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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (November 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055714213X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557142132
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,549,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Anne Brooke lives in Surrey, UK. She is a multi-published author in a variety of genres, including gay erotic romance, fantasy, comedy, thrillers, biblical fiction and the occasional chicklit novel. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize (for novels set in London) and the Royal Literary Fund Scheme.

When not writing, she spends time in the garden attempting to differentiate between flowers and weeds. Occasionally, she can also be found in the kitchen making cakes. Every now and again, they are edible.

Her websites can be found at: www.annebrooke.com, www.gayreads.co.uk, www.biblicalfiction.co.uk and www.gathandria.com (for fantasy fiction).

She has a Facebook fan page here: http://www.facebook.com/annebrookebooks

She is also on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AnneBrookeBooks

Reviews:

"Every single character here is unique. I couldn't stop thinking while reading this story that each and every one of them pulses with life." (MM Good Book Reviews on Maloney's Law)

"a flawlessly written, beautiful yet haunting story, at times gritty, dark and intense" (Queer Magazine Online on A Dangerous Man)

"an exceptionally well written and thrilling mystery novel. This novel grabbed a hold of me almost immediately and would not let go." (Romance Junkies Reviews on The Bones of Summer)

"a slow burning mystery woven into the ordinary lives of a close-knit group of friends. This is a great choice for readers who prefer to get to know characters well before the plot heats up. The payoff at the end is well worth the initial emotional investment." (Long and Short Reviews about Thorn in The Flesh)

"a great, laid back story with many twists to keep you laughing. The fast paced flow of the wacky story was undeniably fun. I say that if on a rainy day or just when you need to laugh in a 'The Birdcage' feel, this book is for you." (Dark Diva Reviews on Pink Champagne and Apple Juice)

Customer Reviews

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Lake on August 22, 2009
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Angie Howard is running away from home, literally. Her mother chases her onto the train platform and Angie barely manages to slam the door shut as the train pulls out of the station. She's headed for London with some cash she has stolen from her mother, her mother's address book to help her find her estranged Uncle John, and a carry-on hastily filled with clothes but no underwear.

Angie seems to know more of what she doesn't want than what she does want. She has no idea where she is going with her life, not to mention finding her way around London.

Angie is your typical hapless heroine that causes havoc whichever way she turns. Her relationships with her gay, female-impersonator, uncle, a gorgeous waiter named Phillipe, a gay bouncer named Derek, and a German chef, Heinrich, obsessed with his kitchen and mushrooms, are all a disaster.

Angie's adventures are fun up until the point where everything falls apart and she is forced to return home with her mother. This is where the book turns from fun to engaging. Angie and her mother finally have an honest conversation and Angie faces the truth about her deceased father with courage and maturity.

The characters are all well-developed and the story kept my interest. The ending was fairly predictable, but I would still recommend this book.

Pink Champagne and Apple Juice is a quick, easy and entertaining read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey A. Snyder on August 30, 2009
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I thought this was going to be Bridget Jones meets 'La Cage Aux Folles'. Perhaps I set my sites too high. It wasn't that fun.

The main Character, Angie Howard, is young and inexperienced and naive and I really didn't find myself feeling sypmpathy for her teenage angst. I just found her self-centered and spoiled.

Uncle John, Jolene in the nightclub, wasn't a very complete person to my mind. He made random appearances - often in compromising positions - where he often advanced the plot but never spoke in a voice that said 'nightclub owner' or 'drag queen' or even 'estranged uncle'.

The secondary characters were often stereotypes but that's OK in the this type of a farce; The Handsome French waiter, the Dictatorial, obsessed German Chef, the scary but with a heart of gold Bouncer, the overbearing Mother hiding a secret. Unfortunately, the booked wrapped them all up in little packages where their behavior and story lines were by the numbers and in no way unexpected.

This was not an awful book by any means. It was OK. I didn't have to force myself to finish it or anything like that. I was expecting farce. I was expecting a fun frolic. Instead I got pleasant and predictable.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Luz on February 7, 2010
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It was such a waste of money! I really had high hopes for this book but I could not even finish it. In fact, I did not even want it as part of my collection of books at home so I donated it. I thought it had potential at first but as I continued to read on, it got so lame. I rarely write reviews but I had to for this one because I was so disappointed! I was looking for a fun read and this was not it.
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