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Friday, January 9, 2015

Milked by Lisa Doyle (Book Review)

In association with Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Milked by Author Lisa Doyle!

Book Review

Milked by Lisa Doyle
Publisher: Simon & Fig
Publication Date: November 21, 2014
Format: Paperback - 308 pages
             Kindle - 994 KB
             Nook - 357 KB
ISBN: 978-0985352080
BNID: 2940150533639
Genre: Chick Lit / Women's Fiction


Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.

Book Description:

By and large, Amanda Keane makes pretty good decisions. Okay, she might not have the best taste in men, but she’s got great friends, a good job, and an independent spirit. That is, until her 30th birthday ushers in a whirlwind romance with a sexy Irish musician who leaves her, not at the altar as she imagined, but accidentally pregnant. And when he disappears, she’s downsized out of a job, her apartment is robbed, and lapsed health insurance coverage leaves her with a C-section to pay for, Amanda is launched headfirst into the life of a broke single mom. But her friend and uber successful ob-gyn, Joy, clues her in to an unlikely temp position with one of Chicago’s celebrity elite that just may be the answer to all her woes. Or could it be just the beginning?

It’s with serious trepidation that Amanda embarks on her surprisingly lucrative new career: underground wet nurse to the offspring of Chi-town’s rich and famous. Amanda must quickly understand how to live at the whims and mercy of the one percent as she deals with the irony of nursing – and loving – someone else’s child, while still making ends meet for her own daughter. And then there’s Cute Daycare Dad (aka Dan), who’s obviously interested in her. But can she afford to tell him what she really does for a living? Is her new job (something she thought went out with the 19th century) a shameful thing? Just another way of selling her body? Or does it have something to teach her after all?

A novel of motherhood, its many demands, and all the little triumphs along the way, Milked is a warm and witty debut about making tough choices and traveling the roundabout road to happiness.

My Book Review:

Milked is an entertaining story that follows thirty year old Amanda Keane as she embarks on a new journey when her life takes an unexpected turn.

Author Lisa Doyle weaves a humorous debut tale set in Chicago that follows Amanda Keane as her life unexpectedly changes after a whirlwind and short lived romance with a sexy Irishman, who leaves her alone and pregnant. Faced with the reality of motherhood and other trials and tribulations that befall her, Amanda embarks on a life-changing journey filled with choices, decisions, and stability, along the road to happiness.

Milked was such a fun book to read, it had a little bit of everything: steamy romance, friendships, and the realistic daily trials and tribulations in life and parenthood, that easily kept me engaged and following Amanda's journey. I loved the author's easy style of wit and humor that she used to weave a realistic tale of motherhood and living one's life as best as you can (even with Amanda's new career as a Chicago society wet nurse) that readers could easily relate to. The author does a wonderful job of touching upon the variety of issues that arise with motherhood and how to overcome them, finding romance, and learning from life's experiences and lessons with humor and thoughtfulness.

With a delightful cast of characters; witty dialogue and humorous interactions; a nice mixture of drama and romance; a rich description of the setting that transports the reader to the heart of Chicago; and an entertaining storyline filled with intriguing twists and turns; Milked is a delightful story that will leave a smile on your face!


About The Author

Lisa Doyle is a communications manager and freelance writer based in the Chicago area. A native of Hinsdale, Illinois and a graduate of Miami University, she spent several years editing business-to-business publications for the personal care industry before moving to the nonprofit sector, and currently works in advocacy for homeless families at Bridge Communities in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She has written for major beauty trade publications (Global Cosmetic Industry, Skin Inc, Salon Today, Modern Salon, Renew, Suburban Life) and is a contributor to WOMEN REINVENTED: TRUE STORIES OF EMPOWERMENT AND CHANGE (LaChance Publishing, 2010). Doyle is represented by Claire Anderson-Wheeler of Regal Literary, Inc., a full-service agency based in New York.


Virtual Book Tour

Tour Schedule:
January 5 - Lost in Literature
January 6 - TheEast Village
January 7 – Chick LitPlus
January 9 - Jersey Girl Book Reviews
January 12 - The World As I See It
January 12 - The Book Chic

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