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Brenda Janowitz

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Brenda is the author of six novels, including THE GRACE KELLY DRESS, which was published by Harper Collins/ Graydon House in March 2020. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Sunday Times (UK), Salon, Redbook, USA Today, Bustle, The Forward, the New York Post, Publisher’s Weekly, Hello Giggles, Writer’s Digest Magazine,, and xojane. She is the former Books Correspondent for PopSugar.

Brenda attended Cornell University and Hofstra Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review. Upon graduation from Hofstra, worked for the law firm Kaye Scholer, LLP, and did a federal clerkship with the Honorable Marilyn Dolan Go, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

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Description: Planning a wedding can be a trying experience… A little prewedding anxiety is normal for every bride, and Manhattan attorney Brooke Miller isn’t worried. She’s got the loving support of the world’s greatest guy, so planning her nuptials should be a piece of cake. But that was yesterday. Today, Brooke’s landed her first big case and has just discovered that the opposing attorney is none other than her fiancé, Jack. But that’s okay. These two professionals aren’t going to let a little courtroom sparring get their legal briefs in a bunch.… Right? Wrong! Now Jack’s pulling every dirty trick in the law books, and Brooke’s starting to suspect that maybe he isn’t the man she thought he was. Warring with her fiancé at work and at home, Brooke realizes that she’ll have to choose between the case of her life, or actually having a life.
SCOT ON THE ROCKS (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: ABOUT SCOT ON THE ROCKS: When her ex-boyfriend, Trip, gets engaged to Hollywood's latest It Girl, Manhattan attorney Brooke Miller plans to attend the wedding. Who says a modern girl can't stay friends with her ex? Besides, Brooke's got her sexy Scottish fiance, Douglas, to take her as a date. Okay, so maybe he's not exactly her fiance, but they're living together in his apartment, so she'll be getting the ring any minute, right? Wrong. When a fight leaves her without a boyfriend (much less a fiance) just days before the wedding, Brooke faces the ultimate humiliation of attending her ex-boyfriend's nuptials alone. Desperate to find a replacement to fill Douglas's kilt, Brooke concocts an outrageous plan to survive the wedding and win the man of her dreams, all with her dignity ever-so-slightly intact. (Red Dress Ink, April 2007)
BASED ON A TRUE STORY (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A free online story offered by Gorgeous fiancé? Check. Totally in love? Check. Hair more-or-less frizz-free? Check. Ready to meet the ex-boyfriend and his new movie-star wife for dinner? With this hair? God, no. Don't get me wrong, it's not like I need to prove something to Trip. Or to his twig—I mean, wife. It's just that I have my dignity to protect. And the things I've done for my dignity…which may or may not include bringing a fake fiancé with a fake Scottish accent and a kilt to Trip's wedding. But Trip doesn't know any of that. Will never know that. I pulled off the charade and now my life is perfect. What? He's making a movie? About a girl who goes to her ex-boyfriend's wedding? Starring his beautiful celebrity wife? And they need my help to make it accurate? Why would that be a problem? I've nothing to hide…. I'm totally screwed.
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“The dress only means something if you want it to. What is important are the people behind it. When it comes to these things that are handed down from generation to generation, each woman leaves her own mark on it, so that it tells ours story, stitch by stitch.”
Brenda Janowitz, The Grace Kelly Dress

“We need to remember the past so that we can more clearly see where we are going.”
Brenda Janowitz, The Grace Kelly Dress

“PICK YOUR FABRIC “The importance of this step cannot be understated. If you pick the wrong fabric, your dress is doomed from the start. Pick a fabric that has the right weight, that will flatter the design. And the figure of the bride who will wear it. Once you pick your fabric, the die is cast. There is no going back.”
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Bradley I hope you are having a good day! =)

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Andrea Kulman Hi & thank you for being a friend on Good Reads.

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Thanks Brenda for the add! What an impressive bio! I wish you a bountiful Thanksgiving!

Kondalrao thanks for adding me as your friend

Ashley (bookworm84) Hi Brenda

Thanks for accepting my friend request. I just bought "Jack with a Twist" and I cannot wait to read it!!

Maggie Brenda
Thank you for accepting my friend request! Wow, so you were an attorney too?! I haven't read your two books, but I've ordered them and will read them. Congratulations on your success!
Maggie Marr

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message 3: by Daniel (last edited Feb 29, 2008 02:27PM)

Hi Brenda, I've added Scot On The Rocks and your other book Jack With A Twist to my to-read list.

message 2: by Rebecca (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:13PM)

Rebecca Thanks for adding me, and giving me another addiction to get caught up in!

message 1: by Jessica (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:10PM)

Jessica Thank you for adding me! I have actually been meaning to read your book...a friend recommended it. She said it was great! :)

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