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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Book Review New Uses for Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick

It's summer, which means I can stay up late reading again!  Usually I have a long list of books to read, but this summer I've just been browsing the new books at the library.  The cover of New Uses for Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick caught my eye, and the back cover looked good, so I took a chance.  I'm so glad I did because this was a great read.

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Lila Alders grew up in a well-off home in Black Dog Bay.  When she moved to the city to get married and pursue her dream of being on television, she got a job on a late-night show selling clothes and other items to those who called in.  

But then her world is upended when her husband divorces her and she must return home to her newly widowed mother in Black Dog Bay.  When her father died, his money was all but gone, leaving only a spectacular house that her mother had decorated herself.  Her mother is in denial about not having any money, so she's still spending money like they have an unlimited supply.

When Lila returns home, she meets her high school boyfriend, and everyone expects them to get back together.  She also meets Malcolm, who she went on one date with...a date that she can't even remember!

Lila knows that she can't save her mother's house unless she comes up with an amazing plan.  She takes a big risk and opens a vintage clothing boutique in the city.  While she is buy finding a new purpose for outdated clothing, she finds a new purpose for herself.  And new uses for old boyfriends.  

Lila's been gone for 10 years.  The town has changed, and so has she.  Lila's always had someone to save her, but now she needs to save herself and her mother.  Can she do it?

This was a really cute, light novel.  Perfect for late night reading or beach reading.  It was well written, and the author has a great voice.  I'll definitely be looking for her other books this summer.  Look for New Uses for Old Boyfriends on Barnes & Noble or Amazon