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Opposites Attack: A Novel with Recipes Provencal Kindle Edition

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A fun, rollicking tale with an enchanted setting, the kind of book you want to share with your dearest friends. Don't miss this one! Cassandra King
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Sparkles like fine champagne and feels like a Truffaut romantic comedy. Richard Goodman
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A fun tale and a nice testament to Maeder's versatility. Miami Herald
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Merci for taking me back to the deliciousness of Provence! I wish my first stay in France had been this delightfully wicked. Teresa Engebretsen, The Sabbatical Chef
*****
Filled with gutsy good humor and fantastic characters that make you laugh out loud. Armchair travel at its best! The Country Bookshop
*****
This wonderfully entertaining novel will have you booking that trip to France you've been promising yourself for years." Charles Salzberg
*****
Just the sort of love story filled with food and funny bits that is perfect for a rainy summer afternoon or staying up into the wee hours to finish it (as I did last night). Mary Dalton, NPR's WFDD
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Gobble up this rollicking romantic comedy, filled with scrumptious French food. O. Henry magazine
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Take three quirky characters who go to extremes to either pursue love or avoid love. Add a dash of dysfunction. A pinch of love. And a dollop of mystery. Marinate in a romantic setting. News & Record 

About the Author

Jo Maeder was a radio DJ in South Florida and New York City who once went by the air name "The Rock and Roll Madame" and followed The Howard Stern Show. She now lives in North Carolina and is a writer/bird nut. She travels, cooks, and bakes decadent cookies whenever possible. Ditto dancing. Read "The Story Behind the Story" that inspired Opposite's Attack on Jo's website page for the book. JoMaeder.com/read/oa

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  • File Size: 2409 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Vivant Press (March 20, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 20, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CJLFIEG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Scribe, foodie, and former radio DJ who still likes to blast music and dance like a fool. I was once a wig-wearing, mini-skirted DJ known as "The Rock and Roll Madame" when my show followed Howard Stern's. My last on-air gig was on the amazing Z100 in NYC. I moved to the South to care for my estranged mother and my life forever changed. WHEN I MARRIED MY MOTHER is about that. OPPOSITES ATTACK: A Novel with Recipes Provencal is a delicious and daring adventure set in the South of France. You may want to jump on a plane and head to France the moment you finish it. Do keep in touch.

I also ran the doll adoption service, MAMA JO'S HOUSE OF DOLLS, on the internet and found homes for my late mother's dolls. They're now across the globe from Russia to New Zealand. Check out the Facebook and Pinterest pages Mama Jo's House of Dolls. The New York Times ran an essay I wrote about this bittersweet adventure called "The 700-Doll Question," and YouTube has Jacob Rosdail's short film titled "The Doll Dilemma." You decide if I'm crazy.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rachel B. Ratliff on June 22, 2013
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This novel instantly transported me from my reading perch into a delightful tale filled with heartfelt adventure. Through the author's skillful writing I became each of the diverse characters causing me to laugh, cry, and taste the beauty of a country I have yet to visit. A delightful novel, an adventure to savor, I highly recommend this book!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Beachgirl on June 19, 2013
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Just as I loved "When I Married My Mother" I loved "Opposites Attack" even more! Heartwarming and hilarious story. And since I will be traveling to France for the first time in September I can hardly wait to experience le belle vie!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 4, 2014
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I enjoyed this book a great deal except for one thing: the language and sexual situations are more graphic than I prefer. The book itself is well written and a fun read, just be aware of the adult content.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ariana on June 14, 2013
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A great summer read for anyone looking for some fun! Maeder pulls you in from the start and doesn't let go as you experience life with Alyce and Jean-Luc. Absolutely loved everything about this book from start to finish. A must read!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By marcy on September 22, 2013
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the book club books had gotten very serious and then we read opposites attack. so much fun, we even read bits out loud with the voices we imagined for each character. we all decided this was a delightful book and a good excuse to eat French food.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mary M. Dalton on July 3, 2013
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Il s'agit d'un livre charmant.

Okay, so I cheated.

My high school and college French is mostly spent except for the odd word or phrase that I recall, but that is no impediment to enjoying Greensboro author Jo Maeder's new novel.

But, Google translate has helped me convey (I hope correctly) that Opposites Attack is a charming book. A young, American woman goes to France to learn the language and get over a love affair that hasn't taken the turn she hoped. Eventually, she discovers that the Francophile lurking underneath her all-American skin may be more dominant than she has suspected.

Opposites Attack is just the sort of love story filled with food and funny bits that is perfect for a rainy summer afternoon (we've had a surplus of those lately) or staying up into the wee hours to finish it (as I did last night).

It's frothy and sweet like a luscious chocolate mousse. Did I mention that I love chocolate mousse?

Mary Dalton blogs at [...] where this review first appeared.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heidi W. on April 16, 2014
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This was a joy to read. I found myself sneaking in a paragraph or two whenever I could - in line at the grocery store, while stirring dinner on the stove. I couldn't put it down, and couldn't wait to see what happened next. When I was about 75% through the book I started having the dilemma that occurs with a truly riveting and enjoyable read. Do I read it every chance I get to find out what happens as quickly as possible? Or do I slow down, take the time to savor each sentence, to draw out the pleasure as long as possible? I had every intention of making it last, but got so caught up in the story, I read until the early morning hours. I certainly hope this author has written other books, because today is emptier for not having this book to look forward to!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan A. Elsner VINE VOICE on February 10, 2015
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As we meet the heroine of this book, Alyce, she is presented as a total klutz - a naive American girl trying to learn French in a small Provencal town -- and not doing a very good job of it. She is ejected from two host families and even from a convent because of various mishaps and ends up staying in a crumbling mansion owned by Jean-Luc, an acclaimed novelist now struggling with writer's block, impending bankruptcy and a life rapidly falling apart. Alyce herself is awaiting a marriage proposal from Nelson, the rich son of a snobbish mother back in the States. But Nelson has his own issues, notably an illegitimate son by a former lover who won't go away.

The strength of this book is that the lead characters gradually grow on the reader as they grow on each other. The novel is mainly played as a social comedy in which the strengths and weaknesses of the American and French characters are gently exposed and ridiculed. The author's keen eye and ability to place her characters in places that highlight their peculiarities help move things along. She sees things from both the American and French points of view and is particularly withering when dealing with snobbery from either quarter.

Of course, French cooking and wine eventually win over Alyce. She is seduced by beauty and the sensuality of the Provencal landscape combined with the tastes and smells of its food and wine. But Jean-Luc too is redeemed by an injection of Yankee no-nonsense, can-do, get-up-and-go energy. I guess the central theme is captured by an incident where Alyce is attacked by a wild boar. Like Annie Oakley, she gets out her gun and repels the attack. The boar is then lovingly butchered, marinated and served al fresco together with delicious wine to a boisterous group of friends. It's the perfect marriage of France and America.
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