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Time Flies by Claire Cook

time flies  When my pile of books starts looking like an avalanche of high-falutin’ literary la di da, I turn to Claire Cook for an antidote to this madness, and she never fails. If you haven’t read her books, she writes in an enjoyable, funny voice and each of her books focus on a woman who’s life has taken an unexpected turn and who may stumble and fall but always in a laugh out loud, true to life way. This one is coming, as usual in June, timed for the beach read crowd, and it will not fail to satisfy the reader. I find that ‘beach read’ books tend to be fluffy romances or funny chick books that are a bit short on funny and somewhat long on stilted writing, this is not the case with Clare Cook’s writing. We (women of a certain age) can identify with her characters, divorced  single mothers, who learn to adapt and survive by following a dream they didn’t even know they had.

In Time Flies, Melanie is newly divorced and has developed an alarming highway driving phobia. She has also become a metalwork sculptor and trying to get her quirky work out in the marketplace. She has relocated from the south shore of Massachusetts where she grew up to the suburbs of Atlanta, thanks to her ex-husband. So when her high school reunion looms and a friend won’t take no for an answer, she has to face her fears and start living. Along the way she discovers that her life is much more interesting than she thought it was as friendships are tested and the another chance at love is once more a possibility. Loved it, and I’m not just saying that because I appear in this novel’s acknowledgements thanks to a very generous Claire Cook!

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“Wallflower in Bloom” by Claire Cook

‘Once you get past the rocky parts, midlife really can rock’    

Once again readers have the delicious opportunity to dive into a Claire Cook novel, with her signature laugh out loud perspective of women in midlife. Deirdre Griffin is the personal assistant to her guru star brother, Tag. His aphorisms are famous (see above for a ‘Deidre’ example). Her life has turned into a 24/7 job promoting her brothers speaking engagements, travel accommodations and facebook and twitter updates. She finally realizes she is not living her own life at all. Drowning her sorrows one night she uses her brother’s huge online following to vote herself onto the TV show  “Dancing with the Stars”. Hilarity ensues, as does a realistic view of a woman in mid-life who decides it’s time to finally ‘get a life’.

Claire Cook manages as always to keep the reader laughing, even as she inspires us to reach higher and life the life we’ve only imagined!

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“Best Staged Plans”

When midlife throws you a curve-ball take professional home-stager (think HGTV) Sandy Sullivan’s advice and pack your reading glasses first so you can see where life is taking you (GPS helps too). Through her comic and sometimes poignant misadventures she finds out that the life she had begun to think she was outgrowing is actually pretty wonderful. And the home staging tips and repurposing Trader Joe dinner ‘recipes’ are ‘keepers’.

Another fun and fabulous novel from a  wonderful author!

Coming in June 2011

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