- File Size: 542 KB
- Print Length: 186 pages
- Publisher: Elaine Raco Chase (September 21, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 21, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009FEDS1A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,038,230 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Best Laid Plans (Romantic Comedy) Kindle Edition
|Length: 186 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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Stop at an attractive cover of a romantic lure; Best Laid Plans. By Elaine Raco Chase, open to the first page and found my soothing distraction.
It starts with an ambitious young woman orchestrating a cancer fundraiser as a fashion designer of the setting of New Orleans. She flashes back in time and had plans to be the best fashion designer of NY and Paris and planned to owed her own boutique in eight years, and now her dreams were achieved.
He, her best friend come to visits her to offer her attractive proposition. They thought back of the memories when they attended NYU and when she was she is team up with her orientation buddy and he is a hard headed Texan who was studying to be a lawyer. Through the tumult bonding of college, they discover a safe harbour in each other company through the college and lives woes.
They lost touch with each other as their lives become busy and yet know with insight when they need each other, and come back together. This time the friend is be her lifeline. The plot is set in elegant scenery of NY, Paris, New Orleans and Texas.
The author has the touch of written details, to be attractive and descriptive of the surrounding, and culture and traditions of each location, it is like you are sitting in a cafe in Paris or New Orleans, and enjoying that latte and watching the artists and others enjoying life. Witness their interactions as they are discussing personal issues among old friends. The reader becomes caught in their memories, of the talented fashion designer and the lawyer and their life experiences and their possible destiny or not.
She is at a crossroad and in a rut; he, her best friend comes to her rescue and offers to swift her away to his ranch for a month.
Yet there are twists, as he realizes she is no longer his adopted sister, she has mature in more ways than he thought, he discover a mystery woman on this visit, and with insight, thought this may be the woman of his dreams. He is in a query, as how to change his bond with her, at the same time, the author is hinting they will be competition, of another suitor and he as a best friend or possibly more will need to express his hidden emotions and make a choice or lose her.
It is sensual, suspenseful and exciting. Highly recommend it.
Amanda Wyatt and Lucas Crosse have been best friends since her freshman year at college. Lucas , as an upperclassman had been her mentor and the two of them hit it off. The story begins years later after she has become a successful business woman in her chosen field of fashion. She owns a very elegant dress shop in New Orleans. Lucas meanwhile has finished law school and has thriving practice in Texas. They have remained friends over the years and stayed in each others lives. Things change when Amanda reaches a point where she has to make some decisions about expanding her business or keeping it as it is. When she talks to Lucas he offers her the chance to take a vacation from her business to think things over;he has a new home in Texas and he would like for her to use her skills to decorate it and make his house a real home. Lucas has ulterior motives because over the years he has come to understand that he loves her and want's to present his case to her. When she arrives to begin work on the house, she begins to suspect that maybe her feelings for him is more than friendship. Now enter Wade Loyd a Texan she meets at a party and to whom she takes an instant like. Amanda soon finds that she has to make big decisions about not only her business but which man she wants to spend her life with. She finally decides and for me the chose the right one. I loved the authors descriptions of New Orleans and I really liked Lucas and Amanda and adding Wade into the mix added just the right amount of tension.
While their relationship dances between `just friends' and perhaps more, other entrants to the game of romance dance about the edges, creating conflict and choices until ultimate decisions must be made.
Again, Elaine has created a winner: from the overt feel of the 80's in reference and innocence, to the beautiful use of alliteration and description that enforce the visual imagery created, this story has so many elements to enjoy that choosing just one is near impossible. As always, her dialogue is spot-on, banter is quick, sharp and realistic, with plenty of humor derived from words and situations . The narration by Jill Arehart is pleasant and smooth, without creating distraction from the story, and enhancing the emotion through small timbre and pitch changes. Her voice seems to delight in the luxe and verdant descriptions of fashion greats, and provides the simple note of tentative hesitation through the spotlighted descriptions that fit so well with the questioning nature of bot h Lucas and Amanda's reactions to one another as the romantic ante is increased.
This is a description rich story, that allows the reader or listener to visualize each element, setting a scene beautifully, and again, presenting the hesitation as they slowly test the waters with one another's reactions. Phrases like "the hand moved left" and "the eyes roamed" all reinforced their internal questions about moving the relationship onto another plane, and were particularly effective for Amanda in all of her encounters, as she is reticent and reserved, not willing to share herself or her heart with men.
Secondary characters are a mixed bag: while I did not like Wade, and found him overbearing and arrogant, Kitty was truly a non-entity both to the story and in Lucas' estimation of her. As a spotlight to the question of platonic or romantic, this story worked on all fronts, and was a wonderful listen for an afternoon, especially for those of us who remember the 80's.
I received an audiobook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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