longer review at my blog.
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