Betty T. (Warner Robins, GA)
Keep It Interesting...
Aunt Midge said keep it interesting...and that is just what Kelly Harms did in this delightful story of the two Janine Browns who both entered a contest for a house and won it. But which Janine Brown was the true winner? As readers, we are all winners upon diving into this book. The characters are charming, realistically human (some lies to benefit one's self, a few drinks too many, sometimes making a fool of one's self), You can't help loving them all and hoping it all works out for them in the end.
Michelle N. (Hillsdale, NJ)
Good Characters, Good Story
If your looking for a book with a fun storyline and intriguing characters, this is it - when two women with the same name think they've won a beautiful house in a sweepstakes, that's when the fun starts. While the women try to figure out who the real winner of the house is, they become friends and learn a few things about each other, friendship and life along the way. It was hard for me to pick a favorite character - brazen rough-around-the-edges Nean, shy timid Janey, or the swanky old bird, Aunt Midge - they all made for a fun quick read and definitely a few laughs along the way! Definitely put this on your summer reading list!
Nancy H. (Eagan, MN)
The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane
I liked this book. I thought the premise of two girls winning the house was interesting and different. My favorite character is Aunt Midge. The story seemed to drag in some places, however, then a surprise would appear. I enjoyed the differences between and two girls and how they became. All in all, it was and enjoyable read and I would read more by this author.
Kay B. (Lake Jackson, TX)
The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane was very fun to read, combining characters with unusual life situations with an interesting setting and cooking as the back story. I love books with characters who enjoy cooking and this one will make you want to get in the kitchen. The relationships are interesting and touching at times. This is not a deep read, but very enjoyable. I would definitely read more by this author.
Laura M. (Huntsville, TX)
The story of Shipwreck Lane is told from 2 different points of view. Janine Brown, called Janey, has won a house in Maine in a contest. Janine Brown, called Nean, hearing her name on television announcing the win, spends every last cent on a bus ticket to what she believes is her new home. Both women are leaving behind a trainwreck of a past and entering a new phase in their lives. I really felt attracted to one of the characters more than the other, but wanted to cheer for both! There is sadness, pain and betrayal, but ultimately hope and joy win out. You can't stop yourself from laughing and will probably cry, but this book won't leave you unmoved. This would make a great read for a book club.
Gwen C. (Clearfield, PA)
The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane
This is the perfect beach book! Have you ever succumbed to cooking shows on t.v. and bought exotic ingredients for an impossible recipe? Have you ever fantasized over living in a dream house and entered a sweepstakes to do so? If so, this is the book for you!
The premise is delightful: Janine Brown of Cedar Falls, Iowa, wins the Dream House Sweepstakes and relocates to Maine for a new start in life. Problem? There are two Janine Browns: shy-beyond-words "Janey" and in-your-face "Nean," both laying claim to the house. Throw in wonderful Aunt Midge and enjoy as the plot is cleverly organized into mix, simmer and serve sections. The narration bounces between Janey and Nean, with each chapter headed by the perfect cooking quote for the contents.
Many books promise laugh out loud moments; this book delivers. Interspersed throughout the story are hilarious pop culture references and unforgettable scenes. I chuckled, howled, and yes, cried, at the appropriate moments. I'd love to meet the author. Anyone who could write this book is my kind of friend. I have been babbling about this book since I first picked it up. My girlfriends are waiting in line to read it.
Jane C. (Brighton, MI)
The Good Luck Girls
I expected this book just to be funny. What a surprise to find it poignant as well. The characters were well developed and there were surprises along the way. What chance would there be that there would be two women in the same town in Iowa by the same name winning a million dollar house? My favorite character in this fast moving book was Aunt Midge. She added many sad and hilarious moments that made you think. Great first book.