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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250011388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250011381
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The HomeSweetHome network has just announced that Janine Brown of Davenport, Iowa, is the big winner of its Free House Sweepstakes, and the prize is a gorgeous, fully loaded dream home in Maine. The network had no idea , however, that two Janine Browns live in Davenport, and they couldn’t be more different. Debilitatingly shy Janey Brown is the polar opposite of outgoing, gregarious Nean Brown, but they’re both ecstatic to hear that they’ve won the life-changing contest. While the logistics surrounding the dual contest winners are resolved, Janey and Nean find that they share so much more than the same name and hometown. Set in small-town Maine, this first novel is a story of rebuilding, recovery, and renewal. Harms has created two incredibly likable heroines, allowing the strengths of one woman to bolster the weaknesses of the other. While the central conflict of the story appears to be resolved fairly early, a succession of plot twists keeps the reader intrigued and invested. In the manner of Mary Kay Andrews and Jennifer Weiner, Harms’ novel is emotionally tender, touching, and witty. --Stephanie Turza

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“Warm-hearted and funny, The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane pulls you in with quirky yet relatable characters, intriguing relationships, and the promise of second chances. Harms’s debut is as refreshingly delightful as a bowl of her character Janey’s chilled pea soup with mint on a hot summer day.”

—Meg Donohue, bestselling author of How to Eat a Cupcake: A Novel

 

“Funny, original and delightfully quirky, Kelly Harms’s The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane shows us that sometimes, all we need to make it through one of life’s rough patches is a change of scenery and a home-cooked meal.”

—Molly Shapiro, author of Point, Click, Love: A Novel

 

"The characters are so well drawn that they practically leap from the page, charming dysfunction and all! A poignant, hilarious debut that's filled with heart, soul, insight and laugh-out-loud moments.

It'll make you rethink the meaning of what makes a family -- and if you're anything like me, it'll make you want to pick up and move to 1516 Shipwreck Lane immediately! I'm such a fan of this utterly charming novel."

—Kristin Harmel, international-bestselling author of Italian for Beginners and The Sweetness of Forgetting

 

“Kelly Harms’s The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane is a delightful book bursting with good humor, fast action, and delicious food.  Aunt Midge is a pure joy, and I loved Wimmer’s surprising, spirited, and generous slant on what it takes to make a family.”

—Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of Summer Breeze

 

"Janey and Nean each have a common name and uncommon hard luck, and when they suddenly have in common a sweepstakes house, their lives begin to change in ways neither of them could have imagined. Their quirky wit will win you over, even as they fumble through their crazy new life. THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS OF SHIPWRECK LANE is alive with warmth and wit; I enjoyed it right through to the satisfying end."

—Kristina Riggle, author of Real Life & Liars, The Life You've Imagined, Things We Didn't Say and Keepsake

"Love, lies, food, and past and present triumphs and sorrows deliciously intertwine in Madison author Kelly Harms’s debut novel about accepting second chances." —
Madison Magazine


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Excellent character development.
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Harms has created a world I would love to live in and filled it with people I would love hang out with.
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It has a touch of romance with a whole lot of friendship and heart.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Diane B. Wilkes VINE VOICE on July 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Janine Brown of Cedar Falls, Iowa wins a beautiful house that overlooks the coast in Maine.

The problem: there are two Janine Browns in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and both think they've won the house, especially when they are both contacted from the network. It's not a ratings stunt--just an email glitch. This isn't Survivor, this is House Beautiful.

Both "Janey" and "Nean" Brown have their own reasons for needing this house. They've been Bad Luck Girls to the max. But only Janey has Aunt Midge, the sharpest, bawdiest octogenarian this side of the Atlantic.

The title gives away the fact that both Janines end up living together at the house, and how their luck changes for the better. But this isn't supposed to be a mystery--it's a touching and funny (Oh, Aunt Midgei!) and romantic story where the Janines' luck changes as they do. Each transformation is beautifully and individually shared, and you root for both as if they're family members or dear friends (you can pick your friends--and sometimes even your sisters). Even though the book is as light and breezy as the Maine shoreline, important messages sift through--we are all damaged; we are all redeemable.

I read this book with great pleasure and delight. It is moving, uplifting, and engrossing. Highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Ford on July 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was fortunate to win an advanced reading copy of The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane. I really enjoyed the book. It tells the story of Janine Brown of Cedar Falls, Iowa winning a house in Maine from the HomeSweetHome network sweepstakes. The catch is that 2 women in Cedar Falls have that name.

This debut novel, among other things, deals with winning, trust, love, frustration, having faith, friendship. Cooking and baking are essential parts of the novel. The only thing missing are the recipes for the foods being prepared.

I highly recommend this book for a beach read, summer fun read or for a book club. It draws you in at the beginning and holds your attention until the end. It left me wanting a sequel.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By shawn swillinger on July 10, 2013
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Like all good books, this one was over too soon. I even tried to stretch it out by taking tiny, savory bites...but it was just too darn tasty and I finished it in a day. Maybe I should feel guilty about that, but I don't. Harms has created a world I would love to live in and filled it with people I would love hang out with.

Start with one dream house, add a dash of mistaken identity, stir in three very different personalities and bake for several hundred pages. It seems like a simple recipe, but in Harms' hands it comes out like nothing you've ever experienced before. Maybe it's the sprinkling of humor or the spice of a pair of hunky gardeners with stories of their own. Or, maybe, it's a magical combination of them all.

Food, family, frienship, and the search for meaning in a crazy world...they're all here. And, when you reach the end of this delicious treat, you'll be wanting a second helping.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Preview Review on August 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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"The HomeSweetHome Network has just announced this year's lucky winner of a brand-new, fully loaded dream home: Janine Brown of Cedar Falls, Iowa.

For Janey Brown, hearing her name called on television feels like the inescapable fruition of her Aunt Midge's endless string of harebrained plans, each of them designed to drag Janey into the world outside the tiny kitchen where she is happiest submerging her anxiety and grief in the pursuit of the perfect pot-au-feu.

Meanwhile, across town, Nean Brown just knows that this house is her destiny. When she hears her name, it's almost not even a surprise. Good fortune took its sweet time showing up in her life, but better late than never. For Nean the house promises an escape from the latest in her revolving door of crappy jobs and drunk boyfriends, from being the kind of person other people look at but don't see.

Both Janine Browns head for their new hometown of Christmas Cove, Maine, to claim the prize and when their lives intersect, they discover that more than just a million-dollar dream home awaits them at the water's edge. In the vein of Mary Kay Andrews, the Good Luck Girls will win you over. "

A highly entertaining and comical debut novel by a former editor and literary agent and it clearly shows. Harms is amazingly descriptive when it comes to Janey's cooking scenes. It's as if you are reading an episode of the old Julia Child re-runs. You'll be simply famished and your mouth will water while reading these scenes. Her writing is not only detailed and expressive but also fast paced and moving. The chapters alternate between Janey and Nean's separate point of views and these two couldn't be more different....a perfect example of opposites attract.

A delectable beach/pool read with a few surprises!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Swafford on January 10, 2014
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If the characters and action had lived up to the back story, this could have been a memorable book. Unfortunately, everything after the first three or four chapters was formulaic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan Huneke on February 26, 2014
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I bought this because the author went to school with my kids. Maybe a book that is targeted more at a female audience, but I found Kelly's prose to be clever and entertaining from a guy's perspective also. I read for entertainment and enlightenment. When reading for entertainment, I enjoy books that create vivid mental images that let me feel like I'm really involved in the story (albeit as an observer). Kelly's imagery is vivid indeed. I'm more of a Ludlum/Clancy fan and I didn't really expect to enjoy this book (but I did!). I look forward to Kelly's next book.
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