Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Book Review: Gone with a Handsomer Man

By Melissa Patafio

Teeny Templeton is engaged to one of Charleston, South Carolina’s most eligible bachelors. Bing is handsome, charming, and extremely wealthy. Teeny almost can’t believe her luck. She is even planning to make her own wedding cake, so Bing signs her up for some baking classes. After her first cooking class is cancelled, Teeny comes home early to find her fiance playing badminton in the backyard with two women, naked.

From that moment on, everything changes in Teeny’s world. She loses her fiance, her home and, sometimes, her dignity. But what Teeny finds along the way is far more gratifying than marrying a man you never really knew, or loved for that matter. Teeny also finds a way to make a living doing what she loves (baking) and reunites with an old flame along the way.

Will Teeny ever be able to move on from her troubled past and just be happy? Should she go back to Georgia and her aunt Bluette’s peach farm?

The ups and downs in this book are endless and poor Teeny is put through the ringer. The plot twists just keep coming and your relationship with the characters will change from love to hate and back again multiple times. The story is full of mystery and suspense and I often found myself thinking I knew “whodunnit”, but then changing my mind. There were so many characters that could have been the antagonist that the story held my constant attention.

Michael Lee West did a great job describing Charleston and giving a real sense of the culture of the city. She also created a funny, sassy, scrappy main character that readers will love from the first page.

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1 comment:

Melissa said...

Love the title! Sounds great, thanks for the review.