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Bodice Rippers & Erotica Book Reviews: Maggie Alderson


How To Break Your Own Heart
Cents and Sensibility
Mad About the Boy
Pants on Fire
Shoe Money

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Read by Tracy & Natalie March 2010

This was a pick for OurBookClub and it was a very light easy read, no difficult characters or a plot to contend with. This book follows the tried and tested formula of Chick Lit (or as OurBookClub has named it Bodice Rippers). A beautiful woman (Amelia) is married to a handsome but very strange man (Ed) who has some weird connection with a stuffed elephant (Mr Bun). Things do not go according to plan for Amelia when Ed will not change, so she meets another handsome man (Joseph) - do you start to get the picture! For me, the best character was Hermione with her down to earth advice, which Amelia tended to ignore as she constantly relied on advice from her strange gaggle of friends who themselves wouldn't know reality if they fell over it. The rest of the characters could be annoying with no explanation why. It is a good book if you want to turn your brain off.

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Read by Tracy

Tracy recommends as a formulaic read

Stella Fair is a reporter for a London newspaper (already notice the usual Maggie Alderson chick lit formula?) where she is an expert on luxury elite brands. She is dating Jay Fisher who unbeknownst to her is an heir of an American banking group (wish that would happen to me), however, her father dislikes both Jay and his family and wants Stella to stop dating him (even though she is old enough to lead her own life - come on!). There is the usual work problems and some romantic tensions with a colleague and stepbrother which finally start to make Stella realise that money makes the world go round, but love is a whole different ballgame.

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Read by Tracy

Tracy recommends as a light easy read

Antonia Heaveringham's husband, the aristocratic Hugh, announces that he is gay and leaving her to move in with his hairdresser boyfriend. Antonia is all of a sudden snubbed by the high society circles that they were feted in, once she moved to her adopted city of Sydney. Antonia, however, does not lie down and accept anonymity, instead she starts an antiques business and also joins the local gym to tone up after her post separation binge eating - where she meets James - the rest is history, as they say in the chick lit genre.

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Read by Tracy

Tracy recommends as a funny light hearted read

Georgie Abbott is a magazine editor who relocates from London to Sydney to work at Glow Magazine. In London she leaves behind her philandering ex-fiancÚ and sets out to make a new life. She is quickly absorbed into the whirlwind A-list party circuit but secretly hopes to meet, fall in love and marry a typical Australian (or her idea of an akubra wearing Aussie bloke), however, she seems to only attract gay, married, unfaithful men, but are they all like that? Or is the "one" hiding under her nose all the time?

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Read by Tracy

Tracy recommends a good book for by the pool/beach

I enjoyed this book - it makes fun of the fashion industry which lets be honest is sometimes a very strange place when you think about it. If you are looking for an indepth expose however, this isn't it, but it is funny and easy to read.

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