The HomeSweetHome network's Free House Sweepstakes has just announced this year's lucky winner of a brand-new, fully-loaded dream home: Janine Brown of Cedar Falls, Iowa.
For Janey Brown, hearing her name called on television feels like the inescapable fruition of her Aunt Midge's endless string of harebrained plans, each of them designed to drag Janey into the world outside the tiny kitchen where she is happiest submerging her anxiety and grief in the pursuit of the perfect pot-au-feu.
Meanwhile, across town, Nean Brown just knows that house is her destiny. When she hears her name, it's almost not even a surprise. Good fortune took its sweet time showing up in her life, but better late than never. For Nean the house promises an escape from the latest in her revolving door of crappy jobs and drunk boyfriends, from being the kind of person other people look at but don't see.
Both Janine Browns head for their new hometown of Christmas Cove, Maine to claim the prize, and when their lives intersect, they discover that more than just a million-dollar dream home awaits them at water's edge. In the vein of Mary Kay Andrews, Kelly Harms's The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane will win you over.
A debut novel about luck and love, and winning a sweepstakes - with a cast of characters who will charm readers from the very first page.
"A perfect recipe of clever, quirky, poignant and fun make this a delightful debut." - Kirkus
"Janey and Nean each have a common name and uncommon hard luck, and when they suddenly have in common a sweepstakes house, their lives begin to change ...Their quirky wit will win you over, even as they fumble through their crazy new life... Alive with warmth and wit; I enjoyed it right through to the satisfying end." - Kristina Riggle, author of Real Life & Liars
"A delightful book bursting with good humor, fast action, and delicious food. Aunt Midge is a pure joy, and I loved Harm's surprising, spirited, and generous slant on what it takes to make a family." - Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of Summer Breeze
"Funny, original and delightfully quirky, Kelly Harms' The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane shows us that sometimes, all we need to make it through one of life's rough patches is a change of scenery and a home-cooked meal." - Molly Shapiro, author of Point, Click, Love: A Novel
"The characters are so well drawn that they practically leap from the page, charming dysfunction and all! A poignant, hilarious debut that's filled with heart, soul, insight and laugh-out-loud moments. It'll make you rethink the meaning of what makes a family -- and if you're anything like me, it'll make you want to pick up and move to 1516 Shipwreck Lane immediately! I'm such a fan of this utterly charming novel." - Kristin Harmel, author of Italian for Beginners and The Sweetness of Forgetting
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Rated of 5
Susan S. (Salem, OH)
The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane
This is the perfect summer beach read..not too light with well developed characters...Kelly harms "Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane" reminded me of reading Jennifer Weiner's " Good In Bed" one wonderful summer.. I was thinking about the good luck girls even when I put the book down. Enjoy!
Rated of 5
Ariel F. (Madison, WI)
What are the chances?
What are the chances of two people in the same city having the same name and winning a house in a Home Sweet Home sweepstakes? This debut novel by Kelly Harms takes you thru their journey. Experience their joys, frustration, trials and tribulations as you go on their journey. Who is the true winner or are they both winners?
I enjoyed reading this novel. I recommend this for a book club or for solo reading. It is a quick read.
My local bookstore will be having Harms in for a reading and signing after her official announcement. I can't wait to meet her and hear her talking about writing this novel. And if we can expect a sequel telling us what happens after the first year!
Rated of 5
Sherri A. (Westbrook, CT)
Good Luck Girls are a good good time...!
Two young women from the same city with the same name and that very name is called as the winner of an amazing house giveaway...what are the chances? I almost cringed when I started this; I knew it'd be either really good or a pure and total letdown...and SO GOOD it was! Shades of early Fannie Flagg, funny, humorous and heartwarming, with characters you want to invite over for a barbeque and beers. The only slight issue I have with this good time of a novel is that both women had "gorgeous guy" encounters almost immediately, in small town Maine..I mean really, what are the chances?
Rated of 5
Sherrill B. (Columbia City, IN)
It was very confusing. even though each chapter was titled I still had trouble figuring out who was talking. Also it never went anywhere not much action or adventure and all they did was cook and make bread. I didn't like the book.
Rated of 5
Mary Beth S. (Mequon, WI)
The Good Luck Girls are our good luck!
Warmth, frustration, love, trust, spirit - gently mix together and let flavors meld over the course of a year. Two women who share the same name each think they have won the HomeSweetHome Network's Free Home Sweepstakes. One is a scrappy fighter, the other an amateur chef. Both have had their share of misfortune and long for a second chance in life and yearn for a family they can call their own. When the real winner is revealed, the second homeowner-hopeful declares squatter's rights in order to continue living in a dream home on the coast of Christmas Cove, Maine. This is the world of The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane, debut novel of Kelly Harms. It is a delightful read that entertains you from the first page to the last, welcoming you to small town New England, drawing you in to the lives of Janey and Nean Brown, and leaving you longing for more.
Rated of 5
Barb W. (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Good Luck Girls
A perfect beach read, this book hooked me almost from the first page. As a fan of both cooking shows and dream home contests, I couldn't help but love the premise of the book. The characters reminded me of some of my friends and co-workers, which made the book even more enjoyable. I will certainly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, summer read!
Kelly Harms is a former editor and literary agent where she worked with a wide array of bestselling and award-winning authors of commercial fiction. She traded New York City for the writing life in Madison, Wisconsin, where she lives with her adorable and sometimes imperious toddler Griffin. She currently works as a freelancer and amateur baking enthusiastHarms can make a lot of things, but not clafoutis. This is her first novel. Visit her at kellyharms.com/
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