Lisa G. (Riverwoods, IL)
The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and plan on recommending it to my friends. The writing was sharp and entertaining and I liked ALL the characters which rarely happens. It deals with human nature, relationships and the importance of family or more correctly, the making of family. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Cindy M. (W. Reading, PA)
Caution - You will be hungry after reading this one!
I was thrown off initially by the alternating point-of-view of the two main characters but, once in the swing of the narrative, I found myself hooked on this charming romantic tale of three women courageously forging a new life for themselves despite the odds against them. Ms. Harms' narrative is inventive and witty and the women characters come to life on the page. The male characters remain flat throughout and sometimes the story is unsurprising in its plot twists but overall this novel makes a perfect "Beach Read". The food references throughout the book made my mouth water and I found myself reaching for my Joy of Cooking to complete the experience.
Sue J. (Wauwatosa, WI)
The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane was a fun, light read. I enjoyed all the characters, especially Aunt Midge. Janine Brown of Cedar Falls, Iowa (and there are 2 contestants with the same name) wins HomeSweetHome network's giveaway dream home in Maine. As the two Janine Browns untangled the ownership of who won the house, life gets a bit crazy. I especially enjoyed the quotes at the beginning of each chapter from a well know chef and all the cooking Janey did throughout the book inspired me to try a few new recipes!
Bonnie B. (Port St. Lucie,, FL)
Janey and Nean both think that they're the winners of a one million dollar home through a contest on the television. They have the same names and live in the same town - Janine Brown of Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Janey works as a seamstress but her true love is cooking. Aside for her Aunt Midge, she is as solitary as people get. "My first instinct is to hide. This is my first instinct in any situation that involves people I have never met. She even gets hives from talking to strangers. She is not that excited at first about winning the house but her Aunt Midge is thrilled.
Nean is involved with an abusive boyfriend, one in a string of losers who are either abusive, drunks, or take advantage of her in one way or another. She is so excited to win the house that she takes the first bus she can to Maine in order to see it.
The book is about these two women and their contest for the home. It is chick-lit in the best sense of the word. The book is catchy and a page-turner. I really enjoyed it.
Janice T. (Ruckersville, VA)
This book started out as sort of funny and different. After winning the house it turned boring and predictable. I found myself skimming through chapters and then I finally skipped to the the last couple of chapters where everything come together as I had predicted it would.
Joan (Miller Place, NY)
A Dream House by the Ocean
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a light, pleasant read, a perfect beach book. If you have always wondered what happens to the "HGTV Dream House" contestants and you love to cook this book is for you. It has broad appeal for so many readers. It is the perfect "escape" book. Put your feet up, pour a glass of wine, relax and enjoy "The Good Luck Girls…." I can't wait to read Ms. Harms next book.
Diane D. (Blairstown, NJ)
Heartwarming & Fun
Two girls named Janine Brown...one enters a contest to win a fabulous house in Maine; the other's aunt enters her name, without her knowledge. The first is SURE she is going to win it, but it turns out that the other one does.
Both girls go to claim the house, and things get dicey, when they meet up. The book keeps you hooked, as you read along, waiting for things to blow up. Both girls have image problems, and there are love interests for both of them as well.
The aunt, Midge, is a funny gal...quirky and stabilizing at the same time. I really enjoyed the book and couldn't put it down, till I finished it. It is a light read, which is something most of us need now & then. Those who like romance will like it, but the story behind the girls' lives is what makes it a good book, so don't let that put you off.