Monday, October 22, 2012

#BookReview: How Not To Shop - Carmen Reid

Annie Valentine is back!  Though she's been at The Store for nine years, and enjoyed almost every minute of her time there, she's finally ready to move on to bigger and better things.  But true to life, the grass always looks greener on the other side.  In this instance, the other side is the world of reality TV.

Teaming up once again with her Ukrainian friend, Svetlana, who has perfected the art of  marrying well, Annie finds herself working on a low budget makeover show.  Unfortunately for her, she's also working with Miss Marlise, a former contest from hell from the popular TV show, The Apprentice.  That grass she thought was so green, not so much now.

On the home front, life with Ed is still good.  Her mom, however, is showing early signs of dementia and has moved in with the family against her will.  Owen insists on adopting a dog that sounds like he could give the ugliest dog in the world a run for his money for the title.  And Lana is in love.

I love the Annie Valentine series because Carmen Reid doesn't give us a perfect character with her.  Annie makes mistakes, both personal and professional, and sometimes she bounces back from them, other times she's doesn't.  Her life isn't the perfect story book tale we normally see in chick lit and I love that about her.

Published: August 2009

Theme: Grazing in the Grass by Friends of Distinction

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