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Divorced, middle-aged Rachel Brinkerhoff, a Jewish matchmaker from New York who hopes to remarry, moved to Toronto for a fresh new start with her business and her love life. But no one told her that female-aversive Toronto was BYOB - Bring Your Own Boy. She partners with an Indian and a Muslim lady who want to help Canadians arrange marriages for their often-recalcitrant c ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published January 11th 2013 by Deux Voiliers Publishing
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Ann Dulhanty
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely, clever story. It's also intelligent. The theme is certainly romantic love in all it's manifestations. The plot winds its way, in a very coherent manner, through various cultural norms related to love and marriage, exploring the positive and the negative. The story incorporates the pitfalls of romance, the sleazier sides of sex and does so both literally and metaphorically. Overall, an intelligent consideration of love, woven together cleverly into a jaunty story. I thought the ...more
Zrinka Jelic
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars actually, but since I like to round things up rather than down, hence 4 stars.

In a nutshell, I liked the story. It revolves around this girl Rachel, a divorced Jewish 40 something who moves from New York to Toronto to escape her crazy militant husband. She forms a partnership with the two ladies from “Love comes after” an arranged marriage agency as their matchmaker. But the truth is she couldn't land a man herself and finds Toronto guys to be computer geeks and not really interested
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Louise Alberelli
Jun 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Sumer Lovin’ is a novel for anyone who likes wacky stories about gods and mythology. Second novel for Toronto author, Nicole Chardenet, it is an ode to religious pluralism, weaving Christian, Jewish, and Muslim ideologies with Mesopotamian mythology.

Recently moved from New York, Rachel Brinkerhoff is a 41-year old Jewish woman (with a decidedly southern drawl) in search of love in modern-day Toronto. She launches a match-making business with two immigrant women, Mahliqua and Amita. However, find
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Ira Nayman
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sumer Lovin’ is another in Nicole Chardenet’s attempts to make Toronto sexy. I’m not sure how successful it is, especially for those of us who live in the city, or have ever been in it for more than a few minutes, or have heard about it in passing in otherwise dull dinner conversation. Still, I applaud her effort.

In Sumer Lovin’, Toronto lies at one end of a magical ley line; when an earthquake hits the city, it opens up portals to other dimensions. Out of these portals come various magical/myth
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Cindy Smith
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Toronto's males get a hormone shot!, January 31, 2013
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I received this book from the author in exchange for a pre-release review. Well, I do not know when I have chuckled so much reading a book. This story is so original and cute! A real page turner!

Mahliqa and Amita, An Indian and a Muslim have decided to open an "arranged marriage" company in Toronto. Rachel, a newly divorced Jew from NYC has just mo
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Eden Baylee
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**Twists and turns in a rollicking tale**

I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun reading fiction. Sumer Lovin’ is a play on words, and like the title, the book titillates and amuses in equal measure.

And it’s set in Toronto, Canada, where I now live.

Toronto is the city everyone loves to hate, except if you’re living here (of course), but familiar landmarks will ground readers to the story. What happens, however, is unimaginable for the conservative “center of the universe.”

Ms. Chardene
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Kelly Smith Reviews
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Love and lust in Toronto. How strange matters of the heart are in that beautiful, cold, melting-pot of a city!

In Nicole Chardenet's light novel (a little more than 200 ebook pages), we see the Canadian city overtaken by an Underworldly being from ancient Sumeria who appears at a fountain after an unusual earthquake...stark naked. She is a killer, feeding on virgins and babies to give herself power. She was forced away from Adam (yes, THAT Adam) by her mother, so she says.
She meets Dave, the quin
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Susan Swiderski
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Totally inappropriate? Nah, just a little.

If you have a problem with satire that pokes fun at society, religion, sexuality, and men, this might not be the book for you. Over the line? Some might think so, but it's also laugh-out-loud funny in places. Yeah, the author takes some pretty good jabs at the United States, but she doesn't cut Toronto much slack, either. Canadians might get more of the insider jokes, but even as an outsider, I appreciated the absurdity of this clever (and sometimes fran
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Mike
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Matchmakers, magic, and sex - oh my! This delightful book, set in downtown Toronto, is a story of love and marriage, gods and goddesses, virgins and love goddesses. The description is rich, the action fast paced, and the dialogue lifelike. The author has added quirks to some of the voices too: Mahliqa, a 48 year old Muslim marriage counsellor, sees good omens in things as simple as scratching an eyebrow; Rachel, a 41 year old Jewish matchmaker from New York, has an accent that thickens under str ...more
Karen Dales
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Move over Douglas Adams!
Nicole Chardenet has proven, yet again, that she is a brilliant writer. Her humour, twisted into a fast paced urban fanatsy, kept me in stitches! Sumer Lovin' is filled with fantastic characters, extremely well written prose, all wrapped up in a highly original story. If you love urban fantasy and humour, then you MUST get this book. You won't be disappointed.
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Anna
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a GREAT book. It is a lot better than the mainstream romance - fantasy stuff you find on the bookshelves, is culturally very rich, and has meaningful plots and characters. I enjoyed the cynical attitude in the novel, and could really see Nicole's attitude shining through the words. ...more
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Nicole Chardenet graduated from Kent State University back when Duran Duran was still considered cool. She was in the medieval re-creation group The Society for Creative Anachronism, where she learned how to belly dance, flirt outrageously, terrify battle-hardened Vikings and dance around campfires at midnight surrounded by screaming barbarians wearing loincloths and roadkill and very little else. ...more

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