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Girl’s Best Friend
by Kristin Billerbeck
Order:  USA  Can
Integrity, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Melissa Parcel

Morgan Malliard has never known a day of poverty. Her gem and jewelry magnate father has provided everything twenty-nine year old Morgan has asked for and more. In exchange for modeling her father's diamonds, Morgan is kept outfitted in the best shoes, clothes, cars, and other things that signify a lifestyle of wealth. But when a case of poor judgment lands Morgan in a scandal, she turns to her Spa Girl friends Lilly and Poppy to help her cope.

Morgan gets the bright idea that she needs to learn what it's like to live in the real world where there are consequences for poor decisions. She wants to live like her friends without relying on daddy's money. Her friends are skeptical that she can pull it off, but are willing to help her try. What Morgan discovers - about herself, about her father, and about what truly buys happiness - shocks her and the other people in her life.

This is the second book in the Spa Girls Collection. I had a very difficult time relating to Morgan as a character. She frustrated me when she couldn't even last a day living on her own. Things she considered tragedies (being unable to buy new shoes) aren't things that many women have in their frame of reference. By the end of the book, she does come to some understanding about herself and others, but it doesn't quite ring true. But I enjoyed getting re-acquainted with the other Spa Girls and following Lilly's story further.

For fans of Christian chick lit, this is a light, fun read. It would be helpful to read the first book in the series, She's All That, in order to have background on the characters and the situations. Humor and interesting plot twists keep the story fresh. I look forward to reading Poppy's story, because she's the one character who is a bit of an enigma. Some romance rounds out A Girl’s Best Friend, which makes the book appeal to a wider audience.

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