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The Dr Pepper Prophecies (Parker Sisters Book 1) by [Roberts, Jennifer Gilby]
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'If you are looking for a light, funny read this is the one!'
-- Chick Lit Plus

'Some of the scenes ... are just so funny that tears ran down my cheeks.'
-- Badass Book Reviews

'An entertaining and satisfying book with a little romance and a whole load of girl power.'
-- The Indie Bookshelf

'The book is a lot like the beverage for which it's named - sweet, fizzy and fun. Just don't drink Dr. Pepper while you're reading it, because you might end up with soda coming out of your nose.'
-- Chick Lit Central

'Mel is quite hilarious and likeable as a character, you find yourself rooting for her to be successful in her endeavors, but secretly wanting her to fail so you can live through the fallout that surely is to follow.'
-- Drue's Random Chatter

'I can see so much of myself in [Mel] that it's a bit scary!'
-- Chick Lit Reviews and News

'Hilarious and true-to-life quotes, relatable characters and a very sweet plot.'
-- The Bookish Owl

'The supporting characters, Will, Beth, Matt, Julie, and Cynthia are well-defined and quirky in their own right. The way their lives intertwine and get tangled up is so very real in some places and so utterly absurd in others, I couldn't help but laugh with them.'
-- Maryann Miller's It's Not All Gravy

'If like Harriet Smith, the innocent victim of Jane Austen's matchmaking heroine in Emma, you are "one of those, who, having once begun, would be always in love," then after reading The Dr Pepper Prophecies you may well suffer a longterm adoration of author Jennifer Gilby Roberts.'
-- Best Chick Lit

From the Author

How 'The Dr Pepper Prophecies' Came to Be
(Posted to my blog on 3 Oct 2013)

I wrote The Dr Pepper Prophecies at the tender age of 20.  Scary, huh?  At the time I was on my gap year, having finished A-levels.  Strictly speaking it was my second gap year, as I'd gone to Quebec as an exchange student after my GCSEs.  I was in France taking lessons in French (oddly enough).  I'd signed up for mornings only, thinking that full days would be a bit much, so I had plenty of free time and needed something to do with it.

This was spring, but in the summer I was doing a week-long summer school in creative writing at Oxford University Summer School for Adults.  This is a lot less prestigious than it sounds, as all you have to do to get in is pay (it's not cheap, but I wholeheartedly recommend it).  So, I decided I was going to spend my afternoons writing a novel.

I'd written plenty of stories over the years.  Much of that was fanfiction, in genres such as Lord of the Rings and the sci-fi show Farscape.  My experience of writing original fiction was limited.  As I recall, I first wrote a YA novel (which I will have to read back at some point, although I don't think it was very good).

Then I picked up a copy of Can You Keep a Secret? by the queen of chick lit Sophie Kinsella - which remains my favourite of her novels - and laughed my arse off.  I'd never liked books written in the first person before, and hadn't written anything in that style, but I decided then and there to write a book like hers.

Before going to France, I was a temp in an insurance claims office, which was going downhill rapidly while I was there (nothing to do with me, I assure you).  I have to admit I was thinking of it when I wrote Mel's workplace, although none of the people I worked with appear in the book (I promise).  The rest of the book is imagination.  I don't have a lifelong best friend like Will, although when I read the book again before publication, I was struck by the number of similarities between him and my husband - who I hadn't yet met when I wrote it.

The book is based loosely on Emma by Jane Austen.  There's one really good reason for that: it was on the reading list for the creative writing class I was taking!  I hadn't read it before, although I had read Pride and Prejudice, which I refer to several times in the book.  Like everyone in my generation (and a few others I think), I loved the BBC adaptation with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy.  One day maybe I'll write my own version of that.

I wrote about two-thirds of the book in France, in about four weeks, and the rest scene-by-scene over a few months when I got back (I was working, so had less time).  I was tremendously proud to have completed a novel.  I still am.  I think it was my greatest achievement so far, although it's been superseded since then.

Over the years, I spent a lot of time editing it.  I always planned to send it out to agents, but I was never happy with it.  Perhaps if I had it would have been published years ago.  Or perhaps I would just have a nice stack of rejection letters.  I suspect I'm better off publishing now.  Putting your work out there for people to read and criticise is not easy and I think I would have had a harder time coping with it at 20 than I do now at 30.

Anyway, it's now out in the world for you to read.  I hope you like it.

Why I Write Chick Lit
(Posted to my blog on 3 Apr 2014)

I was given (read: I chose) Longbourn by Jo Baker for Mother's Day.  It's a sort-of-retelling of Pride & Prejudice, from the point of view of the household servants.  It's a wonderful book, but at one point I found myself feeling really down, because I felt that my books just couldn't compare to it.  No rich detail in mine.  No beautiful descriptions.  Some drama, but not on that scale. Generally predictable plots.  Chick lit, in other words.

The thing is, though, my books don't need that.  I write contemporary fiction, so I don't need to include lots of detail about what life is like for my characters as my readers already know.  As for beautiful descriptions - honestly, I tend to skip a lot of them when I'm reading. Just give me the bare bones and I'll make my own mental pictures.  I don't think I'm alone in that.  If I had no imagination, I wouldn't be reading fiction.  It's the plot and the characters I'm interested in.

But the thing that really made me feel good about what I write was that I felt bad when I finished the book.  Although the end was happy, the whole thing painted a picture of bleakness.  Harsh, lonely lives of physical and emotional endurance, where moments of happiness were few and far between.  I spent half the evening feeling teary and depressed. And, you know what, I don't want to write books like that.  I don't want to make people feel like that.

There's plenty of bad in this world.  Most of the media seems to be devoted to reminding us of that.  I don't want to add to that.  I want to make people feel better.  Remind them that there is still much good out there.  That just because today was crap doesn't mean tomorrow will be.  That there's humour to be found in everything.  And that's what chick lit is about.  So that's what I write.

Product Details

  • File Size: 964 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publication Date: May 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CP6GWZE
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Hilarious and enjoyable story by an author who could quickly move to the top ten of chick-lit's favorite authors!

The writing was excellent, the plot was very engaging and the characters became friends you hated to leave behind. While the novel was light and amusing, it also had enough depth to really keep you involved. The homage to Austen's Emma was very well done......just enough to be fun and pique your interest without overworking it. The situations Mel finds herself in have you laughing out loud by yourself!

I certainly hope there will be many more novels from Jennifer Gilly Roberts. Perhaps one that lets us know what happens to Mel Parker and her friends and family next.
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★★★The Dr Pepper Prophecies by Jennifer Gilby Roberts

I was given this R2R in exchange for my honest review.

Mel is in her late twenties, with a go nowhere job, and a string of failed romances. She is pretty much a complete failure in the eyes of her picture perfect family. But regardless of all her attempts gone horribly wrong, she keeps going, and tries to help everyone on the way.

Will is her best friend of 25 years. He smart, good looking, has a respectable job, and is stable. He would be the perfect husband, but they are just friends. Anyways, he is dating the she-devil, whom Mel can not stand. She wants Mel out of his life. But Will always supports Mel, through all her foolishness.

There were many funny moments. Mel just seemed to attract crazy, and if it could go wrong it did. This book was all over the place, from happy, sad, humiliating, awe, psychotic, WTF, and a few cases of mellow dramatics.

This was a okay book, but there was something very serious, that was just sort of brushed off, which is an horrible example. This was inexcusable to me. Why bring it up, if it is not going to be handled correctly.

I had some other issues with it, as well. This book is slow. It just drug on and on. Partly due to the fact that the author is obsessed with sugar. Now I love chocolate, don't get me wrong, it runs in my veins. Apparently the author did not get the memo on the over use of the words chocolate, sugar, Cadbury, and cola. There is seriously like 20 pages worth of sweets, that could be removed, and the story would have progressed fine. I'm pretty sure I gained about 30 lbs, just reading about all of it.

I also found the story wrap up to be poorly done. While everything else in the book was drawn out, the ending was just slapped together. I feel cheated on a proper ending, and I'm left hanging with too many unanswered questions.

Thank you to the author for showing me Mel's crazy life.
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The problem with using the template of a well known story is that everyone knows how the book will end. So once I figured out that The Dr Pepper Prophecies was a retelling of Jane Austen's Emma (no secret here, one of the characters is aptly name Knightley) I knew exactly where the characters would end up. But what I didn't know, was how they would get there and that is what I enjoyed most about this book.

Poor Mel Parker just can't catch a break. No matter her good intentions, she is the walking embodiment of Murphy's Law and for some reason, watching her life crumble around her is absolutely hilarious. Meddling and over helpful, Mel cannot refrain from becoming everyone's least favorite life coach but her heart is in the right place. Even though the book is light hearted and entertaining, Mel's relationship with her family is heartbreaking and I was impressed with the surprising depth in what seemed at first a fun confection of a novel. I would definitely read more by this author.

Very enjoyable and a perfect summer read!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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The Dr. Pepper Prophecies is a Modern-Day Emma set in England. The characters are flawed and funny. I thought the author did a good job of following Jane Austen's intentions for the character of Emma (Mel in this) while making it her own.
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Please note: The `review' of this book (which was donated to The Magnolia Blossom Review for the sole purpose of a review) was completed by Glynis Rankin based on the Rubric designed by the owner of The MBR, L. Avery Brown. If you would like to read the entire review which includes an in depth author interview - please visit The Magnolia Blossom Review's site online today!

And Now for the Review...
(Review by Glynis Rankin)

1. Book Title... 5 of 10
For the Reviewer: Did it grab your attention right away? Was it ho hum? What do you think the author might consider for future book titles? (You should have plenty of space for each item on the form as I think I set it up for the boxes to 'grow'.

Response: The name did grab me. Although I knew it was a romantic comedy, I still thought that perhaps it was going to be something more, well, prophetic. If the name had a certain reference to something it was loss on me.

2. Book Cover... 6 of 10
For the Reviewer: Did it grab your attention? Was it ho hum? What do you think the author might consider for future book covers? Did it help make the title more effective

Response: The cover was cute, but did nothing to explain the title. I would suggest a collaboration of the name with the cover to enhance the effect.

3. First 500... 9 of 10
For the Reviewer: Thinking of the first 500 (usually about 2 pages) words of the book, do you think the author provided enough incentive to urge the reader to continue? What stood out to you the most? Were you captivated after a couple of paragraphs? Did the 1st sentence grab you? Did you get to around the 500 word mark and didn't have a clue where the story was going?
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