Saturday, December 10, 2011
High-Heels & Slippers! by Ella Slayne
High-Heels & Slippers! by Ella Slayne
Published by: CreateSpace
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Release Date: July 22, 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance Fiction / Women's Fiction / Chick Lit
About The Author:
Ella Slayne is originally from the North of England, where she studied Drama at Manchester University. She went on to study acting at the Webber Douglas Academy before moving to live in Brussels with her family. Ella currently lives in the US where she juggles the joys of motherhood with her passion for writing.
High-Heels & Slippers!, Ella's debut novel, is the story of Josie Jenkins, a quirky Brit living in Texas, trying to navigate her way around a modern-day love triangle.
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Disclaimer: At the request of the author and Chick Lit Plus (CLP), a Kindle edition of this book was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest review and participation in the virtual book tour event.
Virtual Book Tour Event: On Saturday, December 10, 2011, in association with Chick Lit Plus (CLP), Ella participated in a virtual book tour event with an Author Guest Post on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.
Win a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card: Ella Slayne - CLP Virtual Book Tour Event Contest Giveaway: Nov 26 - Dec 19, 2011
Amazon.com Book Description:
Meet Josie Jenkins, a Brit living in Texas, a fan of indulgent body-scrubs and the odd glass of wine. She's currently Customer Service Manager at Harpers & Green Co, home of high-end shirts and also, rather unhelpfully, Bob Green: her ex-boyfriend (who also happens to be married). She is thousands of miles away from home and her job appears to be in jeopardy - safe to say, Josie's going through a wobbly patch. So when the rather handsome Callum Doherty, (just picture blue eyes and Irish good looks) begins flirting with Josie, she is thrilled ... until she realizes she's not the only girl at work with her eye on the office heart-throb. How can she compete against her pert-bottom rival from the accounts department? Josie's love-life takes another complicated and unexpected turn when out of the blue Josie receives a mysterious Facebook friend request from her high-school sweetheart, Tom Barker. Tom is keeping something from her, drawing her in and causing her to question if it's time to reconnect the past with the present. It's time for some soul searching. Will Josie take the emotional trip back to the UK or try her luck with the handsome Mr. Doherty? Is there heartbreak ahead in Josie's future?
My Book Review:
Welcome to Josie's world! This thirty-something Brit, now living in Dallas, Texas, is one neurotic but lovable hot mess! Josie came to the US as a college drama student in the exchange program, and upon graduating college dreamed of being a Hollywood star. When her dream didn't come to fruition, she found herself employed as a Customer Service Manager at Harpers & Green, a specialty mail order high-end shirt company, courtesy of Bob Green, who had flirted with her at a bar, gave her a job, and oh yeah ... had a two and half year affair with, that was until he called it off because he "just couldn't cheat" on his wife any longer. Now that her world has been turned upside down, she tries to pick up the pieces of her single woman's life, and hopefully her love life as well ... chocolate and wine do wonders ... just saying .. wink, wink!
Amidst the bouts of homesickness for her family in the UK, and the loneliness of living the single-woman's lifestyle, enter three men that will change Josie's life. Dashing Callum Doherty, the office hottie becomes interested in her, and yet there is something mysterious about the man, he seems to have to run home to Chicago a lot ... will Josie solve his mystery and keep him for herself? And then there is good old Bob, seems like he still "wants" Josie ... is she finally over him and ready to move on? And finally, there is a Facebook friend request from an old high-school boyfriend back in the UK, Tom Barker. Josie and Tom swap personal messages on Facebook, but there is something he is holding back from her, and he wants her to come visit him in the UK. Will she follow her curiosity and travel back to the past to find out what she left behind?
Oh and just one more little tidbit to whet your appetite ... Josie is full of quirky habits that she reveals in unsent letters to just about everyone and everything: her family, friends, items (mascara, lycra, etc) and companies (restaurants, trashy magazines, hospitals) ... you name it, she writes it, and every letter will keep you in stitches! So settle back into a comfy chair and have a "cuppa" tea like the Brits do and read all about Josie's story!
High-Heels & Slippers! was one hell of an entertaining book to read! I laughed so much throughout the whole book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Josie's neurotic life! The storyline is well written, and the characters are realistic, there is just something about their unique personalities that add so much more to the story. I ran the gamut of emotions as I read the story, from the highs to the lows, and came away completely satisfied. This book will provide it all for true chick-lit fans, well except for the chocolate and wine, y'all will have to supply that for yourselves! Kudos to Ms. Slayne on a wonderful debut novel, I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.
RATING: 4 STARS ****