Book Review: Nancy's Theory of Style

Nancy’s Review of Nancy’s Theory of Style by Grace Coopersmith (Marta Acosta)

Nancy Carrington-Chambers is a socialite who moves to her own apartment in San Francisco after separating from her husband, Todd. She dives into her event planning business, Froth, and hires a British assistant named Derek Cathcart. Nancy is attracted to him but assumes that he is gay. She tries to sort out her feelings for Derek and the details of her impending divorce but must confront an even more important situation when her cousin, Birdie, leaves her daughter, Eugenia, with Nancy indefinitely. Nancy, Derek, and Eugenia soon become an unconventional family. Will Nancy be able to leave her new family behind for her old socialite lifestyle? Is Derek really who he says he is? Nancy’s usual controlling attitude must take a back seat when she realizes that there are so many things in her life that she cannot control.

Nancy's Theory of Style is a good effort from Grace Coopersmith, who also writes the Casa Dracula series under her real name, Marta Acosta. However, the characters in this book were difficult to relate to. Nancy is very snobby throughout the book. Coopersmith likely wrote Nancy’s character this way on purpose since she is supposed to be a stuck up socialite. However, her attitude does not transform enough during the course of the book. Without giving too much away, it should also be noted that Derek’s dialogue and tone can be very frustrating to read. Coopersmith does have a purpose for writing Derek’s dialogue this way but it distracts from the story. The relationship between Derek and Nancy is lacking as well. More of a connection between them and further development of their friendship would have been ideal. Coopersmith does have a knack for detail, revealing engaging information about design, architecture, and fashion.

Acosta says she uses a pen name to write romantic comedy "because Grace Coopersmith is always elegant and tasteful, and she never leaves her clothes in a pile on a chair or sings to her dogs. Despite Grace's annoying superiority, she is hilarious and always shows up with a good bottle of wine." To read an interview with Coopersmith, you can go here. You can also learn more about her at, read her blog at, or follow her on Twitter. The books in the Casa Dracula series include Happy Hour at Casa Dracula, Midnight Brunch at Casa Dracula, The Bride of Casa Dracula, and Haunted Honeymoon.
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