Monday, August 10, 2020

Sweet Escapes

Rom-coms and Chick Lit, it's how I escape, turn off my thoughts, and relax. But they need to have smart, realistic heroines - characters with fluff for brains, frankly, just piss me off. Here are three book recommendations that thread that needle perfectly - smart and entertaining.  

One to Watch, by Kate Stayman-London. The lead character is a "devastatingly stylish plus-size fashion blogger" whose life is turned upside down when she becomes a contestant on a Bachelor-like show called "Main Squeeze." There is a lot of reality show inside baseball that is a great backdrop for the real romance that develops. Trusting your feelings can be tough, even more so when all of America is watching too, and this book doesn’t gloss over the difference between what’s reality TV and what’s real.

The Bright Side of Going Dark by Kelly Harms. I’ve already recommended one of Kelly Harms books (The Overdue Life of Amy Byler) and I loved this one even more. It also passes the Bechdel Test – more than 2 named female characters that have a conversation not about a man.  This book weaves together two stories – a lifestyle influencer that is going through a major crisis and a loner employee of a social media platform that inadvertently takes over her profile. Like the peak at reality TV above, this is a peak inside social media and the world of influencers and sponsored content -- yet has a happy ending. So good!


It’s Not All Downhill From Here by Terry McMillan. Ahhhhhh, no one draws a group of girlfriends better than Terry McMillan. These ladies have known each other for 50 years, and their lives are intertwined as they navigate husbands, mothers, kids, grand kids and everyone in between. Lifelong friends that back you up, support you, but call you out when you have lost your way – we could all use more of that!

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