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Coopersmith's chick lit debut is appropriately witty and zany, but without much substance. Her heroine, Nancy Carrington-Chambers, is a Bay area socialite whose perfect wedding hasn't resulted in the perfect marriage. Three years in, she decides to take a sabbatical from the increasingly boorish Todd and concentrate on her burgeoning event-planning business, Froth. Todd agreeably arranges an assistant for her: Derek, the gay English assistant she's always dreamed of having. Nancy's neat and orderly existence comes to an end, though, after she is conned into caring for her flighty cousin's four-year-old daughter, Eugenia, and things further spin out of control when she begins to fall in love with Derek. Coopersmith's deft hand with humor works best with the purposeful malapropisms peppered throughout Nancy's dialogue, which she refers to as errant nitwittery but her attempts to deepen the story can't compete with the comic tone. The book is more icing than cake, but Nancy does grow up as a result of parenting Eugenia, becomes more decisive and substantial as a person, and the neat little bow that ties up the story will satisfy most readers. (June)
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Event planner Nancy Carrington-Chambers is the perfect socialite. And the perfectionism that she requires in everything, especially her impeccable sense of style, is what defines the seemingly perfect life she leads. So when her husband, Todd, begins to display signs of “poor taste,” she has no choice but to move out and start over on her own. Nancy’s life seems back on track as her company begins to plan a high-society fundraiser. And her new assistant Derek fits her standards: well dressed, organized, and gorgeous, if seemingly unattainable. But just as things are falling into place, chaos intrudes. Nancy’s cousin leaves her daughter in her care and disappears without a word. Suddenly, Nancy finds herself struggling with a makeshift “family” comprising Derek and little Eugenia, and a slew of imperfections. Yet somehow, everything feels right. Coopersmith uses humor and romance to show that in life and love, perfection is overrated. --Claire Orphan
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; 1 edition (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416598863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416598862
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,375,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bookaholics Reviewer on May 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
Nancy's Theory of Style by Grace Coopersmith
Contemporary Romance- Chick Lit- May 18th, 2010
5 stars

Nancy's Theory of Style is a must read! This is the perfect feel good book for the summer. It is certainly one destined for my keeper shelf. If I could grade it more than 5 stars I would!

Usually contemporary or chick lit books are not my 1st choice. This is because the relationship and the dialogue have to be strong or I quickly lose interest. In paranormal or suspense romances at least there is the mystery or `magic' to keep me intrigued even if the main characters do not. But Grace Coopersmith has succeeded in writing a book that has a surprisingly poignant romance and witty dialogue that kept me in eager anticipation of what funny thing the main character would say or do next!

Nancy has the perfect life. She looks good, has money and a husband most women would envy. So why does she feel her perfect life is draining her? She decides to take a `break' from her husband. Now she can finally start the event business she always wanted. Unfortunately, her father and husband never felt she was serious. Her first step is to find an impeccable assistant. When she giddily hires the urbane Derek she knows she will be a success. As Nancy stumbles through each zany adventure she finds a strength and sense of purpose that she didn't know she had.

The wonderful thing about this book is how it slowly grows on you. Nancy is a rich socialite. And at first glance she seems like the typical blonde who is more concerned about her looks and status than other people and their misfortune. But as I grew to know Nancy, I grew to love her and so did her love interest. Nancy's personality is effervescent.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Tomas on May 23, 2010
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The main character's name, Nancy Edith Carrington-Chambers, conveys the neat order of her planned life. Nancy created a life based on what she imagined it should be and married the proper husband from the right family. But when Nancy attempts to maintain her ordered-existence like a perfect prized and pruned English garden, the chaos of life intrudes like a family of hungry gophers. Part of this chaos is Nancy's cousin, Birdie, who abandon her daughter, Eugenia,to Nancy's care. Part of the chaos is the unhappiness of Nancy's marriage. Part of the chaos is Nancy's mysterious assistant, Derek. Nancy is able to maintain her sense of style but she learns she cannot control the disorder. Through it all, Nancy learns that a sprinkling of chaos provides a valued spice to her life. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel from the quick wit to the scenes set in the San Francisco Bay Area. I recommend this book highly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anna Lemkau on May 14, 2010
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If someone asked Nancy about her life- she'd say it was perfect. Perfect marriage, perfect husband, perfect friends- perfect everything. Now Nancy she's a planner and a very good one too. She can turn a boring event into the party of the year. But what she didn't plan on was for her life to take a total left turn.

If your a fan of Marta Acosta's Casa Dracula you'll recognize Nancy as Milagro's ever fashionable friend. Honestly I've never been a fan of Nancy's she just didn't seem like a very good friend, so I was a bit leery about reading this book.

Nancy lives in her own world and says whatever she likes even if it's a bit rude at times. But I learned that she is quite funny and can be very charming. Having her world turned upside definitely did her some good. I'm glad I gave this book a chance, by the end of the book I love the person Nancy becomes. She's still the ever fabulous chick, but with a bigger heart and a different look on life.

Nancy's Theory of Style was a fun story to read. I thought this book would be a bit out of my comfort zone, but I ended up really enjoying the story. It was funny, romantic, surprising and highly entertaining. This is gonna be a fun read for any romance fan out there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Eagan on May 20, 2010
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What did I learn from reading Nancy's Theory of Style? Among other things, no outfit is complete without a cape and it's vital to have a good runway-walk. Amen, Grace Coopersmith!

Readers of Marta Acosta's Casa Dracula series will be thrilled to discover this spin-off book, which delves more deeply into the life of Nancy Carrington-Chambers, Milagro de los Santos' "old money" friend. Nancy and Milagro always seemed like an unlikely pair, but in reading Nancy's Theory of Style, the reader will quickly realize that Nancy is the perfect, loopy, WASP complement to Milagro's sexy, witty, bohemian charm.

Like Jane Austen's Emma, Nancy is an "old money" girl who discovers her carefully planned script of a life is not turning out as she expected. Nancy was supposed to be living with her wildly successful, perfectly coiffed husband in a classic, custom-built and designed home that would make Martha Stewart green with envy. Instead, we find Nancy with a dolt of a husband who has built her a tacky McMansion that belongs on the Real Housewives of New Jersey instead of in the pages of Architectural Digest.

Poor Nancy packs up her Mini-Cooper and goes off to find herself...and the perfect bottled water. Along the way, we meet Nancy's fabulous gay assistant, careless débutante cousin, a miniature horse named Willoughby, and a caped crusader who really does rescue our heroine. We are thrown together with pirates, battle scurrilous paparazzi, survive a pyrotechnic disaster, and discover people are often not what they seem.

I absolutely loved this book and hope the author will be gracious enough to invite us all on another adventure with Fancy Nancy. This is a perfect summer read--fun, a little silly, witty, and satirical. BUY THIS BOOK!
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