Book Review: Lucky Charm (Marie Astor)
Twenty-eight-year old Annabel Green is about to tie the knot with her college love, an aspiring author Jeremy Blake, but her plans for an ideal wedding are rudely interrupted when she catches Jeremy kissing his gorgeous book agent.
Shell-shocked by Jeremy’s betrayal, Annabel retreats into the quiet routine of TV dinners and solitary evenings. It is then that Annabel’s best friend, fashion designer Lilly Clayton, sets herself on a mission to draw Annabel out of her shell. In an attempt to persuade Annabel to keep an open mind on dating, Lilly takes Annabel for a stunning makeover, but after Annabel passes on a date with a dashing entrepreneur, Lilly decides that more drastic measures are needed. Lilly invites Annabel to see a palm reader who gives Annabel a lucky charm that is supposed to help her find true love.
A few weeks later, during her trip to Paris, Annabel meets a handsome Parisian, and as the two embark on a whirlwind romance, she starts to believe in the power of the talisman the palm reader has given her. But what Annabel doesn’t know is that Lilly is hiding a secret that could unravel her faith in her newly found luck in love.
Grab yourself a glass of wine, a box of chocolates, light a candle and curl up under your favorite blanket. This was the quintessential chick-lit book. Fun, flirty, a bit of drama, girl-power and a trip to Paris. It has it all.
This story started out a bit slow, centering around Annabel's wedding planning and her job. Of course, the reader can see that there is something fishy going on with Jeremy from the beginning. This is a little frustrating for me, because I just wanted to grab her and shake some sense into her. However, once the situation comes to a head, I absolutely loved the way she handled it. Of course, Jeremy was a sniveling bastard about the whole situation, but Annabel handled the situation perfectly. And, with any break-up comes self doubt and regret and Annabel has her fair share, but she doesn't go overboard with it.
What chick-lit would be complete without a trip to the City of Love? I loved the story while they were in Paris. It's full of awkward, funny, romantic and sometimes sexy moments. I loved watching Annabel progress from an emotionally scarred woman to a woman who believes in luck and love. The story is sweet and light-hearted, leaving me wishing that the trip never had to end.
However, Marie Astor brings the reader back to "real life" when the women return to New York to continue on with their lives. And what better place to wrap up the story than where it all began. Marie Astor made sure to wrap up all the loose ends (which I love!) and give each person their happy ending. Though, there is a certain character I wouldn't have minded seeing face down in a puddle of mud. And the twist at the end with Jeremy? Vindication is so sweet!
This was a fun, quick read, perfect of an evening home with a glass of wine. It flowed well, kept it's pace and could easily be finished in one sitting.
While there is a bit of "suggestion," the author doesn't go into any detail. Marie Astor certainly centers on the romance, leaving the sex to the reader's imagination.
Overall, this was a great read for someone who enjoys a light-hearted chick-lit
A copy of Lucky Charm was provided to me by a promoter in exchange for an honest review.