Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds
This story takes place in Pebble Beach, California. Grace Cavanaugh has come for the summer to take care of her great aunt. As she takes care of Sophia, she’ll also be working on her dissertation. Sophia was what used to be called a “B” actress. If you follow this link, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B_movie, it will give you the definition of what a “B” movie and a “B” actor is.
With Grace going after her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies, I’m a little surprised at how she feels about herself. Her time with her aunt is starting off with a real bang – she meets her aunt’s personal assistant. Darlene has quite the personality. You will have to read in order to understand.
As Darlene takes Grace, and her friend Cat, up to see her aunt they meet Declan O’Brien. He’s Sophia’s financial advisor and “friend”. When they finally meet the aunt, two words come to mind – “hot ticket”. Their first “debate” is both intellectual and funny. Sophia shoots straight from the hip and takes no prisoners. She says what she feels no matter who gets hurt.
You will find that Lisa uses some big words with Grace’s character. If you don’t know what they mean, just keep a dictionary handy. Don’t let them put you off – they show you how intelligent Grace is. Declan is a plain spoken man but it will be interesting to watch his interactions with Grace.
Great aunt and niece make a bet and this is where the fun begins. Now make sure that you don’t miss a page otherwise you may miss something good. Lisa also has you chuckling especially when we see Grace hide some food. We also get to see some of Grace’s research. She could just make note of it in the story and move on but she gives the reader actual snippets of Grace’s research notes.
Lisa has made Declan a man who is full of himself. He seems to be someone that most women would stay away from – if you’re looking for a lasting relationship. He and Grace have a love/hate relationship. We’ll have to continue reading to find out who teaches who a lesson. This is what makes it tough to put this book down.
Lisa takes on a very hard subject in her book – women and their weight. Women just have so many issues and I was brought up in the age where there were two things about women that were off limits – a woman’s age and her weight. Lisa doesn’t get preachy but does show how family can be when one of their women is just a little too curvy.
If you have never read any of Lisa’s work, this is a great piece to cut your teeth on. You can also check out her web site, http://lisacach.com/, and see what else she has available. I’m looking forward to reading more of her work.
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