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All Fruits Ripe is an entertaining short novella that introduces the reader to Abby George, the main character in The Abby George Series. Abby George is a thirty-something LA girl who hasn't had a very good year. She lost her fiance to another woman, her mother passed away from cancer, she was laid off from her job, and she's basically penniless. Abby turned to her older sister Leigh for a sympathetic ear and for moral support, but instead she receives a "chance of a lifetime" proposal. Leigh asks Abby to fly to the Caribbean for a few months to oversee the repairs and sale of her island home. Surprise! Abby didn't know Leigh had a house in the Caribbean, it was a well hidden secret, as Leigh's second hubby, Daryl, doesn't even know the house exists. While Abby relishes a chance to have her own island fantasy adventure, she can't shake her gut feeling that there is a hidden agenda behind her sister's offer. Will Abby accept the proposal and embark on an island adventure? The answer will be revealed in book two of the series, Rum Punch Regrets!

All Fruits Ripe is a great short novella that introduces the reader to Abby George and her older sister Leigh. The novella provides the reader with background information into the lives and family dynamic of Abby and Leigh. Leigh is twenty years older than Abby, a typical Type A personality and all around perfect woman. Abby's birth was needless to say a surprise to her parents, who had begun planning their retirement when they found out that May was pregnant with Abby. Abby and Leigh are complete opposites, where Abby has a sarcastic personality, dry humor and free spirit way; Leigh is the successful businesswoman who has been the "mother" in Abby's life, and has asserted her pushy "been there, did that" advice and assistance on Abby throughout her life.

With the background set, this fun, fast-paced little teaser of a prequel to Rum Punch Regrets whets your appetite and interest to follow Abby on her Caribbean island adventure!
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on April 7, 2012
Laid off right after the betrayal of her fiancée, death of her mother and loss of all the non-refundable money spent on a wedding that would never be, Abby George hoped her sister might be a bit more sympathetic. But no, Leigh wants her baby sister to fly to a Caribbean island to accomplish something she is unwilling and unable to do. After all, Abby has nothing keeping her rooted to L.A. anymore, so why not?

This novella is the beginning of a serial read. Over half of the forty six pages is spent in extensive flash back and back story--setting up what sounds an intriguing novelized continuation to be released in May 2012. The entirety of All Fruits Ripe felt like the first three chapters of the forthcoming, Rum Punch Regrets. As a teaser for the full length novel, it works. As a standalone story, not so much. The reader is left at the brink of Abby's decision to accept her sister's request to go Caribbean. The 'taste' (of Rum Punch Regrets) then commences. The set-up novella of All Fruits Ripe is revisited in brief and the story continues...leaving off just as Abby settles into the mysterious St Kitts. Once again, we are left to wonder how it will all sort out. The episode continues...

Revisiting a format of old--the serial, the episode-- All Fruits Ripe is a fun beginning. Abby has a humorous vantage of her life...a dry wit. Her internal musings are a chuckle. The introduction to the island is lush and the character of the taxis driver/grounds keeper a real colorful gem. Who is this Ben and what role will he play in Abby's life as she delves into the new locale? You will have to wait until Rum Punch Regrets to find out!
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on June 9, 2013
This is a short read and the first in the series. I enjoyed learning about the characters and their lives. Abby's life is about to change. Is it something that she will accept or will she make it difficult for herself? I loved this story and look forward to what is next.
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on May 3, 2012
excellent character development! good imagery that made you feel you were part of the story. i easily related to abby and her life's hiccups hitting her all at one time. you find yourself becoming her cheerleader while reading! cannot wait to read rum punch regrets as the novella will definitely leave you wanting more!
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on April 14, 2013
**3.5 stars**

I was pleasantly surprised by this little gem. I have a particular way that I like my chick-lit to be and this book really hit the mark. i hate chick-lit with whiny girls or silly stereotypes and this was thankfully free of those characters. This novella was very short but set the stage nicely for the series to come. I can't wait for Abby's trip to the Caribbean, and I'll be shelling out some of my own money to see where her adventure takes her.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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on August 22, 2012
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was a quick, fun read that sets up Rum Punch Regrets beautifully.

However, it is not necessary to read All Fruits Ripe prior to reading Rum Punch Regrets. But it was very helpful. This book was a great way to be introduced to Abby George and her sister, Leigh, and how they got into the positions that they are in come Rum Punch Regrets.

Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book if you like chick lit and you plan on reading Rum Punch Regrets, the next full-length installment of the The Abby George Series.

Will I read it again: I will not read this book again.

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on April 11, 2012
I want to know more about Abby and her adventure. I love her, her spirit and how she deals with people. Can't wait for the book. It will be such a great summer read but I think
I will finish it in a few days so I can find out what happens to her. Hurry up Anne Kemp and satisfy Abby lovers.
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on April 28, 2012
I loved this introduction to Abby George! Ms. Kemp has set the stage for a wonderful adventure, and I can't wait to follow the Abby George series! Abby is instantly relatable. She's someone you want to root for, and I'm anxious to see how her new life unfolds.
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on April 8, 2012
Just a teaser of what will be a fun read! Looks like another fabulous and entertaining book to take to the beach! I absolutely loved it and am anxiously waiting till Memorial Day to pick up the book!
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on August 2, 2012
Connected with the book's characters right off the bat! Anne Kemp introduced me to a pair of interesting sisters with her premier of the series Abby George. Can't wait to get my hands on Rum Punch Regrets.
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