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If you don’t understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child.  ~Linda Sunshine


True , isn’t it. This is exactly how Courtney feels for her two elder sisters. Norah and Raine  are her older sisters who don’t see each other eye to eye . It been six years since they even saw each other. Now , when Courtney’s longtime boyfriend Lucas proposes to her , she feels the need to have the Cassel family rounded up for her engagement party.She wants to share her joy with her entire family including the prodigal daughter Raine who ruined Norah’s wedding , created a scene and made a decision that changed Courtney’s life for ever. Having them both together  under one roof will be a Herculean task but Courtney knows if she doesn’t try may be they will always be the dysfunctional family she has known all her life. Also may be she needs to get answers for a few questions of her own..

Being the youngest Courtney,  idolizes one ,while she respects the other but she knows bringing them together  is calling for a disaster. Also while taking this step ,she will let open a door to past that has the chance of sucking in her  entire present and wonderful future she has dreamt with Luke into a black hole. Is she ready for it ?

I loved the story. When I say I loved it . I mean it was absolutely great , wonderful, witty , charming , funny , frustratingly  unputdownable (is that a word ? ). Every one of has a known a Norah in our lives , obsessive , bossy , ‘I am always right’ kind,who is caring enough but makes sure you know that she is the one in charge. I can’t say we all would have a Raine among us because she was something different. She kept me guessing all through the book. She is the spontaneous kind.

Courtney’s the best written character in the book , she is an artist , a cello player with a great life and a  wonderful fiancé , but when she decides to invite her sister Raine , her  life starts to crumple in front of her  and if she doesn’t stand up for what she feels is right , she might lose more than she imagined . Megan Crane has written her so well that she comes out completely genuine even with  all her faults and silly mistakes she does along the way.

A book that needs to be read by all those who have a sister just to go back to that phase when you absolutely loathed each other and also by those who don’t have a sister , so that you know how it feels to have one 🙂

Highly Recommended

My Rating 5 out of 5

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A Fancy Affair Bridal Salon

Forest Hills, Queens

“Did you know that one of your hips is higher than the other?” the seamstress asked me in a totally conversational tone.

“I didn’t,” I said. “I never knew that. But I’m glad you told me.”

The seamstress had the decency to look embarrassed. She ducked her head back down and continued pinning.Perhaps that had been the reason why Blind Dates One, Two and Three hadn’t been interested. It wasn’t the smoking, after all. It was my Hip Issue. And just my luck that Blind Date #4 was with a doctor, whose business it was to notice such deformities.

See Jane Date will speak to singles everywhere. At once warm and witty, this look into the life of 28-year-old assistant editor Jane Gregg, screams, “You are not alone!”

Case in point: See Jane . . .

– Endure two months of bridesmaid hell for her younger cousin’s wedding

– Brilliantly dodge being fixed up with Grammy’s next-door neighbor by fibbing that she, um, already has a boyfriend

– Date . . . like crazy to find one suitable guy to bring to said wedding

Okay, find one suitable guy to love. Was that so much to ask?

 

Review:

If a book can cheer you up and make you laugh and feel good at the end , it was totally worth the time you spent reading it . I loved the book from page 1. I was still laughing when I started this review 🙂

Jane is an assistant editor at Posh trying to make her way towards Associate Editor and in desperate need of a boyfriend because her YOUNGER cousin Dana is getting married and she doesn’t want to be pitied by her family and mocked at by Dana for attending the ceremony without a date.

To make the matters worse her school mate  Natasha (whom she absolutely hates ) is back in her life and Jane has been entrusted the job of editing the memoir that Natasha is writing , a tell-all about her affair with a hot shot movie star. She cannot let Natasha know how pathetic her life is and that she is just an Assistant Editor . But she can do something ? Yes ,of course. She can find a guy , make him her boyfriend and take him to the wedding. Seems easy huh? To do that, she has to date guys and survive the dates. So she dates and she dates and dates big time!!!

From one guy to another , while juggling her work pressures (read Natasha’s memoir ‘not yet started dont know when she will finish the first chapter memior’  ) and being there at her cousin’s pre-wedding events (which seem to be never ending) Jane does it all.To tell u the truth, I didn’t like Jane in the beginning. Not the typical chick lit heroine u connect to instantly or even think about fondly. She was cold, non self assured , distant but as the book progressed and I saw her emerge from her hilarious date sequences and got to know her better I started liking her and pitying her too.

Melissa Senate  brings out humour so well that I was really having a hard time keeping a straight face while reading it. A great take on the social life of a working woman and also today’s dating scene.

Give this book a try. It might surprise you. It surprised me:)