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Helen of Pasadena Paperback – October 15, 2010
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Well done, Lian Dolan! I'm looking forward to the next one!
I considered that maybe the author wanted to shed light onto the type of people that make up Pasadena's elite and I wasn't supposed to like Helen. While it takes place in Pasadena, referring to common landmarks/events such as the Huntington or Rose Parade, the author did not have the guts to name real private schools in the area opting to substitute with fakes. Nor did the book alude to anything more substantial than what could be read out of a Pasadena visitors guide.
In the end, it was no more than a poorly written romance with a caricature of a Professor.
Take the underlying "Troy" myth and the author's careful but clever exploration of why Helen of Troy may indeed have launched a thousand ships. Take the interesting and educational references to just how and why archeologists do what they do. Take the different slant (positive and respectful) of a woman who's working hard to juggle motherhood, work, friendship, romance . . . and an interest in classical Greek stuff.
Put all of that together with some great writing, some laugh-out-loud humor, and some characters that every mom will recognize from her own life, and you've got a winner of a book here. Here's hoping that Julia Roberts plays Helen in the movie.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice easy read that entertains enough to make you want to read more.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
'Helen of Pasadena' is clever and fun, with the happy ending required of "fluff." I read it in one day.Published 2 months ago by alisonwonderland
A fun silly book about a "recovering" widow in Pasadena. As a former Pasadenian, I loved all the references to real places and events.Published 3 months ago by Jilly
Fun book to read. Especially if you are familiar with Pasadena.Published 8 months ago by BEVERLY J LEE
Read this after "Elizabeth the First Wife". Enjoyed it just as much. Another one I was sorry to see end!Published 14 months ago by Swh
Liane Dolan's Helen of Pasadena is a light hearted story told with humor. I enjoyed the characters (well written) and the storyline (perfect pitch of real and over the top). Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kim Howard