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The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,995 ratings  ·  392 reviews
This year's lucky winner of a brand-new dream home: Janine Brown of Cedar Falls, Iowa.

For heartbroken Janine "Janey" Brown, this announcement has the hallmarks of one of her Aunt Midge's harebrained plans to lure her from her tiny kitchen, where she's been submerging her grief in the pursuit of the perfect pot-au-feu. Meanwhile, across town, Janine "Nean" Brown couldn't be
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published May 21st 2013)
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3.5 Stars. Very, very light...floating off to join the pages of those other undemanding, evanescent sweet escapes in books whose titles have mostly blurred together in a cloud of relaxation. That almost says it all about this novel, except that there is a dream house, lots of dream food, wretched women who transform into beauties, body beautiful boyfriends, good neighbours and lots of kindness.

Excuse me, I'm so relaxed now I think I'll go take a nap.
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of this book. I read this on a problematic flight after a long week and it was exactly what I needed. This isn’t super highbrow, but that’s not the point. It’s sweet and funny and the foodie/cooking tie-in is well-played. I also found the romance angle for both protagonists unique and well done. Pure enjoyment from start to finish – read in one sitting.
Mar 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
One star, why one star? Because, if you have ever read chick lit with generational characters, you have read this book before. There is a young girl/woman with an abusive boyfriend, a 30 something who really hasn't formed an attachment to a man in years, and an 80 something grandma, who you will love. And just like every other book like this, exactly what you think will happen happens. No, aliens don't land, natural disasters don't occur, and the only exception is a lottery/contest, but that is ...more
Unknown Unknown
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The perfect book to read at the beach!
(Well I don’t like reading at the beach, but it’s a metaphorical beach I’m talking about)

I love the characters, they’re well designed and interact beautifully. Harms has a terrific view of human interaction.
The chapters are a good length, Not too long and not too short. It’s important to add breaks into a book, so the reader won’t get tired, and gives the reader a chance to enjoy their own life.
This is a magnificent book from a wonderful first time author. I
Teresa Reid
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I call these light, easy books "palate cleansers". I read them after a tough book or series of books and when my brain just needs a break. This book is perfect for that. The characters are built up well, the storyline just engaging enough, predictable but not badly so. I recommend it if you want a holiday from thinking for awhile.
Jennifer C
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-read
Amazing. Funny. Heartwarming. The audio of this book was amazing. The narrators gave such life to fun, witty prose. This is a lighthearted, fast, easy read and an amazing audiobook. I highly recommend this to everyone I know.
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the perfect beach book! Have you ever succumbed to cooking shows on t.v. and bought exotic ingredients for an impossible recipe? Have you ever fantasized over living in a dream house and entered a sweepstakes to do so? If so, this is the book for you!

The premise is delightful: Janine Brown of Cedar Falls, Iowa, wins the Dream House Sweepstakes and relocates to Maine for a new start in life. Problem? There are two Janine Browns: shy-beyond-words “Janey” and in-your-face “Nean,” both layin
MB (What she read)
7/10/16 3.5 stars

This turned out to be surprisingly fun! I was giggling to myself throughout.

(While I didn't get it intentionally as a beach read, it turned out to serve surprisingly well as one.)

I enjoyed the chapter quotes and recognized several.

Reading about all the food making was fun, although I wondered how these women were able to afford their (seemingly very $$$) grocery bills with little to no income. I'm glad they were able to stop the waste. I also think some of these very involved m
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Aunt Midge said keep it interesting...and that is just what Kelly Harms did in this delightful story of the two Janine Browns who both entered a contest for a house and won it. But which Janine Brown was the true winner? As readers, we are all winners upon diving into this book. The characters are charming, realistically human (some lies to benefit one's self, a few drinks too many, sometimes making a fool of one's self), You can't help loving them all and hoping it all works out for them in the ...more
Lee Ann
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a fun read. At first I thought I was not going to like the characters in this book, turns out I was wrong. It was fun and I loved seeing them develop and grow through the story. It was a delight and I will look forward to Kelly harms second novel. Fun and fast read
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-s-fiction
The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms, the story of two women who may have a name in common but, it seems, nothing else, is humorous and heartwarming. Though they start out like oil and water, Janey and Nean both have a great capacity for love and a fragile heart. With more than a little help from Janey's hysterically funny Great-Aunt Midge, they eventually come to see that they can help to heal each other's wounds. Mixed in with all of this healing and hilarity - I dare you not t ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, litsyatoz2019
I love when a book I have no real expectations for manages to impress me! The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane is a feel good story that has a little bit of everything. Three lost souls, all in different stages of their lives, are thrown together after the unusual circumstance of winning a dream home, sort of. There’s romance, food, and even some humor. This book left me wanting to have a good meal, a good cry, and to read more by this author!
Mariana López
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El libro sigue la historia de dos mujeres que no se conocen de nada, que ignoran
la existencia de la otra, pero que llevan el mismo nombre y apellido. El destino les reserva una sorpresa: ambas, de una forma u otra, participan de un sorteo que hace un canal de televisión para ganarse una casa en la costa de Maine. La construcción es preciosa, además de que está situada en un pueblo costero, por lo que el ambiente es muy idílico. Así que cuando ambas se creen ganadoras corren a tomar posesión del
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Avery easy read. Characters could be someone we all know. Good thingscanhappen. Just don't judge o fast. Again, a good read.
Patti Alexander
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun read...good story
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a sweet, fun book. My sister sure can recommend them!
Mason Canyon
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who hasn’t fantasized about winning a dream home fully furnished? For Janie Brown of Cedar Falls, Iowa, winning the HomeSweetHome Network’s dream house in Maine is a life changer and eye opener.

Narrators Suehyla El-Attar and Reay Kaplan do an excellent job bringing the delightful characters to life. Their cadence pulls you in and holds you spellbound as the story unfolds. Their vocalizations enhance the author’s writing.

Janine “Nean” Brown knows winning the house is her destiny. It’s her chance
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Janine Brown lives in Iowa, and has entered a contest to win a house on the Maine coast.
Janine Brown (no relation) lives in Iowa, and has entered an contest to win a house on the Maine coast.

The contest winner is...Janine Brown of Iowa! Thus starts what at first glance will be a mistaken identity comedy. The two Janine's are opposites in many ways, and are unlikely to ever get along. And which one is the real winner of the house? Author Kelly Harms has made this anything but a mistaken identity
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The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms

A contest is being held where the winner would be given a dream home. The winner's name is Janine Brown. The only problem? There were two Janine Browns who entered the drawing. Janey, was entered into the contest by her Aunt Midge, is a shy woman who loves to cook. Nean is a down-on-her-luck sort of con artist who sees a way out if she wins this home. Both arrive to the dream house. Janey is the true winner and she and her
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not being much of a cook myself, I love reading books where the characters meet, learn, and love through food and cookery.

When Janine Brown of Cedar Falls, IA wins a dream house sweepstakes, the sponsors mess up and the prize is claimed by two Janine Browns: Janey Brown, a withdrawn, sorrowful woman with a talent for cooking and a pushy great aunt; and Neen Brown, a feisty survivor who has lived life on the edge of trouble.

Aunt Midge, the outrageous aunt, pushes and pulls the two women into fa
Amy For
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
This book is garbage. The only reason I gave it 2* instead of 1 is because I can sort of see the draw as a "beach book" or "I want to read something fun that doesn't require any thinking." Everything is predictable, and after 53 pages I can already tell you what the ending will be, so I don't need to waste another 200 pages of my time on it. The worst part about this book is that my 11 year old snatched it off the shelf and read it before I knew how bad it was, so now he's got the abusive relati ...more
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
First book of 2015 and I really liked it a lot! I have never read this author before, but I will definitely watch for other books written by Kelly Harms. It is the story of the two Janine Browns who win a house in an HGTV-type giveaway ( well, at least one of them does). It tells how these two misfits and Aunt Midge move across the country, try to make new lives for themselves, and in the process learn that family is not always blood-related. In the process of learning a few life lessons, they a ...more
May 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
This one just gets an okay, for easy to read and light hearted. Janey is painfully shy, her great aunt who is coarse, but love-able enters her in a contest to win a house. Another woman with the same name decides to also win the house. She has a history of poor decisions, from shoplifting to abusive boyfriends. They become best of friends and look out for each other, a bit hokey. Don't take this one too seriously, in the years that I lived in Maine, I never met a local who paid for restaurant l ...more
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
Kelly Harms is a new to me author who I came across when reviewing an ARC copy of The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay. I enjoyed that book so much, I decided to read The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane and I am SO glad I did!

This delightful tale is heartwarming, quirky and humorous and it's all rolled up into one creative, endearing story. The characters are realistic, quirky, and lovable. It made me wish I had an Aunt Midge of my own (as well as having won a dream house)! All in all, I truly enjoye
Apr 10, 2016 rated it liked it
3 stars.

This books starts off rocky then eases into a pleasant hallmark-y tale. It's not inspired but there are some truly tender scenes. My biggest problem with this book is that the 2 main characters - Janey and Nean- aren't really believe able through the first half of the book. This is really just a hallmark channel movie in a book - some good moments, but mostly meh. The food descriptions will make you hungry, so be prepared to snack.
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a great debut novel! I can't wait to read more books by Kelly Harms. Her characters are wonderful, her story was both funny and touching, and her premise of two women with the same name winning a home was unique. Harms is a terrific writer and I'm sure this will be the first of many bestsellers. I highly recommend this book!
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it- it was a great light-hearted summer read. The characters were charming and while based on the synopsis I thought it may end up a little far fetched it actually was a believable and cute story. I enjoyed the foodie aspect of it as well. I am looking forward to future books by this author.
Oct 06, 2014 rated it liked it
A fun read about two women with the same name living in the same town who hear their name drawn on TV to win a mansion on a cliff in Maine, 100 miles from where they live in Iowa. They both drop everything and make their way there to claim it and in the process challenge themselves, overcome difficulties and find family, friendship and love.
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: interesting
You are really going to like this one! Sweet and sad and funny and always entertaining and very hard to put down. I am looking forward to more from this author. The idea behind the story is just so original, and holds so many possibilities.
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
It was a cute story, but I guess it is just not my kind of life. I had to read it with a pencil to edit all the swearing. They drank a ton, and were fixated on sex. I did enjoy all of the cooking parts, and I liked the characters.
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Kelly Harms is the author of The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane and The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay. She has also worked with New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, Edgar, RITA, and Agatha award winners, and Indie Next List Picks in her time as an editor at a division of HarperCollins and later as an agent at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her son Griffi ...more
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