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- Print Length: 42 pages
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- Publisher: Wendy Scott Books; 1 edition (June 27, 2019)
- Publication Date: June 27, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07TLY84VZ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,661 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Slimmer: A Contemporary Romance Kindle Edition
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Pippa is a single woman who receives a wedding invitation. She recalls that she once had an intense crush on the bride's brother, the ever-dreamy Alex, Wouldn't it be great, she thinks, if she could get in shape, wear an equally dreamy dress, sweep him off his feet at the wedding?
She devises a plan: She'll start losing weight and will impress the ever-lovin' daylights out of Alex. As a side benefit, she'll be more healthy and she and Alex will live happily ever after.
But wait! Just like most people who decide they're going to start (fill in the blank here) an exercise program, a diet, an enhanced sleep program, or a combination thereof, the procrastination bug bites. Pippa's friend Simone makes numerous attempts to help her get on track, even down to the point that she empties Pippa's pantry of any foods that might lead her to temptation.
Pippa has an encounter with what I would call a "Spanx-like" garment that is supposed to help make her at least look slimmer. So many people I know have been there, done that. She tries everything she can think of that will make her either look better or feel better--without her actually following through with a full exercise program or changing her eating habits. Simone chides her, cajoles her, questions her motivation, but Pippa's the one who has to take charge.
I don't want to give many details of the story, but suffice it to say that anyone who reads this will see one's own self--or at least familiar behavior of those around one--who procrastinate, deny and watch time go by as they say they want to accomplish something but whose actions speak louder than their words.
The writer makes everything fun, brings in familiar objects and situations, and brings the reader into that all-too-familiar setting--the wedding reception--with unpredictable results. I recommend this for anyone who needs a brief respite from the challenges we've been facing in the world lately. It's a terrific tonic for the soul.
Pippa’s weight loss journey is supported by her friend, Simone. The various weight loss options she tries made me laugh aloud. Her struggle is totally realistic. I really enjoyed how Simone tries to help her friend by finding different things for Pippa to try, including this concoction discussed below. Only a true friend could offer this type of solution.
<i> “I stirred the red pulp in the bowl. “Stewed tomatoes taste awful.”
“You'll dislike having to wedge yourself into your sheath dress even more if you don't downsize. With less than two weeks until W-day it's time for desperate measures.” She pointed to Alex's picture I'd pinned on the fridge. “Or don't you care anymore? Just give me the nod, and I'll order in a couple of super-sized pizzas, large chips, and chocolate caramel thick shakes. I have a pink duvet cover that could convert into a tent dress.”
Behind her back I mouthed, “I hate you right now,” before plunging the spoon into her tomato stew. The sprinkling of spices did little to improve its bland taste. It had the consistency of snot.
Simone opened my pantry door and began unloading all my groceries into bags, before raiding my fridge.
“Why are you robbing me?” </i>
The primary characters, Pippa and Simone, are well-developed. I could easily relate to this story and I suspect other women will feel the same. I recommend this story for its interesting approach to a problem many women face as well as the witty conversations between the characters. Definitely an entertaining read in a compact delivery mode. Well done!
The ending is just fabulous! I can completely relate to Pippa's long-standing crush, because I experienced the same situation in my college years. I love how the author made Pippa easy to relate to. And her reaction was spot on! This is a fantastic short story filled with plenty of humor to keep you smiling long after you finish reading it. :-)