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The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane

by Kelly Harms

The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2013
    304 pages
    Genre: Novels

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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.

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"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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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!

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.

Beth B. (New Wilmington, PA)

Like a box of Cracker Jack -- a surprise in each chapter
Definitely do not miss this treasure!! Put aside the title that hides its true essence and immerse yourself in this story of three very unique women's journeys and their connection to a house, also a character of sorts. Each chapter begins with a gemlike quote by a cookbook author since food and its preparation are crucial to the plot. Warning: reading this will trigger salivation as well as a reminder of how much we connect food with memories of those we love.

Suggestions for a book club: come up with a better title and solve the puzzle of the foil-wrapped paper plate in the last chapter of section two. Intrigued? I hope you are and will indulge in this creme brulee of a book.

Rayna T. (Auburn, CA)

The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane
I really enjoyed this book. I laughed often and read it when I really needed to relax. I liked all the characters, especially Aunt Midge. She was wonderful, loved her sense of humor and how she handled the 2 girls. It was so interesting to see how the 2 girls finally evolved from how they started in the beginning of the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wanted to enjoy themselves for a day or two just relaxing and reading this book.

I intend to pass it on to many of my book reading friends.

Thanks for sending me this book.

Melissa P. (Greenville, NY)

The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane
A contest is being held where the winner would be given a dream home. The winner's name is Janine Brown. The only problem? There were two Janine Browns who entered the drawing. Janey, was entered into the contest by her Aunt Midge, is a shy woman who loves to cook. Nean is a down-on-her-luck sort of con artist who sees a way out if she wins this home. Both arrive to the dream house. Janey is the true winner and she and her Aunt Midge decide to let Nean stay for a while. After that, their lives take a very different turn from their normal way of life.

This book was a good read. Janey and Nean were interesting characters, though I did want to slap Nean several times throughout the book. Aunt Midge was quite the character; she reminded me of Grandma Mazur from the Stephanie Plum books. This book was a mix of culinary tidbits, romance and a look at life.

I received a copy of this book from BookBrowse in exchange for a review.

Sandy P. (Gainesville, FL)

Surprisingly entertaining
This wasn't at all my normal reading material but that's what I enjoy most about Book Browse. It affords me the opportunity to get out of my normal genres (mysteries and spies) and try something totally uncharacteristic and new to me. This book qualified. I enjoyed it because it didn't have an abundance of characters to keep track of and really did a nice job of character development and the girls learning to be accepting of one another. When you have two 'would-be' winners of a house giveaway you know there's going to be fireworks. One Janine Brown had a penchant for attracting abusive 'bad boys' and the other was dealing with the loss of her true love. Very divergent upbringing and lives but the author somehow made them tolerate each other (with Aunt Midge referring) and actually become fast friends and learn to take care of each other. While the ending is sad it seemed to be the fitting and the final piece to the girls emotional growth and development. As it turned out, Aunt Midge was probably the most positive influence on both of the girls. She definitely spoke her mind and you knew where you stood with her.

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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 enthusiast—Harms can make a lot of things, but not clafoutis. This is her first novel. Visit her at kellyharms.com/

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