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Fifteen Minutes of Shame by Lisa Daily

Fifteen Minutes of Shame by Lisa DailyBook Review
Title: Fifteen Minutes of Shame
Author:  Lisa Daily
Publisher: Plume
Released: 2008
Pages: 304
ISBN-10: 0452289130
ISBN-13: 978-0452289130
Stars: 3.5

Fifteen Minutes of Shame by “experienced dating expert and virgin novelist” Lisa Daily is chick lit at its guilty pleasure finest. It’s the equivalent of enjoying People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive issue (usually the only issue I buy all year) in that it’s clearly style over substance, but it’s undeniably delicious. It won’t really stimulate your intellect but it will make you laugh and reminisce about your own dating exploits.

TV dating expert Darby Vaughn has just been dumped by her once seemingly perfect celebrity publicist husband Will Bradley, and his ex-wife, reality show actress Gigi Bissanti, who informs the media that she is getting back together with her husband and their two children so that they can be a family again. Darby is informed of this as she’s about to be interviewed by Matt Lauer on The Today Show for her latest book about how to snag a man called The Dreamgirl Academy (based on Lisa’s real life Dreamgirl Academy classes for women) and promptly vomits into a chrysanthemum arrangement on the coffee table before fainting on national television.

So much for Darby’s marriage, family, career, or reputation! Or is it? With the help of her weasel-like husband’s ex-assistant Kendall who takes over as Darby’s publicist, her “dreamgirl” best friends, and one of Sarasota, Florida’s finest divorce attorneys: the handsome, integrity-laden Holt Gregory, Darby slowly picks up the pieces of her shattered life.

Fifteen Minutes of Shame is well-written and exceedingly funny with dating tips from the Dreamgirl Academy or advice columns by Darby Vaughn published at the end of each chapter. However, I wanted to like Darby more than I did, and I found it just a bit of a stretch to believe that she would risk everything she had ever worked for to fight for custody of Will’s children, even though she had raised them for 3 years while Will and Gigi concentrated on their respective careers. It was interesting to consider the rights of step-parents in custody cases and I can understand how a step-parent can fall in love with someone else’s children, but what I couldn’t understand was how Darby managed to have such a successful career of her own, up until she discovered Will’s infidelity, and still found time to be the primary caregiver of his children.

Darby’s career never really falls apart as she begins taping a reality dating show within weeks of her public humiliation, and while you feel sorry for her in the beginning, it doesn’t take long for your empathy to dissipate because she just doesn’t really have to struggle much to pull her life together in the aftermath.

The development of her relationship with her attorney was predictable and the whole, rather clichéd story felt like a series of segments on Entertainment Tonight – which is okay, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Even though by the end of the book we see some growth in Darby’s emotional intelligence, she’s just not the kind of woman I could realistically cheer for. I didn’t think she deserved Holt Gregory (who really was written as the perfect man) and couldn’t understand why a man like him would fall for her because she didn’t seem to be deep enough for him. But then again, what do I know? I’m still single and am probably in dire need of Lisa Daily’s dating advice!

I just don’t play games of any kind when it comes to relationships with men and I don’t think that anyone else’s list of rules about the dos and don’ts of dating can apply to women in a universal fashion. But can they make you laugh? Hell, yes!! I mean, isn’t the fact that “in 80% of marriages, at least one partner will have an affair” a side-splitter?! Call me cynical; it’s okay. I confess.

Daisy Dooley Does Divorce by Anna Pasternak

Book Review
Title: Daisy Dooley Does Divorce
Author: Anna Pasternak
Publisher: 5 Spot
Released: 2007
Pages: 368
ISBN-10: 0446177946
ISBN-13: 978-0446177948
Stars: 4.5

Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 10:55am (Facebook)

This is the book I’m reading at the moment…snug in my bed under my brand new duvet where I can totally ignore the horrendous winter that’s waiting outside along with an hour’s worth of snow shoveling!

Daisy Dooley Does Divorce is a humorous and heartfelt romp through 39-year-old Brit, Daisy Dooley’s divorce and her consequent quest to understand men, relationships, and most importantly herself and the decisions she makes. It’s a Bridget Jones’s Diary for divorcees and an easy, charming and highly enjoyable read. It is laugh out loud funny, often thought-provokingly poignant and Daisy’s penchant for spiritual/self-help books makes her a kindred spirit. You will love this heartwarming, easy-to-read-in-a-few-sittings book about friendship and daring to realize one’s dreams, even if you’re not divorced or have never been married. Anyone who has been disappointed at some point in her life by love will find so much in common with delightful Daisy. She’s full of spirit, sass and sensitivity and if she were a real person I would want to be her friend.

This particular nugget of wisdom struck me this morning when I read it…

It was true – my heart was like Miles’s shelves, gnawed and splintered with emotional woodworm. I read on: “The difference between a little life and a big life is trust. Trust is the midwife of a big life. People only choose little lives because they don’t trust and they want to control.” That’s the most difficult thing in life, I thought, getting the balance right between not giving up on your dreams and yet having enough faith in their fruition to let them go.

This paragraph rings so true to me as I struggle every day of my life with climbing the mountain of adversity (the mountain that I know is largely self-made) and self-doubt, all the while wondering if I even believe in true love anymore, let alone have the faith that it will find me some day. I have to be willing to be open to it, to trust that it exists and that eventually there will be a man out there who won’t lie to me, use me, play me for the fool, trod all over my broken heart and leave me to reinforce my bitter, cynical, untrusting view of men. They can’t all be utter heartless, cruel, dishonest cads, can they? Now if I could just believe that and hold it as truth in my heart, I might have a fighting chance of actually attracting the right one. Must focus on The Law of Attraction and believe that I deserve the love of a truly good man! If I believe he’s out there, he will be and he will find me.

Discovering the novel Daisy Dooley Does Divorce by Anna Pasternak was the biggest joy I had in reading in 2008. The book was based on Anna’s weekly column of the same name in the London Daily Mail (it has since been retired). Anna’s honesty as a writer, the depth of her characters and her fantastic wit quickly made her a new favourite author and any woman who enjoys chick/wit lit or romance and relationships between women will undoubtedly love this book.

This is the review that changed my life.

It began with my becoming acquainted with a lovely, intelligent woman named Paige O’Neill who is the person who looks after The Waterboys’ online presence on numerous social networking websites. Paige and I connected in 2006 when I sent Mike Scott of The Waterboys a personal letter about a sick friend of mine who was a huge fan (as am I). We became good friends online and in the past three years she has become a soul sister of immense importance in my life, even though I have never met her in person.

Paige looks after the maintenance of Daisy Dooley’s MySpace profile for Anna Pasternak and in March 2008, after reading my review of the book, and with Paige’s recommendation, Anna asked me to help her maintain a Facebook fan page and group for Daisy Dooley. I was honoured to do it and I even got paid for it.

Since then, and as a result of Paige and Anna’s unfailing support and encouragement, I formed my own business, Scully Love Promo, promoting authors & musicians using the major social networking websites on the internet. Over the past year and a half, I have worked for at least 10 different talented artists and although this is only a part-time endeavor for me at this time, I believe there is a good chance that it could one day become my full-time job. And I love it! I love spreading the love about artists that I respect and admire. I’ve done this naturally for many years through my review writing and in every day conversation with friends. However, now I get paid to do it, and I owe that privilege to Paige O’Neill and Anna Pasternak, who are the most amazingly resilient, spiritual, intelligent, and loving women and friends that anyone could hope to have.

Above all else, that is why I continue to recommend this delightful book, Daisy Dooley Does Divorce by Anna Pasternak (available through 5 Spot, a division of Hachette Books, Grand Central’s trade paperback imprint featuring fresh, original voices in women’s fiction and nonfiction).

Mrs. Perfect by Jane Porter

Book Review
Title: Mrs. Perfect
Author:  Jane Porter
Publisher: 5 Spot
Released: May 5, 2008
Pages: 432
ISBN 10 – 0446699241

4.5 STARS

I didn’t think I was going to love Mrs. Perfect by Seattle author Jane Porter as much as I loved her preceding work, Odd Mom Out, but as it turns out, not only did I love it as much, I love it more! When I started reading the book, I had a preconceived notion of who the main character, Taylor Young, was. She was introduced in Mom Odd Out and appeared to be Marta Zinsser’s complete opposite, not to mention nemesis.

Taylor Young is a beautiful trophy wife with control issues who lives in a fairy-tale world with her handsome, high-earning, ex-quarterback husband, Nathan – in the dream home she decorated – with their three exquisite little girls, Jemma, Brooke and Tori in Bellevue, Washington. To anyone who looks at her from the outside, Taylor is Mrs. Perfect. However, as we read this book, we watch in amazement at how Jane Porter peels back the layers of Taylor’s character to reveal a woman that I didn’t loathe, but rather fell in love with, just like I did with Marta Zinsser in Odd Mom Out.

Taylor’s perfect life has begun to unravel when her husband takes a job in Omaha after finally admitting to her that for the past year he hasn’t been working, and because they’ve been spending way beyond their means for a very long time, they are now millions of dollars in debt and are going to lose their dream home. Taylor Young not only rises to the challenge of a very difficult situation, but she shows everyone around her what she’s truly made of. Even though she’s falling apart inside, she manages to make the most delicious lemonade out of the hairy lemons in her life. She matures on a visceral, cerebral, and spiritual level before our eyes and we love her for sharing her difficult journey with us.

“You’re bad. I silently repeat the last one as I load the dishwasher, knowing these voices are part of that horrible, hollow feeling inside of me. But I’m not hollow, and I’m not horrible. For all my mistakes, I do love my girls, and I try my best to take care of them. For all my flaws and my vanity and pride, I do love Nathan, and I love him with all my heart. The truth is, I do try. I always try.

Maybe Marta’s right about something else. Maybe trying your best, and doing your best, even if it’s not perfect, is enough.

Maybe it’s unrealistic to think I can be perfect.

Or to put it in Marta-speak, that’s why we have religion. God’s perfect. We’re human.”

Jane Porter knows how to write a meaningful, emotional story for women. She knows how to find the chord that connects us all and how to tug on it to get our attention. She reminds us that many other people in this world are in the same boat as we are and she makes us feel as if we have a cheerleading team behind us, letting us know that we’re going to be better than fine…that things are going to turn out great!

Her contemporary style is flawless and she speaks my language, fluently. She moved me to tears again with this book and in the three books of hers that I’ve read, she’s managed to climb very close to the top of my favourite authors list. Don’t let the candy-coloured book covers fool you. These books are much more substantial than a box of chocolates or a slice of cake. I can’t wait to go and buy her latest 5 Spot release, Easy on The Eyes. It’s at my local bookstore and I know exactly the shelf it’s on.

If you’re looking for a wonderful read with marvelous characterization and relevant contemporary themes, look no further than the divine Ms. Jane Porter.

A Love That Makes Life Drunk by Karen Roderick

Book Review
Title: A Love That Makes Life Drunk
Author: Karen Roderick
Publisher: Pink Cupcake Publishing
Released: 2008
Pages: 320
ISBN-10: 0955791103
ISBN-13: 978-0955791109
Stars: 3.5

The title of UK author, Karen Roderick’s debut novel made me want to read it. A Love That Makes Life Drunk… Sigh, do you remember feeling that way about it? Do you remember a time when there was nothing but love and how it and great sex made you see the world in a different way; hear, smell, taste, and feel everything in the almost indescribably delicious manner that you’d never experienced before, and how you could barely recall those sensations when that love was long gone?

As I started reading, I fell in lust with this scandalous book. The author, who is an unabashedly girly girl with a cerise-coloured naughty streak, as well as writer of the blog, The English Writer, has created my kind of dream guy in her main character, Jefferson James Howie, and it is through his eyes that we witness the love that makes his and Lillian “Lily Ellen” Mills’ lives drunk. Jefferson is a bit of a bad boy, who is always alluring: a handsome, elegant, sophisticated, successful London author; an intellectual with a wildly romantic streak who appreciates every last infinitesimal detail of the beautiful, young, intelligent and very sexy redhead (she’s a Masters student in the History of the Book) that he should not be falling in love with because she’s 12 years his junior and his brother’s girlfriend.

“I thought about why Lily’s parents potentially detest me. It could be the fact I’m 37 and she’s just 25, or that I’ve been sleeping with their daughter knowing she’s in a relationship with my brother; I imagine it’s both, topped off for good measure with the vulgarity of my novels and my occasionally arrogant and pretentious column.”

Jefferson Howie is in turmoil…deeply handsome, intelligent and successful, he is a man used to getting what he wants, that is, except the one thing he really wants – his brother’s beautiful girlfriend Lily.

Through a series of cleverly orchestrated meetings, Jefferson detaches himself from guilt to tempt Lily into his arms. Silently but deliriously, they collide against the back drop of the love letters of Anais Nin and Henry Miller. But is blood thicker than love and desire? With Jefferson’s sexy and charming narration, and Lily’s intensely emotional and sexually explicit Journal, we witness the honest and raw account of two people falling in love.

Karen Roderick has put so much love and effort, not to mention herself, into the creation of these lovers that the authenticity of the story is flawless. These are people who love to read (Miller, Nin, and Salinger), write, enjoy good food and fine wine, listen to music, travel to Paris and talk for hours about things they are interested in. I’ve been looking for a man like Jefferson Howie my whole life! However, I’m not a gorgeous natural redhead who has men buying expensive pink satin corsets for me, although I’m sure Playboy’s Miss May 1972, Deanna Baker – on whom Lily’s character was based – certainly was.

A Love That Makes Life Drunk is not the chick lit I expected it to be. It’s far too sexy and raw for that. In fact, it’s erotica, disguised as chick lit with a pale pink, innocent cover. Be aware of this and be discerning when recommending the book to friends. It’s a bit much for teenagers and should come with a sexually explicit warning label. Jefferson and Lily’s story is enchantingly electric with erotically charged, carnal, corporeal foreplay that leaps off the page. You will feel “clammy in the aftermath of their spectacular collision!”, that is, if you are comfortable with reading erotica, and I am.

However, I noticed my feelings about the book changing, the further I got into it. Like the love that makes Lily and Jefferson’s lives drunk, their story is just a little too over the top for my comfort, but that’s because I’m cynical when it comes to trusting men and believing in that kind of love. Roderick’s descriptions of their feelings for each other are too repetitive and go too far, making you feel as if you’ve completely overdosed on the sugar in those pink cup cakes that Lily is so fond of. Her use of journals as a way to reveal the past lives of the main characters, while done so in homage to Anäis Nin and Henry Miller, are cliché, and although the writer and Jefferson Howie are convinced that Lily’s journal is a brilliant masterpiece of literature, it’s just not. She’s no Anäis Nin and I have no idea how, realistically, Howie was able to make so much money (to pay for their £1.5 million Cotswold farmhouse or their chic, two bedroom Paris apartment) selling his writing either – imagination is definitely needed here. But then again, regular columnists for newspapers like The Independent or The Daily Mail in London earn quite a substantial salary and they’re not literary geniuses either.

Karen Roderick is a very courageous, distinctive writer and I applaud her for staying true to her vision. It is obvious that she is totally in love with Jefferson Howie and Lily Mills and I only hope their story is a reflection of her own happy union. Writing a book is a monumental accomplishment and she should be proud of her achievement. Learn all about her inspirations for the book at pinkcupcakes.typepad.com.

A Love That Makes Life Drunk left this chronically single woman with a hangover; which means I had a lot of fun reading it even if it wasn’t good for me. That being said, I am definitely a fan of Karen Roderick’s writing and can’t wait for her next book!

Sexiest Man Alive by Diana Holquist

Sexiest Man AliveBook Review
Title: Sexiest Man Alive
Author:  Diana Holquist
Publisher: Forever
Released: 2007
Pages: 352
ISBN-13: 978-0446617987
ISBN-10: 0446617989
Stars:  3.5

Well folks, the Hachette Book Group USA (Grand Central Publishing) have done it again! I have liked every book I’ve read that they have published and they’ve become my leading source for smart, fun chick lit. The latest absolutely, entertaining and, as addictive as fine Belgian chocolate gem I’ve read, is Sexiest Man Alive by the hilarious Diana Holquist. From the moment I picked up the book with its bare-chested stud muffin in a plush red towel lustily draped by perfectly manicured hands with cherry-coloured fingernails, I knew I was in for some fun! With the tag, “Every woman’s dream just became her reality”, I immediately flashed to my own fantasy with People magazine’s current sexiest man alive, Hugh Jackman, and shuddered with the possibilities! What woman hasn’t fantasized about getting it on with a famous movie star? If there is such a woman who exists out there, I’d like to know!

Sexiest Man Alive is the story of painfully shy, unknown costume designer, Jasmine Burns; a woman who becomes sick with shyness in the presence of attractive men and a very likeable character whom you find yourself rooting for all the way from the first pages. The unique thing about Jasmine is that she has a zany, psychic gypsy sister named Amy whose only power is that she can sometimes tell a person the name of their One True Love (when her spirit guide “Maddie” feels like telling her!) and the name of Jasmine’s O.T.L. is the same as People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, actor Josh Toby. It just so happens that movie star Josh is in New York City – incognito -to try to gain respect as a serious actor. He’s preparing for his stage debut in the role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet in an off-Broadway production of the famous play by Willy Shakespeare.

Josh Toby happens to be in an arranged, fake relationship with his best friend/otherworldly beautiful superstar, Cleo Chan, who is really in love with him, and as Jasmine doesn’t realize the relationship is fake, she doesn’t think she’d ever stand a chance in hell with Josh.

Meanwhile, there is another Josh Toby…a librarian at the New York Public Library who would be much more suited to Jasmine’s shy personality, so Jasmine has to arrange to meet both of them and try to figure out which Josh Toby is her One True Love. Hilarity and cold showers ensue!

This book is fast-paced, funny, well-written, and a perfect summer beach read. If you’re going to write trash, make sure it’s excellent trash – Diana Holquist is Queen Trashionista. Sexiest Man Alive is as guilty a pleasure as Mayan Chocolate Häagen-Dazs and the sex scenes are almost as delicious! I was actually a little bummed out when I finished it!

At the end of Sexiest Man Alive you’ll find the Prologue for Diana’s next book, Hungry For More, and after reading it, I’ve decided that I will likely read everything this woman has to offer because her books are just way too much fun!

Your Roots Are Showing by Elise Chidley


3 STARS

Elise Chidley’s debut novel, Your Roots Are Showing, is a fine example of the contemporary, intelligent chick/mom lit novel that I’m coming to expect from 5 Spot Publishing, who are fast becoming one of my favourite publishers. Connecticut based Elise, who is married with three children, has written a very accessible and sometimes touching, romantic story. Your Roots Are Showing is about the break-up of Lizzie Buckley’s ostensibly seamless marriage with her handsome, wealthy, architect husband, James, in Gloucestershire, England, and the subsequent journey she embarks upon to win him back.

My favourite character in this book was neither Lizzie nor James, and certainly not her annoying, brittle and exercise-obsessed best friend Tessa (whom I immediately envisioned as the Embeth Davidtz character, Amy, in the HBO series, In Treatment); it was Lizzie’s neighbour, and potential new love interest, Bruno Ardis, who seemed to have the most going on beneath the surface, and late in the novel we find out that is definitely the truth. For the record, I wouldn’t blame the guy one bit for making the choice he makes in the end.

Lizzie, still in love with her husband, but angry, frustrated and frightened to find herself moving her three-year-old twins, Ellie and Alex, out of her husband’s picturesque cottage (on the property of his rich, snobby parents’ estate) into a rental cottage in Kent that needs more than a little love to make it inhabitable, is a character that I really wanted to like. And I did, at first. However, as the story progressed, I found myself wanting to smack her and/or take her by the shoulders and shake her silly because she constantly jumped to conclusions about what her soon-to-be-ex-husband was up to and she was downright disagreeable to the affable Bruno.

Elise touches upon the subject of post partum depression in Your Roots Are Showing, but never really delves into it with any substance, which is for me, the most disappointing aspect of this novel. I think that if she had focused on that issue, which is the excuse for why Lizzie lets herself go physically and ends up inadvertently sending a scathing email about how uninterested she is in her husband – meant for her sister – to James, spurring him to walk out on their marriage, I would have had a lot more empathy for Lizzie and would have liked her more. As it was, Lizzie, who couldn’t find a reason to love herself or understand why her husband had chosen her as a partner in the first place, was constantly making statements about herself and others that left me cringing.

Lizzie finds herself binge-eating because of her depression and gaining weight (she was a ghastly size 12 at her heaviest, heaven forbid!), choosing to hide under sweat pants and old t-shirts with unwashed hair and portraying herself as a victim of an unreasonable husband who walked out on her. Through Tessa’s constant badgering to start running, Lizzie finally acquiesces and in no time finds herself addicted to the sport, her endorphins and the thrill she gets from seeing her body change. I can understand this reaction completely, but as a single, overweight, unnatural redhead, I found statements like the following rather insulting:

“She had red hair. Real red hair, not the dyed variety. In most people, this was a misfortune. If somebody had come up to Lizzie and said, “James is going out with a redhead,” Lizzie would’ve been relieved. Even a little incredulous. Chuh, she’d have thought, couldn’t he do any better than that?”

Or, at her friend Maria’s wedding:

“But she wasn’t prepared to stand in the lineup of single women waiting to catch the bride’s bouquet. She wasn’t that much of a sport. Several voices, made loud and tactless by too much wine, urged her to join the spinsters…”

I find the word “spinster” to be a harsh and outdated way of describing single women, don’t you?

Lizzie assumes that if she changes herself physically, she will finally be worthy of love. I get that she is trying to find herself as a woman (and a writer of children’s verse) and not just as a wife and mother, but it’s the way in which she gets there that bothers me because I’m not sure Chidley is sending a positive message to other women through her character.

Even though I feel this way, I did enjoy the story and the supporting characters, Ingrid the nosey neighbour, Sarah the babysitter, and James’ empathetic father, and it is certainly true that “sometimes the fairytale ending is just the beginning of the real story.” I can picture Your Roots Are Showing (a.k.a. The Wrong Sort of Wife in the UK) as a movie and wouldn’t have any trouble recommending it to other women who enjoy reading chick/mom lit. Elise Chidley is a respectable writer with potential for a bestseller and I genuinely look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

For a preview of Elise’s current project, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms, a compilation to which she contributes, check out this video trailer on YouTube:

Odd Mom Out by Jane Porter

Book Review 
Title: Odd Mom Out
Author:  Jane Porter
Publisher: 5 Spot
Released: September 27, 2007
Pages: 432
ISBN 10 – 0446699233

4 STARS

As a single, independent woman who has trust issues with men, Seattle author Jane Porter’s Odd Mom Out struck a thundering chord with me and helped me to remember that I really do want to be loved and in order to be loved, I must open myself up to receive it. For that Jane, I thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Something has definitely been triggered here. I just finished reading the book and am still in tears. Any novel that has the power to move me to tears is a memorable one and Odd Mom Out is just that. It is an honest, moving, accessible and beautifully well-written story about being true to yourself, and it’s not just for Moms, it’s for every woman.

From the very first two pages of this book, I fell totally and completely in love with the main character, Marta Zinsser (even though I am not a Mom). I loved that Marta drives a Harley and loves motorcycles and can relate to her love of the freedom of the open road and seeing everything you pass more clearly. I loved that Marta decided from an early age that it was okay to be different and that the most important thing was that she was true to herself. It is also true that where men were concerned, she got lost along the way, but without giving up the plot I’ll just say that when one gets lost they shall almost always ultimately be found. It’s part of the Yin and Yang of life.

As Marta struggles to be the best mom she can be to her nine year old daughter Eva, while juggling a career, a mother slowly slipping away from Alzheimer’s, trying to fit in amongst the snobby affluent women of Seattle and Bellevue, and accepting and trusting a new love interest (Luke Flynn) who she is terrified of losing herself to, I empathized with her more and more after every page. I want to be friends with this woman and she’s only a fictional character! I didn’t want the book to end. I haven’t read a lot of Chick or Mom Lit yet, but I loved it that much! If you are a fan of the genre, this is a MUST READ!

My favourite quote from Odd Mom Out is:

“…One hundred years ago, Virginia Woolf wrote that women need a room of their own. But Virginia’s wrong. Women don’t need a room of their own. What they need to do is get out of the goddamn building.”

You got that right, Jane Porter!

If you’re looking for an easy, delightful and yet emotional read to keep you occupied with while you snuggle up indoors this winter, choose Odd Mom Out. And if you want to connect with this wonderful, open, caring and talented woman, Jane Porter, and learn more about her exceptional books, please visit her at her website at JanePorter.com or on Facebook or MySpace.

The YouTube trailer for Odd Mom Out (which really doesn’t quite do it justice):

Daisy Dooley Does Divorce by Anna Pasternak

4 STARS

Discovering the novel Daisy Dooley Does Divorce by Anna Pasternak has been the biggest joy I’ve had in reading all year and I read it in February!

Her honesty as a writer, the depth of her characters and her fantastic wit has quickly made her a new favourite author and any woman who enjoys chick/wit lit or romance and relationships between women will undoubtedly love this book!

Daisy Dooley Does Divorce is a humourous and heartfelt romp through 39 year old Brit, Daisy Dooley’s divorce and her consequent quest to understand men, relationships, and most importantly herself and the decisions she makes. It’s a Bridget Jones’s Diary for divorcees and an easy, charming and highly enjoyable read. Fans of Sex and The City will also laugh out loud at this funny, often thought-provokingly poignant story and Daisy’s penchant for spiritual/self-help books makes her a kindred spirit.

You will love this heartwarming, easy-to-read-in-a-few-sittings book about friendship and daring to realize one’s dreams, even if you’re not divorced or have never been married. Anyone who has been disappointed at some point in her life by love will find so much in common with delightful Daisy. She’s full of spirit, sass and sensitivity and if she were a real person I would want to be her friend.

This particular nugget of wisdom struck me…

“It was true – my heart was like Miles’s shelves, gnawed and splintered with emotional woodworm. I read on: “The difference between a little life and a big life is trust. Trust is the midwife of a big life. People only choose little lives because they don’t trust and they want to control.” That’s the most difficult thing in life, I thought, getting the balance right between not giving up on your dreams and yet having enough faith in their fruition to let them go.”

You can stay in touch with London Daily Mail columnist and author Anna Pasternak on MySpace and on Facebook.

Anna Pasternak Speaking at Henley Literary Festival in September!

The lovely Anna Pasternak, author of Daisy Dooley Does Divorce, would like you to know that she will be speaking at the Henley Literary Festival on Saturday, September 20th, 2008 at 4:00 pm. If you would like to see (and possibly meet) Anna in person and you live in the UK near London, this is your chance! All information about the Henley Literary Festival can be found at this link:

http://www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk/

32 – Anna Pasternak and Marius Brill – Battle of the Sexes – £5
16.00
Phyllis Court

Journalists Anna Pasternak and Marius Brill took Fielding’s Jones (Bridget not Tom) model into the 21st century, but in opposite directions. One laughed with her, the other at her.  Pasternak’s Daisy Dooley Does Divorce was described as “frequently hilarious and sharply, wittily written” by the Daily Mail. Brill’s Making Love, a Conspiracy of the Heart inspired this warning from Time Out: “Women who snort when they laugh and men prone to getting erections in public should read this at home.” Now the two authors go head to head to defend their comic visions and give insights into what makes us laugh.

http://www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk/programme2.html#pasternak