Reinventing Olivia

Registered by wingHARRIETwing of Morrow, Georgia USA on 6/18/2003
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Journal Entry 1 by wingHARRIETwing from Morrow, Georgia USA on Wednesday, June 18, 2003
Reinventing Olivia
Nancy Robards Thompson
Five Star, Aug 2003, $26.95
ISBN: 0786255366

Six months ago, her live-in boyfriend Rich left for employment in France after spending three years together. Orlando Daily restaurant critic Karen Denton looks forward to seeing him as she flies to France tomorrow, expecting to become engaged. However, late that night, Rich calls to inform Karen that he married a French fille.

His desertion enforces Karen’s belief that loved ones leave as her dad left when she was a child, her mom died, and now Rich. She leaves the house she lived in with Rich to move into the apartment of a gay person she recently met through a mutual friend. Karen also finds herself attracted to “Mr. Matchbox” who she met in her bon voyage stop at a bar just before Rich dropped his bombshell. Hunter, as he is called, desires Karen too, but she knows loved ones leave so fears the forging of a real relationship.

Though reinvention seems out of place with President Bush in the White House instead of Mr. Gore, readers will enjoy this chick lit tale. Karen’s self-deprecations can become irritating yet the audience will feel she is one of us sisters. The support cast is a delightful crew from Juan who looks forward to sharing tales about beastly males to her best friend to Hunter the hunk. Nancy Robards Thompson provides an amusing contemporary story that the sub-genre will appreciate because of its That’s Life philosophy of “I'm gonna change that tune when I'm back on top ...”

Harriet Klausner

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