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The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews – This book was recommended by someone who participated in the meme a few weeks ago. I can’t remember where I saw it. I was in the mood for something lighter than what I had been reading and this was perfect. Dempsey Killebrew is a lobbyist in DC who is involved in a scandal that gets her fired. Her father has inherited an old house in Georgia and he sends Dempsey there to fix it up to sell while she is out of work. The house is in worse shape than expected, there is a cranky old squatter and her dog, and the FBI is following her.
The Wedding by Danielle Steele – An entertainment lawyer spends her days and nights babysitting the stars she represents. When she leaves a dead end relationship and finds herself rapidly planning to get married, events in the lives of her clients and her immediate family threaten to derail her plans. This book isn’t one of the author’s best but it isn’t as offensive as the last one I read, BIG GIRL.
Tara Road by Maeve Binchy – This may be a reread because I refuse to accept that I missed any of her books but it didn’t seem familiar. The jackets says that Ria and Marilyn exchange houses when they are both having problems with their marriage. Knowing that I kept waiting for it to happen. But the first part of the story is all about Ria’s perfect life. If I didn’t know that I always like Maeve Binchy’s books I probably would have stopped reading. Maybe that’s what happened before. I was screaming, “Get to the point!!!” by page 177 when she found out about her husband’s affair. After that it was good.
The Batboy by Mike Lupica – I like Mike Lupica’s novels so I didn’t hesitate to read this one even though I can’t stand baseball. I wasn’t disappointed. Brian Dudley is 14 and just got his dream job as a batboy for the Tigers. His father is an ex-Major League pitcher who walked out on his family when his career was over. Brian loves baseball especially Hank Bishop, even though Bishop was banned for a year over a steroid scandal. When the Tigers pick up Bishop mid-season Brian is thrilled to meet his idol but learns that you might not like getting what you wish for. This is a YA novel so it was a fast read but very good. Even if you don’t love baseball the characters are worth the read.
http://www.amazon.com/Men-Didnt-Marry-Novel/dp/0345491181/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1279379094&sr=8-1 by Janice Kaplan and Lynn Schnurnberger – When her husband announces he’s leaving as they are dropping their youngest child at Yale, the heroine starts on a quest to reconnect with the ex-boyfriends she had. Her ex-boyfriends are a billionaire, a guru, an underwater photographer who shoots with Angelina Jolie, and a politician. My ex-boyfriends are slackers compared to that list. I should have done a better job of picking them out!