Kensington, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Sally Selvadurai
comes on the heels of her debut bestseller,
The Wife of Reilly
, and it continues in her own comedic but sad vein. Mona Warren appears to be the ultimate career woman – an engineer with a large San Diego firm and recently the recipient of a very large house and considerable fortune from her Grandmother. Mona is not happy, though; at almost 31 she has no life outside work ... and when the chance comes to do something about it, she goes against everything she's ever done and takes the plunge into '
ow Mona needs to go to work on herself – her
must be wrong – is this why she doesn't attract men? Mona has a total obsession with her family accountant, Adam Ziegler, and knows that they can live '
happily ever after
' as long as she can persuade him to ask her out! She needs to find out what men want, or rather, one man in particular, and who better to ask than Mike '
' Dougherty, who writes a column in
Maximum for Him
. Mona hires Mike to be her '
' in her quest to win Adam Ziegler and the results are often hilarious ... but read it yourself to see what, and who, turns up!
he book is an easy read, very light and funny, though at times outlandish. How are we to believe that Mona has shed her past entirely and become the consummate consumer, when she grew up on a commune in Montana? And how can she be so blinkered about her oldest friend Greta's life choices? It becomes irritating when Mike keeps referring to her as '
' – it somehow harkens to the film
Mona Lisa Smile
, and does nothing for the story, just grates because it is so obvious. But these are minor qualms. Take
along on a rainy summer weekend getaway – you'll finish it easily and feel good too.
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