Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Keep Calm and Carry a Big Drink - Review & Giveaway

Review by Marlene Engel

Best friends, Mel, Nic and Seema know that they will always be there for one another.  But as Nic and Seema settle down and start having families of their own, Mel begins to question her future.  Recently single and on the verge of potentially being laid off, Mel wants what her friends have.  Nic is married with a new baby, Seema is a newlywed and Mel … well, she’s having sex with Seema’s brother, Jay.  Not quite sure what to think about that situation, Mel figures that she’ll just go with the flow and see where it takes her.  After all, she has had a crush on Jay for practically half of her life. 

But when Mel decides to fly halfway across the world to be with Jay in Paris, she starts to wonder if she’s making the right decision.  It seems everywhere they go, they bump into a woman from Jay’s past.  Some happy to see Jay and some … well, not so much!  Mel starts to think that she’ll end up being just another number on Jay’s speed dial.  More confused than ever, Mel knows that she needs to get out of Paris but isn’t quite sure if she wants to go back home yet.  Take a trip with Mel as she tries to figure out what she wants out of life and possibly find someone to share it with.

The thing I love the most about reading Kim Gruenenfelder’s books is that they never disappoint in the area of humor.  My favorite type of book is one that has me laughing out loud and keeps my interest from the first page to the last.  This book did just that.  The author has a way of taking a fun story and brilliantly swirling in humor in just the right spots.  She also has a way of making the characters feel so real.  Mel, Nic and Seema have such a bond, that you wish you could be the fourth best friend in their group.  I can’t praise the author enough for her amazing writing style and her ability to draw me in and keep my attention throughout the book.  Once again, the author writes a book worthy of five stars and one that I would definitely recommend to others!

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Kim Gruenenfelder lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son, and continues to avoid anything even remotely resembling a real job. Her acclaimed debut novel, A Total Waste of Makeup, has been published in six languages and eight international editions to date. In addition to her three published novels, A Total Waste of Makeup, Misery Loves Cabernet and There’s Cake In My Future, she has written feature films, episodic teleplays and two stage plays. Her next novel, Keep Calm and Carry a Big Drink, the sequel to “Cake,” is slated for a Dec. 24, 2013 release date.

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St. Martin’s Press has generously offered to giveaway two print copies of Keep Calm and Carry a Big Drink to two lucky U.S residents.  You can also go to our sister blog, Chick Lit Central, to check out their interview with Kim Gruenenfelder and enter to win one of two print copies there too (courtesy of St. Martin's Press)!

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