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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1544628404
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- Publication Date: March 20, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XRSN982
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Seriously, where has this author been hiding?! I feel like I found the Holy Grail of romantic comedy that’s been buried in the deep recesses of cyberspace. It’s time to dig out this gem and shine some light on it so it’s innate brilliance can be seen and appreciated by the world! This book deserves to be at the top of the USA Today and NY Times Best Sellers Lists with millions of adoring fans cheering for it as it walks onto the stage to receive its RITA award. Even readers who aren’t a fan of romance will fall in love with “Good Girl’s Guide.”
This book truly has something for everyone. In an overflowing sea of billionaire/biker/cowboy/ mafia/SEAL alphas, a trucker, teacher, school psychologist and sex phone operator rise to the top. Yes, I said sex phone operator, but it’s not what you think. Okay, maybe it is what you think. Sort of. But I’ll give you a little background.
East is a part-time school psychologist who, through a series of misfortunes, finds herself hitching a ride with a trucker to get across the country for a job interview in idyllic, small-town New England. Ansel is a history teacher on leave after a traumatic event, filling his time driving a truck and trying to deal with the aftermath of his former life. Did I mention that East takes a job as a sex phone operator? It was the only job she could find to finance her move across the country that she could actually do while on the road. As Ansel and East travel together, their past experiences are revealed as their attraction for each other grows.
With a reference to Venus fly traps (only not Venus), dealing with an obstinate truck door key during East’s “professional” phone conversation, and a brief horse/girl crush, the story is told with quirky wit, sharp intelligence, sweet vulnerability and amazing imagery. It grabbed me from the first page, had me laughing out loud several times in the first chapter, got me invested in the struggles of Ansel and East, and had me cheering for their individual personal growth as they traveled farther from home and closer to each other. It was the perfect balance of push-pull, priceless comedy and zany hilarity, sexual tension and insecurity, and warm-blanket-on-a-cold-winter-night coziness that made it impossible to put down. This is a tale of battling personal demons, overcoming past failures, letting go of protective devices and finding love in the midst of human imperfection.
It must be destiny that I found this book. Out of the dozens of books I read each month, it is truly the best I’ve read in ages, and I can’t wait to read more in this genre from Alice Faris, who also writes paranormal under the pen name Tina Gower. This book was a breath of fresh air and serves to remind that we, as flawed humans, have value and that working to improve ourselves may not be an easy process but the pay-off is always worth it. The serious message, softened with wittiness and off-the-wall humor, make it a work that cannot disappoint. I will tell you that the author has drawn on her own personal experience for one of these characters’ situations, but you’ll have to read the book to the end in order to find out whether Ms. Faris has been a teacher, a trucker, a psychologist, or a sex phone operator in a past life.
If you enjoy reading authors like Sandra Hill, Christy Craig, or Alice Clayton, you’ll love “Good Girl’s Guide.” It’s worth the read just for the comedy alone, and you won’t be disappointed. Go on. Click. You know you want to!
If you're looking for a fun, surprisingly thoughtful read--nab this book. I'm not surprised that it was a finalist for the Golden Heart. Would love to see more romance books from this author!!
There was no shortage of zany hijinks in this story. Just when things are going quasi-smoothly, something unexpected happens. If you've seen the movie "Little Miss Sunshine", that Murphy's Law road trip aspect appears in this story also.
At o time did I feel the plot drag, nor did I get bored with this book. None of these characters would be considered too stupid to live and I didn't find myself wanting to call anyone a moron. In this genre, that can be rare.
East is a girl with a lot of grit and the ability to roll with the punches. She does her best, but sometimes that backfires on her.
Ansel...he's got some issues that he's working through and it was great that he opened up to East and allowed her to help him on the road to healing. I also loved that Ansel knew what he wanted and made his intentions known. He didn't expect East to read his mind and he didn't wait around or hem and haw. He didn't get angsty and doubt himself. He actually communicated.
East's upbringing didn't make her the most trusting of people...but she always managed to land on her feet. She was strong when he was weak, he was strong when she was weak. They didn't complete each other but they DID compliment each other. That's a more realistic love match anyway. There wasn't an insta-love factor here either.
More realistically, there was attraction and insta-lust...but they did get to know each other. Overall, this was a delightful read and I'm excited to see what this author does next. If she delivers as strong a read as this one, it will be another excellent smexy read. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
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