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Easily Amused [Kindle Edition]

Karen McQuestion
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When twenty-nine-year-old Lola Watson unexpectedly inherits a rambling house in the suburbs, she thinks it just may be the cherry on a banner year. After all, she’s happily single, with fabulous friends and her dream job working at a popular magazine. Life is perfect—until her new neighbors make her their new “project,” a heartbroken high school friend crashes indefinitely at her house, and her younger sister announces she’s getting married…on Lola’s thirtieth birthday. Suddenly Lola’s not so keen on her newfound domestic bliss. But when she meets handsome, mysterious Ryan Moriarty, Lola dares to hope she’s found the perfect guy to one-up her sister and add a little spice back into her life. This light-hearted romantic comedy from Karen McQuestion is headlined by a charming cast of characters, led by the self-deprecatingly funny Lola. Breezy and fun, Easily Amused serves as a gentle, often amusing reminder that love can often be found in the place we least expect—under our very noses.

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Five Questions for Karen McQuestion

Question: How would you describe your life in eight words?

Karen McQuestion: Unpredictable, ever changing, a little messy, always interesting.

Question: With whom in history do you most identify?

Karen McQuestion: Louisa May Alcott, because both of us are writers and the second of four daughters.

Question: What are your most overused words or phrases?

Karen McQuestion: In my writing: seem, look, nodded. In real life: "Do you know what I mean?"

Question: What three personal qualities are most important to you?

Karen McQuestion: Sense of humor, compassion, intelligence.

Question: What are your five favorite books of all time?

Karen McQuestion: Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler, A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle, and Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris.

(Republished with permission from TheDiviningWand blog.)

About the Author

Karen McQuestion has written fiction for years, but it wasn’t until she self-published her novel on Kindle that she found her readers. Her amazing success in this endeavor has earned a movie option and publishing deal for her first novel, A Scattered Life. She lives in Hartland, Wisconsin, with her husband and their three children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 394 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935597264
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (September 21, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003X28734
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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114 of 124 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All the Right Elements, but Never Comes Together January 8, 2010
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"Easily Amused" has all the basic ingredeints of a good chick lit/light romance hybrid: the likeable single woman who's ready to meet someone special; two men (sortof) vying for her affection; a caring best friend; some nosey neighbors; and a troublemaking little sister. The writing is also smooth and engaging, and there are some good lines, although I'm not in agreement with those who thought this book was uproarious. It's cute, but some of the humor is cliched, and it's more subtle than hysterical.

The problem for me was poor plotting. The first third of the book meanders from scene to scene, with no clear sense of the actual story. It's fun at first--the excerpt does leave one wanting more. But after several more pages, I couldn't help but think: "Is there a point to any of this?" We meet Lola (yes, the requisite Barry Manilow reference does happen), who has an interesting sounding job and annoying co-workers, but that part of the story goes nowhere. Then we have her best female friend, Piper, who's annoying Lola with her obsession with her baby boy, but that never really goes anywhere, either. Finally, we have Hubert, her best male friend, who's devastated over being dumped by his hateful sounding girlfriend, Kelly. He's mopey and pathetic in the beginning, and essentially moves in with Lola. From there, the story morphs into a pseudo triangle with Ryan, Lola's mysterious neighbor, on one side, and Hubert, who shifts from heartbreak over Kelly to wanting to marry Lola in a totally unbelievable instant.

In fact, considering where the novel ends up, I don't understand why the author crafted the first part of the story the way she did.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loveable characters, fun and entertaining read November 25, 2010
By Pete
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This was my first time reading anything by Karen McQuestion and to my surprise, I loved her writing! I just bought a Kindle and was looking for books to buy when I ran across this great find. I saw that other readers had rated this book high and for a great price, this book was a steal! The characters were loveable and the book was so entertaining that I could hardly put it down. Parts of the book even made me giggle! It was a quick read which I love. I can't wait to read more of McQuestion's work. I can easily see her being one of my favorite authors.
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96 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and funny January 15, 2008
This is an engaging, inviting excerpt and a wonderful cliff-hanger. Lola is a first-rate heroine, self-deprecating and funny but grounded in real life. Her neighbors made me laugh--who hasn't suffered from being scrutinized like this?--and I loved her interactions with her friend Piper. Along the way mysteries are thrown in: why did Lola's great-aunt leave her a house? And how come Hubert visits Piper but can never make time for Lola? But the best is yet to come: tension builds as Lola arrives home to find an intruder in her house. Who can it be? This is smart, savvy writing from Karen McQuestion. I'd love to read on.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Amused January 20, 2008
This is the sort of book I would buy immediately after finding it on Amazon or at a book store. It is a style that I like anyway, but I was intrigued by what was going on with the main character and her quirky neighbors. I enjoyed the writing style, and the speaking/thinking style of the main character made her seem like someone my friends and I would hang out with. Of the other ABNA shorts I have read so far, this is the first one I am keeping in the hopes of getting to read the whole thing in the future.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't wait to finish it January 15, 2011
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I couldn't wait to be done with this book because the heroine is so awful. She is whiny, complains, makes really bad decisions, is selfish, etc. The best friend is well written and I could kind of like the hero. But this was not a fun book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really have to stop ordering these cheap books! March 8, 2011
By Cyn
Format:Kindle Edition
You get what you pay for. I have now read and hated three books priced below $3 and not one was worth the money. Here we have Lola, yet another shallow single career woman who cannot find a man but wait! He's been in her life all along! Now there's a twist the reader didn't see coming! Oh, and toss in the stock Evil Sister and Shallow Handsome Guy and Quirky But Lovable Neighbors and you have any TV sitcom you have ever watched. I agree with Twin Mom's review. Read hers for a good critique. Time for me to get back to true writers like Alison Weir and Ruth Rendell, to name just two whose writing always keeps me up late. On a kinder note, I do feel for the writer. I'm sure she cared about Lola and Hubert; she just didn't take the time to get to know them very well or to make them interesting enough for her readers. Not this reader, anyway.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Talk about a cliffhanger! January 22, 2008
We are not at all amused that the "Deeply Amused" excerpt ended where it did. I printed it out to read while waiting for a doctor's appointment and everybody in the waiting room jumped when I cried out "Oh no!" after the last paragraph. So thanks a heap, Karen McQuestion, for the owe it to me and everybody in that waiting room to get this published so we can find out what happens next.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, obnoxious June 7, 2012
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I couldn't wait for it to be over. The main character bothered me and was completely uninteresting. The story was predictable. Overall a waste of time and money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars first read of her books
Enjoyed the story and look forward to reading more. Good story line
I added her to my reading list of favorite authors
Published 6 days ago by C. Duffy
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read with subtle humor
This was an easy read with subtle humor. I strongly recommend. I liked it so much I purchased another book by McQuestion.
Published 9 days ago by Christine A. Knight
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable Romance
I chose this book knowing it was a light read and it was just that. I would recommend it for a beach read.
Published 22 days ago by Sarah Brasher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, easy read!
I loved this book, I read it in just a couple of hours and thoroughly enjoyed the characters and their relationships.
Published 23 days ago by Adrian
5.0 out of 5 stars Light Hearted, Cute
I enjoyed this book. It was an easy, fun summer read. The "one-up" sister situation was very easy to relate to. Read more
Published 1 month ago by G.Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book
It was a fun book to read. A few twists and turns...made you want to finish the book and see how it ended.
Published 1 month ago by Shirley Handelsman
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily Amused by Karen Mcquestion
Beautifully written. Storyline flowed easily. Easy to relate to the characters. Enjoyed it. Couldn't put it down. Read it in one afternoon.
Published 1 month ago by Reisman Lawn Service
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the characters!
the book was a fun, simple, and quick read. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to others who like simple stories with some quirky characters.
Published 1 month ago by DEBBIE
5.0 out of 5 stars CUTE ROMANCE
I usually don't go for cheesy novels but this one was spot on.I love the characters in this book. This story was hilarious with laugh out loud moments as well as tear jerkers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars sizzling without the sex!
I always enjoy a good love story. Love Ms Karens tongue in cheek humor & delightful characters. Goes to show good writers can draw you in without all the porn descriptions &... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Janice Hunt
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More About the Author

Karen McQuestion has written books for kids, teens, and adults, and is published in print, ebook, and audio through Amazon Publishing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Brilliance Audio. Many of her titles have spent time on the top 100 Kindle list. Her publishing story has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and the national NPR show, The Story with Dick Gordon. She has also appeared on ABC's World News Now and America This Morning. She lives with her husband and kids in Hartland, Wisconsin.

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