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November Surprise: A Lucy Bricker Novel by [Osterkamp, Laurel]
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"Well developed and spotlessly executed... a  chick-lit title that charms the reader, and leaves us rooting for Lucy and Monty as if they were friends of our own." -IndieReader.com


"If you are looking for a wonderful romantic story with a political theme, one that parallels and encompasses politics with relationships, then November Surprise is the one for you!" -Jersey Girl Book Reviews

 

"Even if you aren't into politics don't be afraid to grab this book, as it's a lovely romance read... Fab book!" - Chick Lit Plus

 

"It was like a diary with a theme; the people were so realistic and what Lucy went through was something that just about any person can relate to." - Wonderland Reviews

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  • File Size: 1808 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PMI Books (December 10, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TWYW0U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,428 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was fun. With the upcoming election it was interesting seeing this person's life and love unfold over the past twenty years. It was a total throwback thinking of all the old presidents and the B.S. that went along with them. I remember each of their terms and races and to be thrown back into them so vividly through Lucy's eyes was a really fun story. A great idea, great characters, great story, great book.
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Just in time for election season, November Surprise promises you a romantic romp through the last several presidential elections. You'll enjoy the struggle as Lucy tries to hold her own in political posturing and romantic relationships.

You'll laugh and get frustrated as you remember the past six presidential elections complete with Lucy's take on the matter. Her trouble with political foes aligns at times with her dating woes. Sometimes the politics gets in the way, and other times romance gets the vote.

Take some time to have an enjoyable read in this surprising novel that makes politics both fun and romantic. Read it all the way through to an election and a romance that both have endings worth campaigning for.

I highly recommend this book. The story by itself is interesting enough, but the writing carries the day with skillful craft including the most believable dialogue, snarky humor, and real identifiable characters. I know you'll like it.
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This was a super fast and worthwhile read -- especially in election season. Whether or note you agree with Lucy's politics, I hope you'll appreciate her passion and desire to believe in people.

I also really liked the character of Monty. Their relationship complications seemed reasonable to me, and ultimately I found him adorable. I also liked the friendship she had with his brother, Jack. The final scene with all three of them together is so sweet, and ultimately shows the power of friendship and family.

Told unconventionally, it had a big impact. I liked the format, I liked the voice and I liked the takeways. All were approachable while making for a thought-evoking and entertaining read.

This book is a bargain buy for all of the entertainment it provides. If I were one of the TV personalities referenced in this book, I would list it under, "BUY, BUY, BUY."
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"November Surprise" by Laurel Osterkamp is a delightful trip through the life of Lucy from her teens to her late thirties. I found the use of the four year presidential election cycle as mile stones for her life very clever. It was a good tie in to her political activism which is definitely liberal. Since she mixes her passion for politics with her love life and friendships, it is not surprising that inevitable complications arise. Her youthful naiveté about the consistency of her friends and lovers commitment to her and the liberal causes she champions leads to a lot of disillusionment. As she matures she begins to realize that while she and her friends change and can even disagree on political ideals, human friendships and love can hold and even grow stronger. This realization allows her to grow into a more adult relationship with Monty the man she was destined to marry. The many complications the author places in Lucy's life result in a mature women with the chance for a fruitful and fulfilling life. The book is a very good read with some lessons to be learned in this highly charged, polarized political year.

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I sped through November Surprise in a few, short hours. It was a well-written, fast-paced, snappily-dialogued trip down memory lane of the last 20 years of my life. As the main character Lucy revisists each of the last six presidential elections, she provides a fantastic glimpse into the coming-of-age of a whole bunch of Gen X-ers. Like Lucy, 1992 was my first presidential election. (In a weird coincidence, I was like Lucy as well in that on the night of the 2000 election, I was up nursing a pre-root canal aching tooth.) All of the cultural touchpoints in the book were spot-on, and as Lucy tries to capture her feelings/emotions every four years, I think she also mirrors the feelings/emotions of her generation at each of those points.

Aside from the politics and current events, there's also a parallel story about relationships, both platonic and romantic. The whole book was a fun, quick read tht took me on a trip to high school and back again.
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By Shauna Booth on September 21, 2012
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I was delighted to find that Laurel Osterkamp wrote a follow-up novella to "Campaign Promises", where the character of Lucy Jones was first introduced. Lucy really matures in "November Surprise", and as Lucy's perspective grows less myopic, the other characters become more fleshed out for the reader. Monty's not the invincible god that Lucy first believed him to be, and Lucy realizes that she's not a passive participant in her own life. Although the author is obviously liberal, she does a nice job of including differing political views respectfully. I was happy that once again the politics were interwoven in a way that didn't overwhelm the rest of the story. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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November Surprise, the latest novel by Ms. Osterkamp, is a provocative look at the last few decades of elections through the eyes of a woman who has always been fascinated by politics. But Lucy's love is not only for politics. Lucy's political tirades and triumphs are coupled with boyfriend woes and whoopees. The woes begin in high school where Lucy squares off against Reggie in a classroom discussion and an afterhour's party, and follow her through the college years into adulthood and marriage, all the way from Dukakis to Obama. When the Democrats do well, so does Lucy, but oh, those long Republican years really play havoc with her heart.

While romance is not generally my forte, I did enjoy Lucy's challenges with Reggie, Drew, Jack, and Monty, and the use of political metaphors was intriguing. Each of her boyfriends presents her with choices that are much more difficult than who she'll vote for in the current election.

A good read with a steady pace, Lucy's story will have you turning pages as you laugh and cry your way through the last two decades.
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