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Maybe Baby by [Rich, Lani Diane]
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Wacky characters, nonstop action, riotous dialogue and a "large, stinky, green chicken" (aka Kakapo, a rare, nearly extinct parrot) give flight to Rich's latest romantic romp (following Time Off for Good Behavior). Dana Elizabeth Wiley has a world of troubles: the upstate New York family winery has gone belly up due to diseased grapes; her evil adversary, Melanie Biggs, lurks in the shadows to buy the place; and her mother, who she had hoped would co-sign for a loan, is flat broke. If that isn't enough, Dana's hunky ex-fiancé, Nick Maybe, is suddenly back in her life after she dumped him six years earlier for having a premarital indiscretion with Melanie. These days Nick is running a Manhattan wine shop while doing "favors" for Dana's mom, Babs, in a subconscious effort to make amends. Babs is a bit of a modern-day Robin Hood. She, with Nick's assistance, arranges to steal valuables from wealthy clients at their request (and with their help) so they can cash in on insurance policies. While the frenzied tempo can short-circuit the brain cells at times, and the action is often more slapstick than believable, the merriment keeps the pages turning.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1691 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: StoryWonk; 1 edition (February 13, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 13, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078W0PR6
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lani Diane Rich has written another winner. Once again, her characters are great, her dialog snappy and witty and the book zooms along at light speed. Definitely another finish-it-in-one-sitting type book, which is a rare, rare thing for me these days.

I loved Dana and how she works so hard to avoid having to deal with what needs to be dealt with, but finally realizes a wake up call when it thumps her on the head. And Nick is a great hero, not perfect, but real and caring and always heroic in the ways that really count. The author does a great job of showing how they've never really gotten over each other, and I found myself totally believing in these characters and the issues that kept them apart.

MAYBE BABY is full of great secondary characters, too. Finn, as the good hearted two bit thief, and Dana's mother Babs is a hoot! Delightfully ditzy, but with a deep core of true humanity and understanding that makes her multi-dimensional.

The bird caper is a delightfully quirky plot vehicle for the wake up call that thrusts Nick and Dana back into each other's lives so they're forced to come to terms, but it never overshadows the emotion of the story or the characters.

I can't recommend this book or this author highly enough. Thank God she writes fast!!
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MAYBE BABY is a delightful and fun read. A fast paced tale of a resurrected relationship and repeated bird-napping. Nick Maybe and Dana Wiley draw you into their dilemmas, the secondary characters like Babs, Finn, and Mr Sanders (aka Horshack) keep things stirred up.

Jill
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Characters were good, kind of comic-book-like. There is a happy ending with romance, but I wanted an epilogue. BTW there are no babies in this book. The plot has to do with different people trying to steal an expensive New Zealand bird.

A favorite trope for me is seeing a couple meet and watching the relationship develop. This book does not have that. Instead we hear that she ran away during their wedding ceremony because she feared marriage. This story begins six years later. Dana and Nick have been lonely and miss each other. Now they are on a project together to rescue Dana’s mother.

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Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 268 pages. Swearing language: strong including religious swear words. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: one brief scene. Setting: current day New York. Copyright: 2005. Genre: contemporary romance, chick lit.

OTHER BOOKS:
I’ve reviewed the following Lani Diane Rich books.
5 stars. Time Off for Good Behavior (you must do the audiobook, the narrator Hillary Hawkins really makes it)
4 ½ stars. Wish You Were Here
4 ½ stars. The Fortune Quilt
3 stars. Crazy in Love
3 stars. Maybe Baby
2 ½ stars. The Comeback Kiss
2 stars. A Little Ray of Sunshine (too sad, teary moments, womens fiction)
2 stars. Ex And The Single Girl
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I can see why this wouldn't strike everyone's fancy. I had it for several months before actually reading it. I've reached the conclusion that you need to be in the mood for it. If you want to read something weighty (along the lines of the Bronte sisters perhaps?), do this author a favor and wait until you're really itching for light comedy. The characters are silly but endearing, the plot is a bit unlikely but fun, the action is overall well paced, and the resolution is satisfying. I, for one, enjoyed the humor ... found myself laughing at least a few times.
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I really liked the "Fortune Quilt" by this same author but was kind of disappointed in this story. I didn't get attached to the characters like I wanted to. I never really cared much about what happened in the story and found myself skimming past pages of text just to finally get to some ending.
It's an alright book and fast to read. The communication between some of the characters is pretty funny and witty which was the best part of the book.
If you like light hearted comedy/romance you'll like this book.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Six years ago when minor accidents frequently occurred just before her wedding to Nick James, Dana Wiley saw them as an omen; she jilted Nick thinking maybe she should not marry at this time. Dana goes to explain to her former fiancé her feelings, but instead catches him with half naked Melanie Biggs, her nemesis since high school. She flees to her Upstate New York winery.

When the grapes become diseased, Dana is forced to shut down the winery.. She takes a job as a secretary at the Rosemont Home of Central New York in Syracuse. There she wonders if she made a mistake when she dropped Nick who she still loves and wonders if maybe she should reconsider. With the grapes okay, but needing money to reopen, Dana journeys to Manhattan to ask her dizzy mom Babs for the capital. There she sees Nick who is assisting Babs with a charity event by stealing a valuable bird a kakapo for her. Upon seeing Dana, Nick, who quit his bartending job at Murphy's to head to California has no maybes, he still loves her and decides to make one last try to win her trust.

Though Babs can drive the Ancient Mariner and readers to drink, fans will appreciate this fine contemporary romance starring a commitment phobic female and the dude who still loves her though he has struck out twice with her. The amusing story line contains a serious element involving failure to communicate, but that is overwhelmed by the antics of the cast. Fans of offbeat romantic romps will enjoy MAYBE BABY, but wonder in an age of communication why the lead couple failed to talk to one another.

Harriet Klausner
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