Pure fun and pure fluff—the perfect book to read on the beach with a glass of prosecco in hand.

Prosecco & Paparazzi

From the The Passport Series series , Vol. 1

A lighthearted romance packed with glitz, glamour, and celebrities. 

Charlotte Young, a bold, plucky American woman working in public relations in New York City, has planned a reunion ski trip to Chamonix, France, with four of her best friends from her time at Oxford University. The girls are already excited about their getaway, but the trip gets even more thrilling when they learn that Des Bannerman, a dreamy, British romantic-comedy movie star, is in town, too. Charlotte has long considered him to be her celebrity crush, so she becomes determined to meet him. Luckily, she runs into him at a local casino’s blackjack tables; they eventually share a few fun, flirtatious moments (and even a kiss). However, things go awry when the paparazzi snap a photo of the duo and Des’ girlfriend, Brynn Roberts, sees it. She’s not happy, and she lets Charlotte know it. Suddenly, photographers are following Charlotte everywhere; then, out of the blue, she’s served with a restraining order from Des, requiring her to keep her distance. Hurt and confused, she returns home to New York, where her boss, Faith Clarkson, is determined to make the most of her employee’s brief foray into the limelight. She assigns Charlotte one vital task: to figure out a way to sign Des as a client of the PR firm. Now she must plot how to get around her restraining order (and her hurt feelings) while making new friends, taking a new lover, and having countless glamorous adventures along the way. Kennedy’s (Cognac & Couture, 2016, etc.) book is pure lighthearted fun—the kind of story that one can imagine as a glossy rom-com film. It’s packed with entertaining, vivid descriptions of some of the world’s most luxurious destinations, including the aforementioned Chamonix and Manhattan; Long Island’s East Hampton; London; Saint-Tropez, France; and Rome. It’s also filled with steamy, if gratuitous, sex scenes between Charlotte and her lover, Liam, a “gorgeous Irishman.” Although there’s no real lesson or message to be gleaned from this novel’s light plot, it’s escapism at its best.

Pure fun and pure fluff—the perfect book to read on the beach with a glass of prosecco in hand.

Pub Date: Oct. 2, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-692-71076-0

Page Count: 282

Publisher: Girl Parts Press

Review Posted Online: Sept. 5, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2016

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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

A first novel, this is also a first person account of Scout's (Jean Louise) recall of the years that led to the ending of a mystery, the breaking of her brother Jem's elbow, the death of her father's enemy — and the close of childhood years. A widower, Atticus raises his children with legal dispassion and paternal intelligence, and is ably abetted by Calpurnia, the colored cook, while the Alabama town of Maycomb, in the 1930's, remains aloof to their divergence from its tribal patterns. Scout and Jem, with their summer-time companion, Dill, find their paths free from interference — but not from dangers; their curiosity about the imprisoned Boo, whose miserable past is incorporated in their play, results in a tentative friendliness; their fears of Atticus' lack of distinction is dissipated when he shoots a mad dog; his defense of a Negro accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell, is followed with avid interest and turns the rabble whites against him. Scout is the means of averting an attack on Atticus but when he loses the case it is Boo who saves Jem and Scout by killing Mayella's father when he attempts to murder them. The shadows of a beginning for black-white understanding, the persistent fight that Scout carries on against school, Jem's emergence into adulthood, Calpurnia's quiet power, and all the incidents touching on the children's "growing outward" have an attractive starchiness that keeps this southern picture pert and provocative. There is much advance interest in this book; it has been selected by the Literary Guild and Reader's Digest; it should win many friends.

Pub Date: July 11, 1960

ISBN: 0060935464

Page Count: 323

Publisher: Lippincott

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1960

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ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH

While a few weeks ago it seemed as if Praeger would have a two month lead over Dutton in their presentation of this Soviet best seller, both the "authorized" edition (Dutton's) and the "unauthorized" (Praeger's) will appear almost simultaneously. There has been considerable advance attention on what appears to be as much of a publishing cause celebre here as the original appearance of the book in Russia. Without entering into the scrimmage, or dismissing it as a plague on both your houses, we will limit ourselves to a few facts. Royalties from the "unauthorized" edition will go to the International Rescue Committee; Dutton with their contracted edition is adhering to copyright conventions. The Praeger edition has two translators and one of them is the translator of Doctor Zhivago Dutton's translator, Ralph Parker, has been stigmatized by Praeger as "an apologist for the Soviet regime". To the untutored eye, the Dutton translation seems a little more literary, the Praeger perhaps closer to the rather primitive style of the original. The book itself is an account of one day in the three thousand six hundred and fifty three days of the sentence to be served by a carpenter, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov. (Solzhenitsyn was a political prisoner.) From the unrelenting cold without, to the conditions within, from the bathhouse to the latrine to the cells where survival for more than two weeks is impossible, this records the hopeless facts of existence as faced by thousands who went on "living like this, with your eyes on the ground". The Dutton edition has an excellent introduction providing an orientation on the political background to its appearance in Russia by Marvin Kalb. All involved in its publication (translators, introducers, etc.) claim for it great "artistic" values which we cannot share, although there is no question of its importance as a political and human document and as significant and tangible evidence of the de-Stalinization program.

Pub Date: June 15, 1963

ISBN: 0451228146

Page Count: 181

Publisher: Praeger

Review Posted Online: Oct. 5, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1963

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