Book Review: The One That I Want

Elise’s Review of The One That I Want by Allison Winn Scotch

Tilly Farmer thinks she has the perfect life. She is married, has a great job, and is trying for a baby. She is blissfully happy, or so she thinks. But, when she is given the chance to look into her future she suddenly realizes that her life might not end up turning out the way she has always planned. Tilly is left to discover the true meaning of happiness, and ends up learning that “Happiness is what you choose, what you follow, not what follows you.”

Throughout the story Tilly uncovers secrets about her husband, her family, and her friends and learns that she doesn’t know anyone as well as she thinks she does. While Tilly isn’t always a likable protagonist, she evolves throughout the novel and gains clarity about herself and others that helps mold her into a stronger, and more admirable woman. Scotch carefully depicts the excitement, frustration, and despair that Tilly experiences as she uncovers the true colors of herself and those around her.

Allison Winn Scotch has contributed freelance articles to many magazines, including InStyle, Glamour, Self, Shape, Parents, and American Baby, and is also the author of The Department of Lost and Found and Time of My Life: A Novel. For more information about the author and her books, you can visit her website http://www.allisonwinn.com or follow her on Twitter http://twitter.com/aswinn. To learn more about other books published by Random House, you can visit http://www.randomhouse.com.  
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Book Review: Good Enough To Eat

Elise’s Review of Good Enough to Eat by Stacey Ballis

Is it possible to make food that tastes amazing and is also good for you? Melanie Hoffman, the protagonist of Good Enough to Eat, thinks it is, and she lost 145 pounds by learning how to make and eat healthy and delicious food. Unfortunately, while she was busy losing weight and starting a healthy-food café, her husband of nine years decided to leave her for her overweight girlfriend. Distraught and betrayed, Melanie makes some major life changes, gets a new roommate, and learns a little bit about herself in the process.

Good Enough to Eat is a story about friendship, family, understanding love, difficult choices, and, of course, food. Stacey Ballis starts each chapter with a memory or story about food that was important in Melanie’s life and ties it in throughout the chapter. She even includes her healthy and not-so-healthy recipes at the end of the book. This book is an enjoyable, quick read for anyone who likes to cook (or wants to learn) or anyone who just loves food. By the end of the book, you’ll want to head right over to your kitchen and make some of Susan’s Banana Cake with Chocolate Frosting or some decadent mashed potatoes. 

Stacey Ballis is also the author of Inappropriate Men, Sleeping Over, Room for Improvement, and Spinster Sisters. For more information about Stacey or Good Enough to Eat you can visit her website at http://www.staceyballis.com, visit her blog at http://www.thepolymathchronicles.blogspot.com, or follow her on Twitter (@staceyballis). 

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Book Review - Time of My Life: A Novel

Elise’s Review of Time of My Life: A Novel by Allison Winn Scotch

We all take certain paths in life and occasionally look back and wonder…what if I had taken the other path? In Allison Winn Scotch’s Time of My Life: A Novel (a New York Times bestseller!!) we see firsthand what happens when Jillian Westfield is given the opportunity to escape her “boring” life as a suburban wife and mother and find out what might have happened if she had chosen to take a different, maybe more exciting, path.

Jillian is transported (via massage table) into the past to a time before she met her husband when she was dating the exciting Jackson and working as an advertising executive in Manhattan. As a suburban mom Jillian idealized this time in her life, and relishes the chance to relive it again and maybe even change her future. Jillian is faced with old (and new) choices as she navigates her past and is given the chance to really see what might have happened had she never married Henry or given birth to the lovable Katie.

This book is for anyone, in any stage of life, who has ever wanted a “do over.” Scotch carefully depicts the excitement, anxiety, and agony that Jillian experiences as she relives her past decisions. She creates a lovable, yet conflicted, character that you can root for. Jillian’s journey isn’t an easy one, and Scotch guides readers through an emotional and poignant roller coaster ride. 

Allison Winn Scotch has contributed freelance articles to many magazines, including InStyle, Glamour, Self, Shape, Parents, and American Baby, and is also the author of The Department of Lost & Found  and The One That I Want. For more information about the author or Time of My Life you can visit the book’s website or the author’s blog or follow her on Twitter. To learn more about other books published by Random House you can visit their website.
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Book Review: Feng Shui Love

Elise’s Review of Feng Shui Love by Joni Davis and Lisa Hyatt

Joni Davis and Lisa Hyatt make a fresh contribution to the Chick Lit genre with their first novel Feng Shui Love. Published in November 2009 by Palari Publishing, the book follows Lily Chamberlayne as she attempts to pick up the pieces of her life after she discovers (on her second honeymoon) that her seemingly “perfect” husband is having an affair with his assistant. Luckily, for Lily, her eccentric mother Lauraine introduces her to the principles of Feng Shui and helps on the road to recovery of her love life.

After Lily discovers her husband’s affair, she relocates from Washington, D.C. to New York City to reconnect with her best friend, Brooke Bellevue. Together Lily and Brooke attempt to navigate the New York “single’s scene,” with limited success. Lily also meets up with an old high school friend, Will, who has always had a little crush on her. When Lauraine comes to visit the girls in New York City she realizes why they aren’t having any success in the dating world, and gets to work (with the help of Justin, a Feng Shui expert) ridding Brooke’s apartment of negative love energy from failed relationships. With their house in order, love and prosperity begin to find both Brooke and Lily…with a few snags along the way.

Davis and Hyatt create a fast-paced story with non-stop twists and turns. You are definitely in for several surprises as you make your way through this novel! And, as with many chick lit stories, this novel is written from the perspective of the protagonist so we are surprised right along with her as the story unfolds.

If you don’t believe in Feng Shui love, you might just change your mind after reading this book. Davis and Hyatt definitely will have you believing that you need a love rock and your own Feng Shui expert before you finish the last page. Feng Shui Love Child, a sequel to Feng Shui Love, is already in development by the authors.    

For more information about Feng Shui Love and its authors you can visit the book’s website at http://www.fengshuilove.com/. You can also follow the book on Twitter and Facebook and check out the book’s blog. Feng Shui Love can be purchased at all major bookstores or online by visiting What We're Reading. To learn more about other books published by Palari Publishing you can visit http://www.palaribooks.com/.
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