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Product Details

  • Series: The Lake Effect Series
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Sittin' On A Goldmine Productions LLC; 1 edition (October 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986062766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986062766
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,258,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The Hutchinson sisters grew up under the piercing, pious stare of a preacher's wife. Plagued by her ever-disappointed refrain, "Well, it's not my favorite." Their search to find their own way in the world has not been a screaming success.
   Gwenn is a good girl, a responsible girl... a miserable girl. Her steady diet of vivid fantasies is the only part of her life she enjoys. She daydreams of new parents, a more exciting job and an actual love life. She struggles to run a business as The Organizer, while she stacks relationship carcasses in the closet of her own completely unorganized life. Her only real friend is her younger sister, Rachel.
   Rachel is outgoing, risqué and happily gay. The only people who don't know this little secret are her judgmental parents, Pastor Ed and Shirley. Rachel struggles mightily to dodge her mother's constant attempts to set her up with "nice Christian boys"; while holding down a job at the bakery and keeping up with her rock-star girlfriend!
   Gwenn uncovers a photo that brings her imaginary world careening into reality. She's forced to ask herself if wealthy artist, Daniel Gregory is the answer she's been seeking or a grand delusion.
   Break-ups, meltdowns, family secrets, wild nights and finally a journey of self-discovery to exotic New Zealand keep Gwenn and Rachel stumbling toward independence.
   So grab your parka and join the Hutchinson girls, as they experience the Lake Effect in Duluth, Minnesota!

About the Author

Rue graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California with a degree in Journalism. Her intimate knowledge of the Midwestern United States, the inordinate amount of time she spent in its churches' pews and her unique parentage make her an expert on life after religion. Having moved 17 times by the time she graduated from high school Rue has seen more than her share of the Great Plains. She never stayed in one place long enough to make human friends. Her best friends were all characters from her beloved books; and the love of reading led to a lifelong passion for writing.

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Rue graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California with a degree in Journalism. Her intimate knowledge of the Midwestern United States, the inordinate amount of time she spent in its churches' pews and her unique parentage make her an expert on life after religion. Having moved 17 times by the time she graduated from high school Rue has seen more than her share of North America. She never stayed in one place long enough to make human friends. Her best friends were all characters from her beloved books; and the love of reading led to a lifelong passion for writing.

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The character development was outstanding!
Maree Bradshaw
Overall the book was good although at times a little too descriptive and that slowed things up a little for me.
Reading Renee
Looking forward to reading more of Rue's writing and more of this series!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mesa on May 31, 2014
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This was such a joy to read! I fell in love with all of the characters, even the secondary characters could have stories all their own. There was such a visual vividness that was painted with the words I felt like I could see everything that the author wanted me to see, truly inspiring and makes me want to go to the places described. I laughed, got angry, felt all the emotions that ran through the characters which is exactly what a story should do- make you feel. I can't wait for this awesome author to give us more! Thank you Rue- for taking me on an adventure :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages on August 27, 2014
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I adored It's Not My Favorite! It starts off with a bang, and I was hooked right from the very start! This book definitely pulled me in. There are several dynamics in this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed them all. Everything worked together really well and created a lasting impression long after I finished reading this one.

The characters, y'all. They are rich and detailed. I'm a huge character person, and I couldn't get enough of these characters. The development is brilliant and I felt like I got to know all of the characters. Rachel was my favorite, and I really bonded with her!

I hope that Rue writes more. I absolutely loved her writing and It's Not My Favorite. It allows you to experience the characters and story so well. This is a wonderful contemporary that you won't regret giving a chance to!

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By andrew bailor on May 7, 2014
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A Must Read book for anyone ever born that had a family.

No pressure or anything, but I am waiting on the next installment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reading Renee on June 8, 2014
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The first chapter was very steamy! Then ...it was a dream! OMG The Hutchinson sisters grew up the daughters of a preacher. I got the feeling that if one or both ever did find and marry "a good Christian boy" they would find something else to complain about. The conversations between them were the high point for me. Their mother spoke in Minnesota lingo so it was a treat.
As for the main characters Gwenn (Gwendolyn) and her sister Rachel are funny. When it comes to the sister likeness they are not it! They are opposites. Each one is just trying to find out where and what they should be doing.

Gwen is an organizer and has her own business. There are a few funny scenes between them where you find out that Gwenn is a slob. I guess she tires of cleaning other peoples clutter, so when it comes to her own, well shed just rather it sit and be clutter.

Rachel is a little bit of a rebel, she gay, her parents don't know. I don't get her thinking, but she feels like it would be the end all battle so why tell them. In every other conversation she is told of a "nice Christian boy" that she could date. So it was laughable. They make reference to things I consider funny like mentioning God told them to move. They moved a lot too!

The plot follows as Gwenn has vivid dreams of a handsome stranger. Then Gwenn discovers a photo and she wonders if this artist Daniel Gregory is her dream guy. When the adventure begins the sisters keep a decent pace. I felt bad for Rachel when she had to deal with a possible cheating dilemma with her long time rock band girlfriend. She takes you on a text message fueled frenzy.

Overall the book was good although at times a little too descriptive and that slowed things up a little for me. The title comes from a family saying “Well, it’s not my favorite.” The sisters are in for more Minnesota adventures for sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paula L. Phillips on July 9, 2014
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Growing up , Gwen was the sister that did no wrong as it was pretty difficult to make a wayward step when your father happened to be the local Preacher. Now that Gwen and her sister Rachel who happens to be Gay but her parents aren't aware yet, though she has been out of the closet to all her friends for the past ten years. For the past few months, Gwen has been feeling restless and lost and she is about to discover why when she helps her parent's pack up for their next big move. Sitting in the garage is a box of painting and photos of her mother with her arms around a guy that isn't their dad and the dates suggest that the dad Gwen grew up with isn't necessarily her biological dad. Eager for a life change and a stab at the truth, the journey will lead Gwen into the arms of Daniel Gregory Junior - the son of the guy in the photo. There is a spark between these two, but when things start to go off-course it sends Gwen dropping everything and hightailing it to the land of the long white cloud otherwise known as New Zealand. I loved this part as being from New Zealand myself, I got to experience all the places Gwen went too as it stirred memories from the Huka falls in Taupo to the Gardens in Hamilton. It's not my Favorite is a chick lit novel that will have readers wanting to travel and experience the world as it shows readers that in order to grow , we must discover and take risks in life. This book is aimed at Chick Lit readers aged 20-30's and is a journey of discoveries awaiting to happen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy L. Gorchesky on May 30, 2014
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A quick read. I liked the juicy start of the book. I enjoyed the detailed character development. Bring on the candy-coated Sixlets for the next one.
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I really liked the sisters and their bonding is awesome. Both are like two ends of same coin who are incomplete without each other. Gwenn is the responsible one, always making everybody happy, never wanting to hurt others and organizing other people's life even though her own life is a mess; and Rachel is a happy go lucky girl who never misses to have fun, knows how to party and flow with the flow.

I really hated their parents especially Shirley. At some instances I really felt like strangling her or giving her a nice talk on how not to judge her children and for Pastor Ed, I just wanted to give him a nice slap that would wake him up from his don't-go-againt-wife-as-she-is-his-superhero sleep and ask him to understand his daughters.
Ah!!! Finally the hero or as I like to say passionate lover boy (more like man) Daniel Gregory. I really loved him. He has his own baggage from his past but the way he carries himself makes the ladies swarm into his direction. I really liked getting to know about his struggles he faced while getting control over his own Demons. He loved like really loved Gwenn - though it was only after a short meeting and a funny encounter with the drunk Gwenn, he really liked her. And the way he followed Gwenn across the globe to take her out from her misery was amazing.

I can seriously go on and on about the characters, they really were awesome. The perfectionist and the best-est friend Todd, the hardworking Flora and the man-whore Henry whom-i'd-like-to-punch.

Towards the end I felt like story was kinda loosely tied. I really hoped to see getting-to-know-each-other-scenes between Gwenn and Daniel. How was the relationship between the sisters with their parents after the BIG revelation.
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