Christmas at Tiffany’s by Karen Swan

21920687Cassie thought she had her life all figured out. She married her first love ten years ago, ruled the estate for him, kept his life in perfect order. On the night of her ten year wedding anniversary she suddenly learns that her life has been a lie. Her husband has a second family and she has been in the dark about it for years. Her best friends swoop in and make her an offer to help get her life back in order. She will spend 4 months with each friend, living like they do in New York, Paris, and London-experimenting with jobs, lifestyles, and whatever else comes along. At the end of the year she will decide what she wants to do with her life now that she’s starting over.

This novel is a great option for anyone who has ever been faced with the possibility that they will need to “start over” in life, or anyone who has been betrayed in love. The characters are rich and deep, the main character is very lovable, and there is something for everyone-fashion, cultural differences, lifestyle extremes, sexy men, new friendships and new dreams. If you are looking for your next “chick-lit” book, you will want to grab Christmas at Tiffany’s.

Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie

Emma Tupper is a lawyer with plans to make partner at her prestigious law firm. When her mother passes away and leaves her with an all-expenses paid trip to Africa in her will, asking her to experience it in her absence, Emma has a hard time resisting the trip. But things do not go according to her mother’s plan. Emma becomes ill, then gets trapped in the middle of nowhere in Africa after an earthquake hits. She is gone from home for 6 months before she finally makes it back into “civilization”.

Emma is surprised to find that everything is NOT as she left it when she returns home. Her apartment has been leased to someone else, her possessions disposed of, and her boyfriend has already moved on-with the last person she ever would have expected. She is forced to start her career over again. Everyone seems to expect her to do something drastic and extreme, after having a major life event change everything for her. But Emma just wants to go back to the way things were-with the exception of inviting handsome, newly single photographer Dominic into her life.

Can Emma go back to they way things were? Does she really want to go back? What would YOU change, if you lost everything and had to start over?

Forgotten, by Catherine McKenzie, is a novel about deciding what you value most in life, and bravely moving forward when you have been knocked down by life and have to put pieces back together that no longer fit like they should. If you like this novel, be sure to pick up Arranged, by the same author, which is about a woman who decides to use an arranged marriage service to find a husband (and everything goes terribly wrong).

Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Married by Heather McElhatton

Jennifer Johnson finally walked down the aisle with the man of her dreams. He’s handsome and wealthy, a real catch. Her mother in law is so “supportive” she bought the newlyweds a gaudy brand-new house right next to hers, and even hired Jennifer a housekeeper. She has a company credit card to spend money on important things like designer clothes, spa days and country club lunches. Anything she could possibly desire is at her fingertips…Right?

So why is Jennifer feeling so unhappy? Everyone seems to want her to be someone she isn’t, and it seems her mother-in-law is sabotaging her every move (but she can’t prove it!). The church ladies seem to find her detestable and the country club ladies treat her like she’s a joke. Her new in-laws don’t seem all too impressed by Jennifer OR her husband, and her husband has stopped coming home AT ALL sometimes. Alone in her giant gaudy house with her three-legged rescue dog, very rude talking refrigerator, and a family of immigrants, Jennifer is starting to feel like marriage isn’t all that it was cracked up to be, back when she was a single gal.

But Jennifer won’t go down easy. She’s a fighter. She will find a way to “beat” it all, and in a climax that you would have to read yourself to believe.

This novel is quite possibly the most hilarious chicklit I have ever read. I laughed until I cried. Over and over again! If you like chicklit, you will LOVE Heather McElhatton, who wrote a novel before this one entitled Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Single, and also a novel called Pretty Little Mistakes, and who has mastered chicklit comedy better than anyone in the genre. If you like pretty much ANY Chicklit, or if you like humorous female heroines like you would find in Janet Evanovich or Lisa Lutz novels, buy Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Married today. Satisfaction guaranteed!