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by lauren finchum
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(I made this list to share the good books I've read with others, and to show there's more to a good chick-lit novel then shoes and chocoalte. {Although that IS a part of it, lol}.)

Books I’ve read in the Last Six Months:

“Hip to be Square”–by Hope Lyda:

In this story Mari Hamilton make an oath when she’s a little girl that by age 30 she’ll have it all–including an oatmeal colored lux car.
But at 29–and counting–she finds herself single, not aware of modern times, and working in a retirement home–with oatmeal tone WALLS.
She wonders if she needs a life make-over, or if it’s too late for her.

I like this book very much. It made me LOL very often. I also like how Mari it quirky, yet real.
The relationship between Mari and her favorite resident of the home, Tess, is sweet and very believable.

Then there are Mari’s friends; sophisticated, classy, Sadie; popular, trend slave, Angelica; and funky, outgoing, Caitlin–who’s a little strange, but sweet. The array of friends give this story many co-voices. I like how the author did that.

And, of course, what’s a story without an arch enemy, who’s name happens to be Beau. . .but I’m not a book spoiler, so you’ll have to read this book yourself to get the dirt on Beau. I WILL tell you, there’s a twist!

Then there’s the idea of Mari changing her name to work in a fancy spa, and the mystery blog she has nothing to do with–since she doesn’t even know what a BLOG is.

There are quite a few plot twists in the book, which is what keeps you guessing.

I recommend this book highly, and give it 4 ½ stars.

“A Girl’s Best Friend”– by Kristin Billerbeck:

Morgan Mallard is a princess in everyone’s eyes, but her private life sucks and is totally screwed.

Her father is a money lovin’ diamond dealer who would rather use his daughter as a jewelry showcase then care if she’s truly happy. Morgan’s mother died when she was a child, then later in life her fiancé dies right before they get married. Add to that a crabby, icy housekeeper, and it’s no wonder Morgan’s miserable.

But it gets worse! She marries a guy that turns out to be a con-artist, but before the honeymoon happens, the marriage is annulled.
It’s in all the papers about Morgan and her twisted love mistakes–complete with pictures.

Time for the “Spa Girls”!
Made up of her best friends, Lily Jacobs–a designer, and Poppy Clayton–a organic health chiropractor.
But there’s a hottie stalking her when she gets to the spa! You’ll have to read this story to know why and who is following her around.

There’s great humor in this book (which is important to me). I COL (cackled out loud) to most of it.
Despite a big mess with underhanded taxes, there’s a happy ending.

I LOVED this novel and give it 5 big ol’ stars.

“Consider Lily”–by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt:

Lily Traywick’s Parents own an up-scale department store in San Francisco. Their all about fashion and first impressions. . .Lily on the other hand would rather be in a T-shirt and old jeans and play a sport.
She feels that–even though she works at Traywick’s–she’s a disappointment to her parents.

Lily decides to spill her guts and feelings about her friends, family, roommate, and her love triangle on a blog. . .buuuuut then the blog gets published in a newspaper by her ex-boss when she quits her freelancing job.

I really like this book. The protagonist is complicated, and the storyline shows many things; love sometimes hurts, family may not always act a like Leave it to Beaver re-run, and you can be a Christian with out thinking you better than “sinners”.

I find it interesting how Lily finds her girlier side. I guess I relate to this because I was a mud pie makin’ fence jumper, till I turned thirteen, and found my inner girly girl. (My inner girl is a little more flashy than Lily’s. . .but I STILL love tennis and swimming!)

Lily expresses some negative views on God's supernaturalness in peoples eveyday lives, which I didn't argee with, but other than that, I find this book very agreeable.

This was a good read, and it gets 3 ½ stars.

“Murder, Mayhem, and a Fine Man”–by Claudia Mair Burney:

Amanda Bell Brown goes by “Bell”, and on her 40th birthday she finds herself fighting crime with a total hottie called Jazz.

I like the cultural expression in this book. The characters are African American and the story embraces that. I loved that about this story–the author was herself–#1 rule in writing, or life for that matter.

This story is thrilling, but if your squeamish, don’t even crack it open! There’s lots of detail about the dead bodies, which kinda got to me.
On the other hand if you’d like a novel that’s like CSI with a sassy edge of humor–this books for you!

It had good lessons in forgiveness, and has the Sinner’s Prayer in it, too.

It was good, and I hand it out 3 stars.

“Georgia on Her Mind”–by Rachel Hauck:

Macy Moore has it all–then she doesn’t, and the last thing she wants to do is go back to the town she ran away from.

This book starts with a bang!

You don’t walk into the plot, you’re thrown into it! Which I think is great.
In the first chapter Macy loses her boyfriend, her dignity, and is on the way to losing her corner office.

I like the plot and being from the South, I liked the Southern feel of the story.

I found myself talking sarcastic to Macy’s boss and the Tums poppin’ dude. Which either means I’m finally ready for that padded cell, or the author did a good job!

I think there’s a good struggle between what people–including Macy–think is a good life, and what she knows God is trying to tell her.
Oh, yeah. . .and then there the sparks between an old friend of hers named Dylan. The description of him make MY heart quiver!

This book is full of wry LOL humor and I give it 4 stars.

“What a Girl Wants”–by Kristin Billerbeck:

Ashley Stockingdale just wants to find a sane Christian man. . .or at least one with a discount card to Starbuck’s.

Ashley thinks her married singles pastor’s saying of “there’s single for a season, or single for a reason” is hysterical. . .till she thinks she might be a “reason”.

But what IS the “reason”? God’s plan. . .bad luck. . .bad breath?
While she tries to figure that out she has to fly to Taiwan for business. When she returns, she finds herself the love addition of not one, not two, but THREE men.

This book was so hysterical I laughed till it hurt!

The one scene that really stays with me is the Single’s Talent Show her group has. Not only does Ashley sing some mean Karioke, but a guy dresses up like Mr. Spock from Star Trek. He does a farewell speech to an imaginary Captain Kirk.
When this actor finally decides to fake his demise, he ends by playing a tape of “Amazing Grace”–preformed on bagpipes, none the less.
Too funny!

I ADORED this novel, and have asked for book 2 for Christmas.

This one most defiantly gets 5 stars.


Book I’m Reading Now:

“Calm, Cool, and Adjusted”–by Kristin Billerbeck

Poppy Clayton is trying to figure out if she’s weird, or if the world calls weird normal–all while she finds a date for her friend’s wedding, and loathes her office neighbor. He’s a plastic surgeon, and–being of an all natural mind set–Poppy thinks this guy has to be horrid.
But he’s more attractive that she wants him to be.
But, Simon--who came for a good back crack--is pretty fine, too!

I’m only half way through this book, but I’ve COL on may occasions.

I love how Poppy tries to keep her big, fat mouth shut. . .and just can’t.

This sure looks like a 5 star-er!

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Elizabeth Hale 10 Dec 2006
I'm tagging this article as I am a voracious reader of many things, and I'd much rather be laughing than crying! I LOVE anything by Kristen Billerbeck! Ask for Book 3 in the Ashley series for Christmas too--then you'll have the total story so far. Thanks! Beth


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