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The Romancipation Of Maggie Hunter (Red Dress Ink Novels) Paperback – July 1, 2007

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Sigaloff, author of Like Mother, Like Daughter (2006), tackles the romantic lives of two very different friends in her latest venture. Maggie's perspective on "happily ever after" changed dramatically after she discovered her live-in boyfriend was cheating on her shortly before he died in a tragic accident. Three years later, Maggie, 32, is dating her university crush, Max French, but when he asks her to move in with him, she's reluctant to give up her freedom. Her best friend, Eloise, is in the opposite boat: she would love to get her independent boyfriend, Jake, to settle down. After Maggie decides to move in with Max, Eloise convinces her to rent her flat out to Jake, thinking that if Jake leaves the flat he's currently sharing with several of his friends, he'll mature a bit. The move and the characters' various pursuits produce unexpected results. Astute readers will probably see the resolution coming, but there's no denying that it's an inventive and daring one for the chick-lit/romance genre. Huntley, Kristine

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"unusually daring" Big Issue "funny, heart-warming" Company "highly enjoyable" Closer" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Red Dress Ink Novels
  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Red Dress Ink; English Language edition (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373895496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373895496
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,879,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Sicotte on September 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a voracious reader, it takes a lot to make me toss a book down before I've finished it. But this book irked me so terribly that I simply could not continue reading. The pace was turtle-like, I had no wish to spend dozens of pages learning about HOW the heroine got to the current point in her life, and the dialogue did not ring true. When two women are together chatting, how often would they use the word "purport"? I'm well educated and I don't speak that way with my girlfriends, ever.

I was very disappointed by this book. For being Sigaloff's 5th novel, I was surprised by the atrociousness of it. The writing was strained and tried far too hard to be funny... which it wasn't. Maggie came off flat and completely unsympathetic. This book will go into the library charity box. Fifteen dollars wasted.
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By Nikkie on April 4, 2008
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I went out and bought this book in October or November of last year and started reading it then. I just now finished it. It was extremely hard to get through. The chapters dragged on. The characters were boring. The plot was predictible. Don't waste your money on this one. I only gave it a two because it began to pick up near the end.
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I've loved most of Jane Sigaloff's other books so I have no doubts when purchasing this latest book of hers.
It was way too long and the story drags on and on. It was rather boring. I couldn't read it all the way through to finish it, so I skipped to the end and read the epilogue.
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I really enjoyed this book. It's romantic comedy with a twist and I think it is the perfect read for the twenty-first century girl. I'll bet there's plenty of women out there who can relate to this.
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Maggie Hunter feels she is living her dreams. Her career is on the rise and she has a caring boyfriend Max French. Perhaps the only problem in her idyllic life is Max who demands more of her while she wants to give less of her. He wants her to move in with him; this sounds like a commitment to someone who prefers to go to her home and he to go to his at the end of the night. Beside which where would she place her shoes.

Maggie's best friend Eloise wants to move in with her boyfriend Jake, but he prefers separate homes though he is willing to share a weekend with her; he thinks sharing a place 24/7 means commitment and he is not ready for that. Maggie wonders if she and Eloise could exchange boyfriends so the commitment duo can commit and the commitment phobias can keep the distance. She knows soon she and Max, and Eloise and Jake will have decisions that she hopes to put off, but boyfriend swapping is apparently not one of the options.

This entertaining chick lit romance stars a confused woman who does not want to hurt anyone, yet is not ready to commit to a deeper relationship with her boyfriend of three years. Maggie's description of Max is terrific and enables audience to focus on her issues as she realizes boys want to pay for his drinks and girls would willingly give away their virginity for a night with him, so why does she have doubts. Although somewhat padded (the story line not the bra), this modernizing of the escapades of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice make for a fine look at the dating scene fifty years after the Lycra revolution.

Harriet Klausner
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