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Priced to Move (Shop-Til-U-Drop, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ginny Aiken
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Gemologist Andrea Adams is suffering a bad case of burnout at her plum job in the New York Diamond District. So she swaps the Big Apple for Louisville, Kentucky, and joins the S.T.U.D. television shopping network as its newest host. When she's paired up with a hunky but clueless Ken doll of a cohost, Andrea wonders if she made the right move. Top it all off with foul play, a trip to Myanmar, and lots and lots of rubies, and you've got a story any woman would like to read. This exciting and fast-paced novel kicks off Ginny Aiken's Shop-Til-U-Drop Collection.

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She Thought She Was Leaving the Rat Race Behind... Gemologist Andie Adams is suffering a bad case of burnout in her stress-filled job in New York. So she jumps at the chance to ditch her wormy corner of the Big Apple for a home in Kentucky with her lovable but off-the-wall Aunt Weeby. After all, things should be slower paced in Kentucky--right? Wrong. Andie reluctantly joins the Shop-Til-U-Drop Network as its newest jewelry and gemstone show host. Sparks fly between her and the know-nothing (but drop-dead gorgeous) jock they've hired as her cohost. And when Andie's job exposes her to a international investigation, the mayhem escalates during an exotic journey. Explosions, missing gems, sabotage--life was never this exciting in New York! Former newspaper reporter Ginny Aiken discovered books at a very early age, writing her first novel at age fifteen. She is the author of the Silver Hills Trilogy and the Deadly Décor Mysteries. A frequent speaker at women's events and writers' conferences, Ginny lives with her husband and four sons in Pennsylvania.

About the Author

Former newspaper reporter Ginny Aiken discovered books at a very early age, writing her first novel at age fifteen. She is the author of the Silver Hills Trilogy and the Deadly Décor Mysteries. A frequent speaker at women's events and writers' conferences, Ginny lives with her husband and four sons in Columbia, Pennsylvania.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1580 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,430,409 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Book's Got It All! September 1, 2009
Okay, I confess that I am completely and hopelessly now addicted to chick-lit. I just love, love, LOVE it! Since I fully intend to read much more of it in the future, I'm definitely going to have to be on the lookout for new authors and good recommendations for existing releases that are out there. As for this author....I've read some of her other books in the past, and really enjoyed them, but I had no idea that she had branched out into chick-lit. Thank goodness, she's written a whole series--not just one book--so I can get a good fill of chick-lit from an author that is already an A+ in my book. :o)

This book has several things that I just love. First of all, Andie works with diamonds and gemstones all the time. Seriously, is there any other job out there greater than that for a girl?!?! Then, on top of that, she's been offered an incredible opportunity in Louisville (of all places) to work for the Shop-Til-U-Drop (S.T.U.D.) Network as their jewelry host. So, she gets to be around all this jewelry AND be on tv...just too cool, in my opinion. And, just to keep it even more interesting, there's a little mystery thrown in there and what seems like might be a developing romance. Since there's 2 other books in the series, I expect that possible romance to play out furthur a little later on. Oh, and let me not forget to mention that this book is set in the south. Andie's travels do take her to a couple of other places around the world, but the fact that home for her is now in Kentucky puts a whole new spin on things.

I also got a kick out of the supporting characters. Aunt Weeby, Andie's aunt, is hilarious! She is a southern gal to the core, and has an opinion on practically everything.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Annoying herione July 11, 2012
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The "Christian" heroine was snobby and constantly insulting people. She never sets foot in a church and doesn't bat an eye while explaining that her career is based on making her bosses rich on the backs of men in third world countries who work in dangerous mines for far less than a living wage. This is okay becasue God made those pretty rocks she likes. She mostly comes across as someone who talks to herself a lot and uses the word "Lord" while doing so. I think this would annoy both those hoping for a Chritian message and those prefering to avoid religious mentions.

As for the plot, there's really no romance, unless you count the frequent reminders that her co-host is good-looking. This might be okay for fans of cozy mysteries, but I didn't find the mystery aspect very believable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great start for this awesome series! July 29, 2009
By Valerie
Andrea "Andie" Adams is a master gemologist, and proud of it. She works in the high-stress diamond district in New York, and has three ulcers to prove it. Thinking a lower stress situation might be better, she jumps at the chance to quit her job and move back to Kentucky when her aunt breaks a leg and needs some assistance.

Not long after Andie arrives in Kentucky, she finds that Aunt "Weeby" and her best friend Mona are already scheming on Andie's behalf. Needing a job anyway, she decides to go along with their crazy idea to be the jewelry and gemstone host for Mona's TV Shopping network. Things go fine until Andie is introduced to her gorgeous co-host, Max, five minutes before her first show. Co-host? Andie was supposed to be the only host for the show!

It quickly becomes apparent that Max knows absolutely nothing about jewelry or gemstones, and he seems determined to rub Andie the wrong way by displaying that fact several times during each show. Things escalate from there...murder...a trip to an exotic poverty stricken country...missing rubies...flying bullets.... these might not be the typical ingredients for a chic-lit, but it works! And through it all, Mr. Magnificent (as Andie secretly calls him) Max continues to display his lack of gemstone knowledge.

My opinion: This was a really enjoyable Christian Chick-Lit read. Andrea "Andie" is a pretty fun character whose sarcastic mouth often gets the better of her. Max's lack of gemstone knowledge is often humorous and fun, but I felt that Andie was really too hard on him. He is not a "know-nothing jock" (as Andie puts it) -- he's not unintelligent in the least -- he just doesn't have a bunch of gemstone degrees from different colleges like Andie does.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good story, bad romance February 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Interestingly quirky characters, and a fresh (for me, anyway) premise of delving into gemology.
I enjoyed the writer's style. She also left reasonable doubt as to exactly who the main bad guy was.

Unfortunately, what drastically dampened my enthusiasm for the book, was the disgustingly 2-dimensional beefcake "love interest".

Especially for an allegedly Christian book.. the way the main character just superficially lusted after mr "6ft 2, eyes of blue", was... ugh.
Very Anti-Christian.
In my opinion, would have been better to drop the beefcake entirely.
I'd prefer to give this 3.5 stars. but I'll round up
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not even sure it was worth it for FREE April 26, 2012
By Ann
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It's hard to critique a free download, but this book was pretty lousy. It was so poorly written I was unsure what parts of the story line were relevant and which were just interesting background tidbits. The detailed information on gemstones was interesting but the character development left a great deal to be desired. Unfortunately, not really worth your time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Priced to Move.
This is a good mystery and you can learn a little something about gems when you read it. I like Ms Aiken's writting.
Published 2 months ago by Nancy Bergman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great storyline.
This was a great story.I enjoyed it very much. It was a little hard to follow in places. I would read another of her books.
Published 3 months ago by Texas gal
5.0 out of 5 stars cute clean mystery
This was a cute mystery and positive in its message. Suitable for teens and of course adults it carries a positive Christian outlook
Enjoyable and funny a light summer... Read more
Published 3 months ago by karin kightlinger
3.0 out of 5 stars mediocre
a beach novel or time killer. no best seller here. was a free download so i lost nothing but time.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Argh!
The positive to this book is it had enough of a mystery that kept me reading. However, and I really hate being negative, that's where the positive ended for me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JAB
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable!
I've enjoyed all the books I've read by Ginny Aiken and have read all the books in this collection. Her books are light-hearted, they bring a smile to my face, and she's a very... Read more
Published 6 months ago by K.S. Shelby
4.0 out of 5 stars FUN READ
I thought the story was interesting with twists and turns. I immediately warmed up to the quirkiness of the characters. It kept me interested until the end.
Published 8 months ago by Julie Seedorf
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of Priced to Move
I enjoyed this book. It had a good story line with many references to faith and God. It is a good love story without all the sex that's in so many books now.
Published 14 months ago by Nora Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
Truly enjoyed! The characters were fun and diverse and the story line was easy to follow. I will be reading more by Ginny Aiken.
Published 14 months ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Priced to Move
A very easy read. Enjoyed learning about gems. The plan of salvation clearly presented. No foul language or sex scenes.
Published 15 months ago by Julie Tracey
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