Books by Kristin Harmel

Kristin Harmel is the author of two upcoming chick-lit novels from Warner Books: How to Sleep With a Movie Star (February 2006) and The Blonde Theory (February 2007), both of which are part of the launch of Warner Books’ new imprint, 5-SPOT! She is also a


THE WINEMAKER'S WIFE by Kristin Harmel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 2019

"A somewhat entertaining but mostly predictable story; Champagne fans and readers who can't get enough WWII fiction will probably still enjoy it."
Harmel (The Room on Rue Amélie, 2018, etc.) returns with another historical novel set in France during World War II. Read full book review >
WHEN WE MEET AGAIN by Kristin Harmel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"An appealing family saga that connects generations and reaffirms love."
Harmel (The Life Intended, 2014, etc.) returns with a family drama that spans generations. Read full book review >
THE LIFE INTENDED by Kristin Harmel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Though elements of the plot are predictable and the prose is unadorned, this book is well-paced and warmhearted."
Harmel (The Sweetness of Forgetting, 2013, etc.) takes on relationships, family and loss.Read full book review >
AFTER by Kristin Harmel
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

Chick-lit author Harmel incorporates the comparatively serious topic of grief into this predictable yet heartfelt story. Ten months after the car accident that claimed her father's life, high-school junior Lacey has been sublimating her guilt and suppressing her tears by taking care of everyone—her absent mother, withdrawn little brother and reckless older brother—but herself. Just when she thinks no one else could possibly understand her, she meets the hot new transfer student, Sam, who has a family tragedy of his own, and learns that a fellow classmate has recently loss her mother, too. Tired of being seen as "that-poor-girl-whose-dad-is-dead," Lacey forms a support group, based on a real Atlanta-based organization, Kate's Club, for other students who have lost their parents and want to reclaim their identities and the fun in life. While the dialogue and explanations of Lacey's group can be stilted and didactic, the various reactions to grief depicted are real and can serve as a guide for other teen survivors and the adults in their lives. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
THE ART OF FRENCH KISSING by Kristin Harmel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 2008

"Harmel (The Blonde Theory, 2007, etc.) hits all the required marks, and the novel may appeal to those readers who want a location change from the usual New York, but the predictability of the plot renders the book forgettable."
A young woman working in media struggles to find love and fulfillment. Sound familiar? Read full book review >
WHEN YOU WISH by Kristin Harmel
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

Star Beck, a 17-year-old pop sensation à la Britney Spears, can't stand her insane, publicity-driven life or her stage-mother from Hell. She cuts and dyes her hair, then flees to find her long-lost father in Florida. But alas, Star knows next to nothing about life in the real world and hasn't brought enough cash. Landing in a roach-infested motel, she tries to remain anonymous while coping with the new emotions of meeting both her father and a pleasant boy who actually seems to like her for who she really is. Harmel draws Star as a normal girl with an unusual life, allowing her readers to see themselves in her character. The book's surprise depends upon abrupt character shifts, but it's essentially entertainment that aspires to just a bit of depth. Better written than the usual fluff of this type, and fun for girls who wish they were stars. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
THE BLONDE THEORY by Kristin Harmel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2007

"A dull and disjointed second effort from the self-described 'Lit Chick.'"
New York attorney concocts a strange theory to explain her dating slump. Read full book review >
HOW TO SLEEP WITH A MOVIE STAR by Kristin Harmel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2006

"Stale office politics, predictable crises and strangely priggish attitudes; if this book were a person, it would be nervously tucking hair behind its ear, wondering if the reader thinks it's showing too much skin."
Fashion magazine girl interviews hot actor guy, then the whole world thinks they slept together. Read full book review >