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From Publishers Weekly

Cook updates the themes of love and disenchantment that drove Life's a Beach and Must Love Dogs in her latest beacher. Bella Shaughnessy, a makeup artist whose solace in times of hardship is finding just the right lipstick to match her mood, gets a divorce and quits men after discovering that her husband of 10 years has been seeing her younger half-sister, Sophia. During a wedding job, she gets stuck with dog-sitting Precious (who looked kind of like a flying squirrel) and quickly gets so attached that she takes drastic measures to keep the dog. Can other kinds of attachment be far behind, as cute and easygoing Sean Ryan enters the picture? Sufficient comedy and romance keep readers entertained until the last page. (June)
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Bella Shaughnessy and her large extended family, including ex-wives and half-siblings, all work in her father’s chain of Boston salons as hairdressers and makeup artists. While business is up, the same cannot be said for Bella, since her half-sister Sophia is now dating her ex-husband Craig. Sophia also gets all the good clients, prepping senators for TV while Bella is stuck with ungrateful brides who leave their dogs and wild kids with her to babysit. She meets an entrepreneur named Sean Ryan at a career fair who gets under her skin as he simultaneously gives her an idea for a business venture to separate her from her crowded family of stylists. Bella struggles to find her place within her family and ease herself into the idea of a new relationship while always finding the right shade of lipstick for her mood. A brisk story, Summer Blowout is primed, like Cook’s previous novel Must Love Dogs (2002), to become a big-screen romantic comedy. --Hilary Hatton

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  • File Size: 676 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (June 3, 2008)
  • Publication Date: June 3, 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001A16X68
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,790 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hi and thanks so much for discovering my books!

Reinvention is the story of my books and my life. I wrote my first novel in my minivan at 45. At 50, I walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of my second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack.

I'm now the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of 14 books. If you have a buried dream, trust me, it is NEVER too late!

I've reinvented myself again by turning Must Love Dogs into a series and writing my first nonfiction book Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention (#1 Amazon Bestseller Women's Personal Growth!) to share everything I've learned on my own journey that might help you in your own. I've also started my own company, Marshbury Beach Books, to rerelease seven of my backlist books as well as three new ones, so I'm officially a hybrid author, both traditionally and independently published.

Some of the nice things that have been said about my work: "The exuberant and charming Claire Cook is one of the sassiest and funniest creators of contemporary women's fiction," according to The Times-Picayune. People magazine said my writing "goes down as easy as it sounds," Good Housekeeping called it "laugh-out-loud," Redbook "gleefully quirky" and the Chicago Tribune "funny and pitch perfect." Shelf Awareness said, "Claire Cook (Must Love Dogs) has built a brand writing light-hearted women's fiction blending kernels of the absurd and comedic in compulsively readable combinations."

I was a teacher for sixteen years before writing my first book. I was born in Virginia, and lived for many years in Scituate, Massachusetts, a beach town between Boston and Cape Cod. My husband and I have recently moved to the suburbs of Atlanta to be closer to our two adult kids, who actually want us around again!

I have the world's most fabulous readers, and I'm forever grateful to you all for giving me the gift of this career.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Violet Quill on June 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Claire Cook has done it again! It seems as though she's created her own genre: wonderful. moving, and breezy summer reads. How could anyone resist Bella Shaughnessy, the newly single entrepreneur who, after swearing off men, finds herself falling for one? I've always appreciated comfort food; what I didn't know until I read Claire Cook's novels is that there was such a thing as comfort reads. She's the sort of writer who hides her great talents behind her all-too-human characters, almost all of whom operate from a profound sense of goodwill and, despite their trials and tribulations, optimism. You can't finish this book without a smile on your face and a burning desire to read more Claire Cook novels.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Foglia on June 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"Summer Blowout" is about Bella, a hairdresser, in an Irish (spelled I-t-a-l-i-a-n) family of hairdressers. The story is similar to a perfectly seasoned marinara sauce; with a pinch of hope, heartache, determination, wit and love -- with an extra pinch of humor (to "boot"). For dessert there is the little dog named, Cannoli, that Bella adopts--sort of. It's a great read and even has some cosmetic tips I found useful. I really enjoyed it!!

--A Foglia

SUMMER BLOWOUT
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Janice A. Belmonte on July 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Claire Cook has again succeeded in creating a funny, nostalgic and satisfying summer read. This book has all the ingredients you want to accompany a beach chair and a few cans of cold beer on an afternoon ALONE at the beach; romance, slapstick comedy, family relationships and by the way, a few good tips on starting a new business and doing your own marketing. I not only greatly enjoyed this story, I learned something while I was at it! I love the way Claire develops characters through dialogue - it makes them come alive and also makes them soooo real. I loved Bella, the heroine. She so reminds me of one of my best friends - she says the things I aways want to say but can't quite bring myself to blurt out. Claire, I've read all your books so far and can't wait for the next one. You are living my dream!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Candace L. Hammond on June 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm a journalist on Cape Cod who received an advance copy of Claire Cook's most recent book, "Summer Blowout."

I've interviewed Claire several times, and have read all five of her books. I find Claire to be a complete delight, and I think that "Summer Blowout" is her best book yet - and this from someone who has long held on to "Must Love Dogs" as my absolute favorite Claire Cook book.

"Summer Blowout" will be the must-read book this summer. I would encourage readers to grab a copy of this book, a tube of their favorite lipstick, and prepare to be delighted and transported to the delightful world of the Shaughnessy's - the most entertaining faux-Italian/Irish clan you'll ever meet.

Candace Hammond
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ladyslott VINE VOICE on June 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've read Must Love Dogs by Ms. Cook and generally enjoyed it. This book however seemed like a re-hash of that book, although not quite as charming.

We have Bella, recently divorced, part of a rather large and slightly eccentric family with step-mothers, step-siblings, an over the top father, it all feels `been there, done that'. It has some appealing moments, including Bella's dog-napping of her one true friend Precious the Chihuahua. There is a meet cute of who is obviously the soon to be new man in Bella's life, complications with the ex who is now with her sister, but it all seems a little forced. It was an appealing little book, pure fluff and nice for a day at the beach.

As a side note I found the constant product mentions very distracting- MAC, Maybelline, Paul Mitchell, OPI - with no signs of stopping, it was kind of annoying after awhile.
Cute but forgettable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MT's reviews on July 13, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is my second book by Claire Cook. I loved the funny, right on the spot witty writing. I can tell she spends quite some time doing her homework about the book subjects before writing her books. Had a great laugh when reading about the flight to Atlanta with Cannoli, Bella's dog. I've travelled many times with my dog on the plane and him in the cargo area. It's an ordeal, just as she describes it.Fun, entertaining and easy to follow stories. My kindle has now a Claire Cook collection.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julia on August 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've tried to read this woman's books before and have always given up. There's just too much fluff. Now, I'm a huge fan of chick lit but this was just too much. I liked the main character Bella but the plot was so obviously predictable. And there wasn't a whole lot going on elsewhere to keep me interested. I thought the whole makeup idea/theme was really cool because I'm a makeup buff. But there were too many product mentions that were over done. So I've given up halfway through and skimmed the rest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mint910 VINE VOICE on August 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Bella Shaughnessy works at her family salon(s) with her brother and four sisters (two of them half). And also her two stepmothers, thought we see them much less. Her over the top father runs the whole business. He's been obsessed with Italy forever even though they are of Irish ancestry. If this isn't the setup for a hilarious story I don't know what is. I immediately thought of the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and all the inter family antics.

Bella has been divorced from her ex-husband Craig for about a year now ever since, while they were separated he starting sleeping with/going out with her half-sister Sophia. This understandably creates some family tension.

At a college fair where the salon has a booth, Bella meets a man by the name of Sean Ryan who turns her onto the idea of creating beauty kits. Through this interaction they begin a friendship and maybe even more.

Now all these human characters are great, but Precious/Cannoli the dog takes the cake. I can't remember ever loving or wanting a dog this much! She has so much personality!

The story is pretty simple and straight forward. I think the book really shines when it is just Bella being herself or making observations. I love the part of the "Silly Siren" bride and family whom no one can understand when they speak. Bella is just funny!

I really enjoyed this book and definitely want to read more by author Claire Cook.
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