Category Archives: Chick Lit

Where is Emma Butler’s Life Plan? by Julia Wilmot

Reviewed by Lisa Gilbert-Brown

Where is Emma Butler's Life PlanA sublimely witty and thoroughly entertaining read, Where is Emma Butler’s Life Plan? authored by Julia Wilmot,entrances Chick Lit readers from page to page, with its successful combination of humor, spirituality, and the pursuit of happiness and fulfillment by contemporary woman Emma Butler.

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A light hearted, but provocative read, this intriguing narrative stars main character Emma Butler, she’s single, youthful, intelligent, attractive and gainfully employed, but she begins to realize that she is worthy of something more rewarding career-wise, and with no man in her life her biological clock is ticking away as well. Somewhat complacent with her life, and not quite ready to make any big moves to change her life, Emma’s life stays somewhat stagnant.

Italian for Beginners by Kristin Harmel

italianReviewed by Kathleen Josephson

Italian For Beginners by Kristin Harmel is a perfect example of the Chick Lit genre. It has a woman of thirty-five who is in the process of finding herself. After being embarrassed at her younger sister’s wedding because she doesn’t have a steady man in her life, Cat meets a man who appeals to her. They have one wonderful evening together until mention was made of his Mother-in-law and his daughter. Without giving him a chance to explain, she goes off on a trip to Italy in search of a man she had met there when she was seventeen.

This doesn’t work out but she spends an exciting month getting to know Rome, taking pictures of all the famous spots and even getting to meet her aunt. This helped resolve some issues that she had with her now deceased mother who had left her husband and children when Cat was twelve.

The trip to Rome was life changing when Cat decided to take a few risks. Of course the story came to a happy conclusion as these types of stories usually do.

I would recommend this book to all those who enjoy a light fluffy story. It had just enough depth to keep it from being boring and a few tender moments which almost brought a lump to my throat and a tear to my eyes.

Aging with Grace by Greg Liberman

graceReviewed by Julie Moderson

I think this is Greg Liberman’s firstnovel and he is off and running with Aging with Grace. In reading this book, you just don’t like Grace. She is a petty, conceited, angry woman who thinks she deserves to have a more exciting life. Grace has found herself middle aged and married for 40 years to a man that can do nothing to please her. Her husband, Jim, tries to make her happy but whatever he does just makes her angrier. Her friends really aren’t her friends because she just gossips about the others when she is with someone else. She hates her body because it is aging and she has a few wrinkles and a few extra pounds that she never had before. She shops to spend money as if it would make her happier but it doesn’t. Grace is in a constant battle with her teenage daughter who doesn’t respect Grace and calls her fat, which adds to her insecurities.

Grace and Jim are going to a party to find out about Jim getting a promotion. He doesn’t get the promotion, so he goes into his own midlife crisis. Grace hooks up with an old girl friend, April, on the Internet who hasn’t talked to her in many years because Jim didn’t like her. April introduces Grace to life in the fast track and she meets celebrities, gets designer clothes and is introduced to Victor a dangerous Hollywood powerhouse. She lies to Jim and meets Victor in Malibu to find a closet full of beautiful designer clothes and he pays for her to have the plastic surgery that Grace feels she deserves. She finds out just how dangerous Victor can be but will she really be safe. I won’t spoil the ending but it is shocking and a very good read.