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Lucky Charm [Kindle Edition]

Marie Astor
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Book Description

Twenty-eight-year old Annabel Green is about to tie the knot with her college love, an aspiring author Jeremy Blake, but her plans for an ideal wedding are rudely interrupted when she catches Jeremy kissing his gorgeous book agent.

Shell-shocked by Jeremy's betrayal, Annabel retreats into the quiet routine of TV dinners and solitary evenings. It is then that Annabel's best friend, fashion designer Lilly Clayton, sets herself on a mission to draw Annabel out of her shell. In an attempt to persuade Annabel to keep an open mind on dating, Lilly takes Annabel for a stunning makeover, but after Annabel passes on a date with a dashing entrepreneur, Lilly decides that more drastic measures are needed. Lilly invites Annabel to see a palm reader who gives Annabel a lucky charm that is supposed to help her find true love.

A few weeks later, during her trip to Paris, Annabel meets a handsome Parisian, and as the two embark on a whirlwind romance, she starts to believe in the power of the talisman the palm reader has given her. But what Annabel doesn't know is that Lilly is hiding a secret that could unravel her faith in her newly found luck in love.


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Marie Astor's Lucky Charm is one of those books that once I started it, I just wanted to know what happened next. 
                     ~The Book Fetish
 
Lucky Charm is a very enjoyable read that made me want to grab a comfy chair and a glass of wine and just enjoy the story. The cities fit the characters and the story line so well. As far as contemporary romance novels go, Lucky Charm is a great novel that I highly enjoyed and recommend.
                        ~Book Savvy Babe
 
Lucky Charm embodies the best of contemporary romance reading: it is serious, but fun, and full of the spirit of two friends who support each other through good and bad. Contemporary romance/chick lit fans get yourselves out and get a copy - you will be happy you did. 
 
                      ~Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories

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As she headed for the tiny boutique shop on the corner of Lexington Avenue and Sixtieth Street, Annabel felt the palms of her hands prickle with perspiration. Her breath quickened with excitement and what might have been a bit of fear. Today she would be trying on her wedding dress for the first time.

"Annabel, you look stunning!" Lilly gushed when Annabel finally emerged from the dressing room. 

"Wow," Annabel whispered at her own reflection in the mirror, thinking that the person in there could not possibly be her. "It is so beautiful, Lilly! It's the most amazing dress I've ever seen."

"Thank you." A quick smile of satisfaction lit up Lilly's face. "You know, it's the least I could do, you being my best friend and all. Now, turn around." Lilly waved her hand imperiously. "Let's see if we need to make any adjustments." Lilly was tall and lanky. At five nine, she wore a size four and easily could have been a model, but instead she chose to be a designer, quipping that she preferred calling the shots instead of being a mannequin. 

"Ouch!" Annabel felt one of Lilly's pins poke her waist.

"Sorry! Did I get you?" 

"A little."

"How much weight did you lose?" demanded Lilly. "If you had told me that you were planning to go on a diet, I would have waited with the dress. Now I have to take it all in.

"I didn't go on a diet," retorted Annabel. "I just haven't had much of an appetite lately."

"It's not like you have any weight to lose. You're skinnier than my models," Lilly mumbled, holding the pin between her lips as she continued to adjust the fabric. "What was that you said about not having an appetite?" Lilly straightened up to survey the alterations after she had placed several more pins into the dress. "Is everything okay between you and Jeremy?" 

"Oh, it's nothing - just stress at work." Annabel shrugged, sensing Lilly's inquiring stare. "I don't mean to sound like a Bridezilla, but the planning is exhausting. Meredith has been helping me, but there is still a lot to be done."
"What about Jeremy? He should be pitching in."

"Tell me about it! I can't even get him to look at the guest list. But in his defense, he's been really busy with his book. Athena and he are working round the clock."

"He sure has been spending a lot of time with that hot book agent of his." Lilly raised an eyebrow.

"It's nothing like that. They're working together. According to Athena, a book deal should be coming through any day, and she's saying that it's going to be really big."

"Okay, okay. I'm sorry. You know that I have issues with trusting men." Lilly smiled apologetically, busying herself with another round of fabric adjustments.

"Don't worry about it." That was one of the things about Lilly -she never pulled any punches.

"Well, it seems my work here is done," announced Lilly. "That is, unless you decide to lose any more weight in the next month, which you'd better not, since I won't be doing this all over again."

"I won't. I promise." Annabel smiled. At times Lilly was worse than her own mother. "You'll be glad to know that I'm going to meet Meredith for a cake tasting at Veniero's. Do you want to come?"

"I wish I could, but I'm swamped here as it is. I am scrambling like mad for this Paris trip."

"What Paris trip? You never told me anything about it."

"Well, I didn't want to jinx it, and it's only become official this morning," Lilly admitted guiltily. "I'll be going to Paris in three months to present my collection in a fashion contest for new designers. You had to apply to be considered, and I've been holding my fingers crossed for the past six months. I could get some real orders there, Ann. This could be it!" Lilly whispered, her eyes lighting up.

"Lilly, this is terrific news! I'm so happy for you. I know that you'll blow them away!" 

"I hope so." Lilly twisted her hands nervously. "I've been wracking my brain since this morning what to pick for the contest."

"I can relate to that. All your dresses are beautiful."

"Oh, stop it! You're flattering me when I need brutal honesty!" Lilly waved her hand, blushing with pleasure. "Is that your cell phone ringing? Let me guess. Is it Meredith?"

Annabel fumbled in her purse, groping for her cell phone. 

"Hi Meredith. Yes, I'm on my way - I'll see you there in five." She hung up the phone, looking at her watch. "I've got to run. You know how Meredith gets about people being late. Are you sure you can't come?" Annabel offered one last time.

"I wish I could, but there's just too much to do. Have an extra pastry for me."

"See you later. Thanks again for the dress. It's a dream come true!"

As usual on a Saturday afternoon, Lexington Avenue was bustling with shoppers. Annabel checked her watch. She was supposed to meet her cousin Meredith at two o'clock, and it was already one-thirty. With traffic, it could easily be a twenty-minute ride to the Village, which was where Veniero's was located, but if she got a cab right away, she would just about make it.

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  • Language: English
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Sweet September 8, 2011
By Shadow
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was so sweet, a few sad moments but a great story all the way around. You felt for the characters, and boy, were there a lot of them. I've found with most stories, who have a lot of characters, the stories are too over done but this one was perfect and easy to follow. I loved it!

Set in the Big City, Annabel is living the life. She has a good job, a wonderful fiancé, supportive friends; life is predictable and safe, until the uneventful happens. Annabel catches her fiancé in an affair and breaks off the wedding. Distraught, she decides going on vacation with her best friend to Paris, it's just the thing she needs. And there, she meets tall, dark and handsome!

Etienne, a French man, is smitten with Annabel the first day he meets her. Love at first sight? Three glorious weeks in Paris and they both believe so but will their love last when Annabel's fiancé comes back in the picture?
Did Annabel go back to her ex- fiancé or did she take a risk and go to her French man? Read the book and find out. I can promise that the story was wonderful, sweet and each character ended up with a happy ending. :)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An instant favorite! August 8, 2011
By Amy
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is amazingly well written! I enjoyed it immensely and the characters came to life from the very first page. I was just expecting another mildly entertaining romance novel, but it turns out this book was so intriguing I've been telling everyone I know they must read this book right away!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book you can settle into and enjoy August 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Lucky Charm is a very enjoyable read that made me want to grab a comfy chair and a glass of wine, and just enjoy the story.

It was very easy to identify with Annabel, a young woman who discovers her fiancé is having an affair. Annabel has to deal with the fall-out of a failed relationship, as well as the embarrassment of canceling wedding plans, all while trying to keep her emotions under control. With help from her best friend, Lilly, and even some therapeutic target shooting sessions, Annabel begins to put the failed relationship behind her and make positive changes in her life. The last think Annabel expected was to meet an attractive man while on vacation in Paris, but when Etienne enters her life, Annabel is torn between risking her heart in a relationship with a stranger or staying safe in her single status.

Lucky Charm is an easy contemporary romance novel to relate to and enjoy. The characters experience real-life situations and emotions, making it very easy to relate to and get caught up in the story. All of the female characters in Lucky Charm face their own relationship struggles and issues, and they are all a bit different. There is something for every reader to relate to, at least in some way. After all, relationships are complicated, but we all look for that happily ever after. I appreciate that while exploring the hurts of unfaithful relationships, Marie Astor manages to pull in humor and amusement to the story.

I loved the settings in Lucky Charm. Annabel and Lilly live in New York City, and they are independent, smart women making their way in the city. They get to travel to Paris for a few weeks, one of the most romantic cities in the world. The cities fit the characters, and the story line so well.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read that blends chick lit and romance August 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Lucky Charm by Marie Astor is a fun,quick read that is equal parts chick-lit and romance.I liked each of the characters, particularly Lilly for forcing Annabel outside of her comfort zone and for helping her realize that the end of her relationship with Jeremy wasn't her only chance for happiness.I loved all of the little details that Marie Astor included about Paris because it made me feel like I was there, experiencing all of the sights right alongside Annabel.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Got a Kick Out of Lucky Charm December 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Marie Astor's Lucky Charm is one of those books that once I started it, I just wanted to know what happend next. I really enjoyed Lucky Charm and it is this month's selection for the ChickLitPlus reading challenge I've been doing this year.

Annabel Green catches her fiance cheating on her. In the wake of this betrayal, Annabel is lost, uncertain of how to move forward and reclaim her life. Her best friend, an up and coming designer called Lilly Collins, tries to help. She treats Annabel to a fabulous makeover and makes sure she meets new men. However, Annabel still uses any and every excuse to delay jumping back in the dating pool. Worried about her friend, Lilly takes Annabel to visit a fortune teller, where Annabel acquires a special charm that is supposed to bring her luck in love.... but will it? I don't want to say a lot more about the summary because I want you to read it and discover it for yourself. You'll see a few more tidbits below, but only because they pertain to things I really liked about the story.

The first thing that drew me into Lucky Charm was Annabel herself. She's not perfect, but she's also not a simpering idiot. It always helps to have a heroine that you feel like you could be friends with. Annabel's reaction to Jeremy's betrayal is authentic. It doesn't feel contrived or desperate. Nor do Lilly's plans to get Annabel back in the dating game. And if you like the idea of a lucky charm, then the fortune teller gifting Annabel with a talisman is endearing. I think most of us, whether or not we admit it out loud, would welcome any charm that would bring more love into our lives.

I also enjoyed Annabel's foray into Paris. I love reading about places I've visited and saying to myself "Yes, that's spot on".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a good read
Love the story. the only thing I really don't like is the time line. it all happens within a few months. other than that I thinks it's great love story.
Published 22 days ago by B.Carlos
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute love story
This is a cute love story. Annabel has been with her boyfriend for 7 years and then finds him with another woman when it is close to their wedding. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Booklover
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently written
Excelently written. The bad guy is a major heel. Lots of drams. Liked the book well enough to look for her othrs
Published 2 months ago by Joann Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky Charm
Very good book. The characters are extremely human making it easy to relate to their trials and tribulations. Looking forward to more of Marie's books.
Published 4 months ago by grtgram
4.0 out of 5 stars a fun read
Not the usual type of book that I read. Good description of people and places. I did like the fact that the love scenes were not smutty, but left it to your imagination. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nancy K. Simonides
4.0 out of 5 stars Lucky Charm
Intrigue and romance are always a great mix and that I enjoy.
Plus being a free read is great too!
Published 5 months ago by L. Zimmerman
2.0 out of 5 stars Main character was fairly whiney.
She whined and moaned through the whole book, til she got the charm and after a bit when she believed in it she was a bit enjoyable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by S. Lafary
4.0 out of 5 stars Lucky Charm
The characters and storyline kept you waiting for the outcome of each chapter and for the outcome of the book
Published 8 months ago by Connie's kindle
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
I liked this book, it was good, not the typical story I would read! Annabel finds out that she is being cheated on and like most girls doesn't take it to well, but we all have... Read more
Published 11 months ago by HeadTripping Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
A wonderful and fun romantic read. Characters you care about in a story with a great lucky charm. I enjoyed this book and it's perfect for the beach or a quiet afternoon by the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by lq
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More About the Author

Marie Astor is New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. In her spare time Marie enjoys being adventurous out-of-doors. She often gets new story ideas while she is hiking up a mountain or trying to avoid bumping into a tree while skiing.

Marie loves hearing from her readers and always answers all of her emails personally. Visit Marie at www.marieastor.com.

Books by Marie Astor:

Searing Lies (Book 1 of Love, Power & Sin Series) - contemporary romance / romantic suspense

Burning Ties (Book 2 of Love, Power & Sin Series) - contemporary romance / romantic suspense

To Catch a Bad Guy (Book 1 of the Janet Maple Series) - romantic suspense

Catching the Bad Guy (Book 2 of the Janet Maple Series) - romantic suspense

Bad Guys Get Caught (Book 3 of the Janet Maple Series - romantic suspense

This Tangled Thing Called Love - contemporary romance about searching for love

Lucky Charm - contemporary romance about love, luck, and friendship

Smitten at First Sight - contemporary romance about the power of love

A Dress in a Window - a collection of short stories about love, serendipity, and fate

Over the Mountain and Back - young adult fantasy adventure

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